Things are always happening on Long Island, and especially in Nassau County. And when the NCPD, the NCPD Foundation and caring citizens come together, GREAT things happen. Check out these events, past events and news stories below. And don’t forget to keep in touch with our Social Media to see more timely news and event information on facebook & instagram.
2020 SHOP WITH A COP
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without our annual Shop with A Cop event at Matty’s Toy Stop in Hewlett. For the past 5 years we have partnered with the PBA to bring 100 homeless children on a shopping spree with the Police Commissioner, County Executive and NCPD Officers at Matty’s. Each child received $100.00 to shop and were visited by Santa Clause and some NFL football players. Although this year we spaced the children out over the course of the day to be safe, everyone had a wonderful time and was able to get themselves into the holiday spirit!
On Thursday, December 10, instead of our annual Shop with a Cop event, we purchased $100.00 gift cards to give to 50 needy children from the Westbury School District. The Commissioner along with members of the PD, including our NCPD Superheroes, and County Executive visited the schools to distribute the cards, as well as some gifts from the NCPD.
The “Holiday Heroes” program helps foster strong community relationships between police and the community, bringing youth together with our officers for some holiday cheer.
Police Officers dressed as superheroes kicked-off the event followed by the County Executive, Commissioner and Members of the Department presenting the gift cards to the students.
NCPD FOUNDATION & TOYS OF HOPE 4TH ANNUAL TOY PARADE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2020
Today along with County Executive Laura Curran, Commissioner of Police Patrick Ryder, and Toys of Hope/America’s Giving Project donated over 1,000 toys to deserving children for our 4th Annual Holiday Toy Parade to elementary school children in Uniondale, Roosevelt and Freeport communities. Although this year the parade was scaled down due to COVID and we couldn’t give the children the toys directly as in years past, we were happy to donate the toys to the schools so that they could ensure their children have a happy holiday season. This year has brought hardship to all, but especially to needy children it has been incredibly difficult and therefore we are happy to have been able to find a way to ensure these deserving children receive a holiday gift from members of the Nassau County Police Department. These vital community initiatives bring police and our communities together and during the current climate they are more important than ever.
THE NCPD FOUNDATION IS PARTICIPATING IN AMERICANA MANHASSET’S CHAMPIONS FOR CHARITY®!
We’re participating in Americana Manhasset’s Champions for Charity®! From December 3-5, 25% of full price pre-tax purchases will be donated to participating organizations. Register for your Champion Number now and choose us as your organization of choice Visit championsforcharity.org to register.
NASSAU COUNTY – THE SAFEST COUNTY IN AMERICA
NASSAU COUNTY, NY — U.S. News & World Report recently named Nassau County the safest community in America. The data was compiled as the organization was finding the healthiest communities in the country.
According to U.S. News, as part of its effort to find the healthiest communities, it looked at how safe communities were. It looked at data on crime, injuries and public safety capacity, as well as the violent crime rate, car crash fatalities, the number of public safety professionals in the population and the per capita spending on healthcare and emergency services.
MASSAPEQUA WRESTLERS PLEDGE TO STAY DRUG FREE
The Massapequa High School varsity wrestling team sent a powerful message to their community and to the youngsters who look up to them by vowing to stay away from drugs. Prior to their match on Jan. 15, wrestlers from both Massapequa and Freeport took part in a short Wrestling Takes Down Drugs presentation.
The purpose of the initiative is to combat the growing opioid epidemic on Long Island. Members of the wrestling team together signed a pledge acknowledging that opioids and related drugs are addictive and harmful to their bodies, and would stay clear from those drugs. They would focus their attention on being the best possible wrestlers.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, who was in attendance with several county police officers, told students to take the pledge seriously as young children in the community see them as role models. He and Friends of Long Island Wrestling President Kevin Murphy presented Chiefs coach Ronnie Serrano with a plaque for the team’s participation in the initiative. Members of both teams wore Wrestling Takes Down Drugs t-shirts provided by the Nassau County Police Department Foundation.
Massapequa wrestling coach Ronnie Serrano received a certificate from Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder (left) and Long Island Wrestling President Kevin Murphy for the team’s commitment to staying drug free.
(Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District)
2019 SHOP WITH A COP AT MATTY’S TOY STOP IN HEWLETT!
Today 100 children from homeless shelters received $110.00 to shop with our Nassau County Police Officers at Matty’s Toy Stop in Hewlett thanks to our partnership with the NCPD PBA. Commissioner Ryder, County Executive Curran, members of the NCPD PBA, NCPDF Board and Santa helped bring smiles to the faces of many!
