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Posted on: August 4, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Note from the Board of Trustees regarding Public Safety

  • The Board of Trustees are your neighbors.  We all live and have raised our families in the Village of Old Westbury.  While we may sometimes fall short in communicating our objectives and our agenda, all important Village notifications are posted on our website and discussed at our monthly public Board of Trustees meetings. We would like to start by noting the following:
    1. The Board of Trustees (BOT) will always act as a fiduciary to the Village and its residents, and in a fiscally responsible manner.  Whether that relates to our Police Department, or any of the functions and responsibilities that you, our neighbors, have entrusted us to address.
    2. The safety and security of the residents of this Village is our top concern.  A Village does not choose to maintain its own police force because it is cheaper.  Let’s be clear: It is not cheaper.  A Village chooses to maintain its own police force so that it can have control over its safety and security. As fellow tax payers it is what we all deserve and expect. As your Trustees and your neighbors, we have heard and understand your concerns and are addressing them.
    3. This Board has been actively working to, in many ways, bring our Village fully into the 21st century, by improving our infrastructure, our roads, our IT systems, and our security.

 

  • While the current increase in crime brings our Police Department into the forefront, this Board has been actively working to improve the Department’s performance through various measures.
    1. The BOT has already increased patrols during the evening hours, as well as deploying unmarked police vehicles.
    2. We had tested the efficacy of private security patrols earlier in the year, and with the lessons learned we are now reviewing bids for new private security patrols to be implemented within the next few days.
      • Private security patrols will be comprised of active or former Nassau, Suffolk, or NYC police officers.
      • They will not have police power within the Village and will not be armed.  
      • Rather, these security officers are intended to act as an extension of the trained eyes and ears of our Department and will work to ensure that we leverage our resources effectively and direct those resources where they are most needed.
      • The security vehicles will be marked as “Patrol in reflective material” and will have a yellow flashing light on the roof of the vehicle.

 

  1. The BOT have acquired additional cameras with artificial intelligence, and working with our carriers, they will be deployed throughout various locations within the Village.
  2. In addition, we are expanding our LPR network. That will include two patrol cars, and other fixed locations in the Village, to not only track vehicles dynamically but also aid our detectives and officers to pursue, apprehend and investigate crimes committed within the Village.
  3. The BOT is actively working with the Nassau County Police Dept. as they take over the primary responsibility for patrolling and protecting the Long Island Expressway.   While our PD may still be called upon to assist in the case of some vehicular accidents, we will not be actively patrolling or monitoring the LIE.  This will allow us to redirect and prioritize our officers on the interior of the Village to provide additional safety and security for our residents.
  4. We have greenlighted the Department to contact the Civil Service Administration as we intend to add two additional officers to our force.
  5. We retained Redland Strategies to provide a professional analysis of the OWPD and its policies and practices with an emphasis on establishing best practices.   We engaged Redland on April 18, 2022 and had a preliminary meeting regarding their findings two weeks ago and expect to receive a comprehensive report shorty. When completed, the Redlands report will be available for our residents to review. Redland will be at our meeting on August 9th and will be available to answer any questions you may have. The Redlands report when completed will be made available to the public.

 

We look forward to meeting with everyone this Tuesday, August 9th at our Department of Public Works facility where we can discuss this further and answer any questions that you may have.

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