Almost entirely hidden by shrubbery, the Mineola Auxiliary Police Department headquarters is situated just to the…More south of a recharge basin, and could often be mistaken for a pump house. Public access to the building is only available through the rear entrance.
Equivalent to a neighborhood watch, the main job of the all-volunteer Auxiliary Police is to prevent crime, but members are not armed like traditional police officers of the Towns of North Hempstead and Hempstead.
Any Nassau County resident between the ages of 17 and 65 are eligible to become a member of an auxiliary police unit. All applicants must first attend classes and training at the Nassau County Police Academy, where they are taught self-defense, first aid, CPR and the use of a nightstick. Only those over the age of 21 are allowed to work patrol duties, which is done through use of an auxiliary police car. Members aged 17 to 21 are assigned to the radio communications unit.
With more than 2,550 police officers, the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) is one of the largest in the…More country. The department has more than 200 marked patrol units operating across eight precincts located throughout Nassau County.
The NCPD was founded 85 years ago by the then-County board of supervisors and serves areas in the County, which do not have their own independent police forces.
The command structure is made up of one commissioner, two deputy commissioners, two assistant commissioners, a department chief and the respective precinct heads.
This department has specialized squads such as arson/ bomb, crimes against property, district attorney squad, electronics, forensics, homicide, major offense, investigative services, narcotics, robbery, special investigations and special services.
The NCPD also has an auxiliary police department comprised of volunteers.