HEROES & HELPERS 2019
50 Children from Westbury School District got a $200.00 holiday shopping spree courtesy of the NCPD Foundation and Target for the 2019 Hero’s & Helpers. NCPD Officers took each child shopping for holiday gifts along with our real-life police officer superheroes in costume!
3RD ANNUAL NCPD FOUNDATION & TOYS OF HOPE CHILDREN’S CHARITY TOY PARADE – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019
On Saturday we held our 3rd Annual Toy Parade with Toys of Hope Children’s Charity. Commissioner Ryder, County Executive Curran and members of the NCPD distributed over 3,000 toys with NCPD officers to children in Freeport, Uniondale and Roosevelt. Thanks to all of our great Board Members and volunteers, including the Nassau County Law Enforcement Explorers, for making this day so wonderful for the children!
NCPD TAKES DOWN DRUGS FUNDRAISER BIG SUCCESS
We would like to thank everyone who made our first ever NCPD Takes Down Drugs fundraiser a giant success. From our bands who generously donated their time – That 70s Band and Electric Mayhem – to the NCPD Pipes and Drums for entertaining the crowd. This event would not have been possible without the generosity of Mulcahys and our partnership with Friends of LI Wrestling and Wantagh Little League and NCPD Exploring who have helped us spearhead this important anti opioid effort. Finally our amazing sponsors att, 1strcf, officialcsx, our generous Board & Advisory Board Members, NCPD SOA, NCPD DAI, ncpoliceactivityleague, Turk Technologies and OShea Funeral Home, as well as all of the people who came to support this effort. Thank you for helping us end the opioid crisis in Long Island!
THE NCPD FOUNDATION IS PARTICIPATING IN AMERICANA MANHASSET’S CHAMPIONS FOR CHARITY®!
We’re participating in Americana Manhasset’s Champions for Charity®! From December 5-7, 25% of full price pre-tax purchases will be donated to participating organizations. Register for your Champion Number now and choose us as your organization of choice Visit americanamanhasset.com to register.
RIBBON CUTTING AT POLICE BOOTH IN LEVITTOWN
Today County Executive Curran and Police Commissioner Ryder cut the ribbon on our brand-new police booth in Levittown. On the corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Gardiners Avenue, this booth will be an important relieving point for officers in the 8th precinct. Thanks to a generous donation from Home Depot and the continued generosity of Alure Home Improvements, this booth will be the newest in the county. We would like to further thank the generosity of H2M Architects, RMB Consulting and T.A.I Designs for helping to make this beautiful booth a reality. Soon signs on the exterior will be added providing valuable safety information to the public!
2019 COPS & TREATS
On Wednesday we held our second annual Treats & Cops at Forest Lake Elementary School in Wantagh and Winthrop Ave School in Bellmore. Our officers dressed as superheroes greeted the children while the Commissioner talked about Halloween safety. The Commissioner and County Executive gave out our new NCPD Takes Down Drugs frisbees to the over 600 kids.
FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF NCPD TAKES DOWN DRUGS
Come support the Nassau County Police Department’s efforts in stopping the illegal drug use and ending the Opioid epidemic in Nassau County.
NCPD relies heavily on the citizens & community of Nassau County to achieve these goals.
Help support this effort by attending this fundraiser on Saturday November 16 from 4PM – 8PM at Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall at [DIRECTIONS] 3232 Railroad Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793-3709. Tickets for admission will ONLY be available at the door on the day of the event. It will be $65 per person with an open bar, buffet and live music. For more information please call (516) 220-3428.
If you cannot attend but would like to make a contribution in our efforts, please visit and donate at www.ncpdfoundation.org/to-donate/
NCPD K9 GRADUATION
On September 25 we graduated 3 of our NCPD K9 dogs including 2 that were donated by our board members! Bernie and Chief are both certified in narcotics detection and underwent 6 months of training with an additional 2 months of specialty training. They joined K9 Turo, named after fallen NCPD ESU Officer Artie Lopez, who also graduated and was donated by the National Police Dogs Foundation. Together these new dogs make up 10 K9 in this special unit. Chief and Bernie join fellow Foundation donated K9’s Seren and Doyle who joined in 2017.
FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF NCPD TAKES DOWN DRUGS
HEMPSTEAD BACKPACK DRIVE 2019
On Wednesday August 28th, we distributed 1,000 backpacks to children in Hempstead in conjunction with the NCPD and Hempstead PD. Despite the rain the over 1,000 people from the community came to Kennedy Park to join in the festivities – visiting with the Mounted and K9 Unit’s and even playing frisbee with the Commissioner and County Executive. Thanks to our generous donors for allowing us to give these children a great head start to the school year!
