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Q: Why build this facility?
A: We have always maintained a community policing philosophy that has served our county residents well for decades. Due to the professionalism and efforts of our police force, we have continued our high level of training despite the adverse conditions the recruits have endured at our temporary training facilities. With budget cuts that are requiring us to put less uniformed officers on the streets, it is necessary that the Nassau County Police Department combines their community policing and intelligence-lead policing model with a predictive policing model in order to do more with less efficiently. This new training center will allow our officers to leverage state-of-the-art technologies and share information more efficiently at the local, state and federal levels maintaining the high-standard of policing the men and women of this County have learned to expect.
The Center for Law Enforcement & Intelligence is very important to our police force, as it will greatly improve our officer training and help us to build even stronger partnerships with other law enforcement agencies — including the FBI, IRS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program and others. Having a cohesive, highly trained and technically capable law enforcement team on Long Island is exactly what we need right now to keep our region safe.
Further, this facility will also be available for public sector use by providing a 500-seat auditorium and open space to house conferences, receptions, meetings, fundraisers and other business/community events, bringing tax dollars and business into Nassau County.
Q: How will it benefit the community?
A: With the budget cuts and financial difficulties facing Nassau County, we are forced to uphold the same high-standard of policing with fewer officers on the streets. Therefore, it is necessary that our law enforcement officers are trained in the highest level of policing standards so that they can operate effectively and efficiently while protecting our communities. By combining our training efforts with our federal partners in a state-of-the-art facility, we will be able to teach our officers the most up-to-date techniques allowing them to better prevent and solve crimes.
The Center of Law Enforcement & Intelligence will be a national model for law enforcement training facilities putting Nassau County on the map as a leader in law enforcement excellence. In addition, the 18-24 month construction of this facility will require a large union labor force, which will help spur economic growth in Nassau County, as well as create jobs. Finally, the facility will serve as a venue for public conferences and events, which will both generate revenue for Nassau County and provide for an additional space to be used by businesses and residents.
Q: Why not use government funds?
A: Due to Nassau County’s current fiscal state, there simply isn’t enough money in the budget to build such a large-scale project. The Center for Law Enforcement and Intelligence will be built on a 14-acre plot of land located on the grounds of Nassau Community College, which will make the Nassau County Police Department Foundation (NCPDF) eligible to apply for a matching grant from the New York State Dormitory Authority and other state funding agencies, allowing dollar-for-dollar matched donations towards our fundraising effort.
Q: Who will use the building?
A: The Center for Law Enforcement & Intelligence will be used by members of the Nassau County Police Department, our federal, regional and local law enforcement partners, criminal justice students from Nassau Community College, as well as members of the public.
Q: Is this building going to be energy efficient?
A: The Center for Law Enforcement & Intelligence will be the largest Nassau County-owned “Green” building as we are seeking LEED certification for the facility. In addition, we are aiming to make this Center as close to a net zero building as possible, utilizing geothermal, solar and wind technologies to power the infrastructure of the building. This would be the first net zero commercial building on Long Island to be built from the ground up utilizing the net zero formula.
Q: Is this building taxpayer funded?
A: The Center for Law Enforcement & Intelligence is a public/private partnership with 60% of the funds being generated by the public sector and approximately 40% being sought from the private sector.
Q: Can the facility be used to generate revenue for Nassau County?
A: The center will bring in revenue for Nassau County in various ways. The public space of the Center can be rented out for private gatherings, ceremonies, events, and conferences generating much needed funds for Nassau County. In addition, the tactical village adjacent to the building will be available to film production studios to be used as movie/television sets, commercial shoots and other various production needs for a fee.
Q: How often will this building be used for police officer training?
A: The portion of the building sanctioned for law enforcement training will be used on a daily basis by members of the Nassau County Police Department, as well as members of our federal, state and local law enforcement partners.