NEW CASSEL BACKPACK DRIVE 2019
On Saturday August 24, the NCPD Foundation in conjunction with the Nassau PBA and local legislators gave out 1000 backpacks and school supplies to children in New Cassel at Martin Bunky Reid Park. Kids were able to visit with the Mounted Unit horses, take photos with the police helicopter and its pilots as well as enjoy a BBQ lunch.
CRIME IS TOAST BREAKFAST MEETING 2019
On June 25, the NCPD Foundation hosted a breakfast event at Glen Oaks Country Club regarding the Nassau County Police Department’s status and successes of the latest policing initiatives including opioid and gang enforcement, education and prevention. Speakers included Commissioner of Police Patrick Ryder, County Executive Laura Curran, District Attorney Madeline Singas, and NCPD Foundation Chairman of the Board – Eric Blumencranz. In attendance were community leaders, members of the foundation Board and Advisory Board, elected officials and Village law enforcement partners, who were asked to share this information with their constituents and the communities that they serve.
CENTER FOR TRAINING & INTELLIGENCE – POLICE ACADEMY GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY.
May 29 was a historic day for the NCPD and the NCPD Foundation as we joined the County Executive, District Attorney and members of the Nassau County Legislature to break ground on the historic Center for Training & Intelligence. This 89,000 sq foot police academy, which will be completed in 2021, is a state-of-the-art facility that will house our academy training operations, a 500 seat auditorium and intelligence units. It will be utilized by all local, regional and federal law enforcement partners. Since 2010 the police foundation has been raising money to help construct this facility and to date we have spent over $3.2 million on the architectural and environmental services needed to get this academy underway. We are proud to have been a part of this historic project for the NCPD which will ensure our officers are trained properly for years to come.
LITTLE LEAGUE STRIKES OUT DRUGS
On Saturday, April 13 the NCPD Foundation partnered with the New York Mets and Wantagh Little League to kick off the NCPD’s Little League Strikes Out Drugs initiative. Little leaguers across Nassau County will be issued Little League Strikes Out Drug helmet stickers to show their support in the fight against opioid abuse. The helmet stickers were distributed at this kick-off event with the help of former Mets pitcher Nelson Figueroa and Mr. Met!
COPS AND CURLS
On Saturday, April 13, 34 lucky young ladies from around Nassau County participated in the Cops and Curls Commencement luncheon sponsored by the Nassau County Police Foundation at Matteo’s restaurant in Roslyn. These young student’s ages 9 to 13 over the past two weeks received educational instruction on self-esteem, healthy relationships, nutrition, exercise and etiquette from numerous adult female professionals within Nassau County. This training concluded with the ceremonial luncheon where they were able to wear prom dresses that were collected by members of the NCPD through the efforts of the Nassau County Police Hispanic Society, the Nassau County Police Guardians and the Nassau County Association of Women Police. Cops and Curls was designed to build and continue relationships in the community as well as promote future careers in law enforcement. At the luncheon the ladies enjoyed dancing, a photo booth and comradery from members of the NCPD including Commissioner Ryder!
NCPD NAMES THE NEW NORTH BELLMORE NCPD SPECIAL OPERATIONS TACTICAL TRAINING CENTER AFTER FALLEN NCPD BUREAU OF SPECIAL OPERATIONS POLICE OFFICER GEOFFREY J. BREITKOPF
Bureau of Special Operations Tactical Training House Dedicated on March 12, 2019 in memory of fallen BSO Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf who was killed in the line of duty March 12, 2011. This tactical training house was made possible through a donation by the NCPD Foundation to fund the purchase of the materials and was constructed by the members of the Bureau of Special Operations. The training that will happen here will hopefully prevent other tragedies from happening in the future.
SWOOSH!! THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED & SUPPORTED THE 1ST ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME.
The NETS won over the Memphis HUSTLE, the New York Police Department came in first place, and everyone in attendance & ALL New Yorkers WON at the First Annual Law Enforcement Charity Basketball Game held at the Nassau Coliseum on Sunday, February 24th. Great games & congratulations to the New York City Police Department Team for winning this competition. The NCPD also took home a trophy winning 35 – 25 over the Suffolk County PD, but it was more than a competition. NCPD Commissioner of Police, Patrick Ryder said, “It’s solidarity. It’s brotherhood. It’s about raising money, showing that we give back also, and we’re going to give back to our veterans, which are our true patriots.” Shown are images of the Nassau Commissioner of Police Patrick Ryder with the NCPD Lions Basketball team members and with the Nassau County Explorer Drill Team who kicked off the event. Thanks to all of teams in law enforcement that participated, the Long Island Nets, those fans in attendance, and all those who helped & supported this event.
SLAMMIN’ DRUG ABUSE TO THE MAT. WRESTLING TAKES DOWN DRUGS.
On Saturday, Feb 16 over 300 long island youth wrestlers participated in NCPD’s First Annual Wrestling Takes Down Drugs, a program designed to create awareness of opioid & drug abuse and prevention in Nassau County, was held at Nassau Community College. Nassau Commissioner of Police Patrick Ryder joined by members of the LI Friends of LI Wrestling, members of the NCPD and hometown wrestling heroes such as former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman taught wrestling demonstrations and taught kids about staying away from drugs. The event was sponsored by the NCPD Foundation and t-shirts, bags and wristbands were given to each participant.
Halloween Treats With Cops!
The Nassau County Police Department Foundation sponsored the NCPD’s “Treats with Cops” Halloween Event at the Hicksville Elementary School. This fun event encouraged Halloween Trick or Treat Safety as well as promoting the concept that the Police are our Heroes!
Meet Bernie & Chief
Meet Bernie and Chief the newest members of theNassau County Police Department canine unit! Thanks to the generosity of our NCPD Foundation donors, these special dogs will be trained to detect bombs and narcotics. We will be following them along their training journey to active duty.
Proudly Introducing 3 New Members of the NCPD
Today was a great day for the Nassau County Police Department as they gained 3 new members! K9’s Chief & Bernie donated by the NCPD Foundation along with K9 Touro named after fallen officer Artie Lopez were added to the NCPD K9 Unit making the total unit 12 dogs. These new members will go through 6 months of training before they officially join the force this coming Spring and specialize in either narcotics or bomb detection.
Sometimes what has happened in the past is as interesting as when it was happening. So we’ve archived a few highlighted stories/news/events from the recent and distant past, that we thought you might still might find relevant and find thought-provoking.
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NCPD Foundation Sponsors Police Activity League
July 2018 –
(Garden City, New York) July, 2018– The Nassau County Police Activity League hosted a basketball clinic in association with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the National Police Athletic/Activities Leagues (PAL), Jr. NBA and the Leadership Foundation as part of a 15-city nationwide youth basketball and life skills program/clinic on June 30th sponsored by the NCPD Foundation.
NCPD Foundation Helps Sponsor Team Building Academy
June 2018 –
(Garden City, New York) June 12, 2018– The Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) Foundation is proud to accept a $10,000 contribution from AT&T to benefit the NCPD Explorer Program and its 2018 Team Building Academy.
Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) Honoring NCPD’s Veteran Officers
June 4, 2018 –
(Garden City, New York) On June 4, 2018, we were proud to sponsor the NCPD’s first ever ceremony honoring our active and retired military veterans including two of our finest who served in WWII.
NCPD Memorial Park
May 2018 –
Finished product of today’s hard work – NCPD Memorial Park — thanks to the hard work of the Police Explorers, Nassau County Police Department members and Nassau County Police Department Foundation who volunteered today to make the park and the memorial ready for Tuesday’s ceremony.
Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) Foundation, 2017 Heroes & Helpers
December 6, 2017 –
(Garden City, New York) On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, the Nassau County Police Department Foundation partnered with the Westbury Target store to host a community event called Heroes & Helpers. The event pairs police officers from the NCPD with 40 financially disadvantaged children from within the Westbury School District. The Heroes & Helpers program helps foster strong community relationships as children from the Westbury area shop with police officers for holiday gifts for their families through an awarded Target grant. This year the NCPD Foundation generously matched Target’s grant doubling each child’s spending limit to $250.00 per child. [read more]
NCPD Foundation & Toys of Hope & Giving Project
December 2017 –
(Garden City, New York) December 2, 2017– The Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) Foundation, Toys of Hope Children’s Charity and American Giving Project host a toy parade for disadvantaged children in the Roosevelt, Uniondale, Freeport and Baldwin communities.[read more]
Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) Foundation Announces $65,000 Equipment Donation to Auxiliary Police and Advanced Medical Technicians
June 10, 2013 –
In support of the Nassau County Auxiliary Police and Advanced Medical Technicians (AMT’s), the NCPD Foundation raised $65,000 to purchase 600 high-visibility raincoats, hat… [read more]
Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) Foundation Announces Financial Support for R.E.A.C.H. Program NCPD Foundation helps fund innovative program that aids those with cognitive disorders
April 2, 2013 –
In support of the Nassau County Police Department Return Every Adult & Child Home (R.E.A.C.H.) Program, the NCPD Foundation donated $6,000 to purchase 5,000 wristbands, lanyards and identification cards to help officers identify individuals registered in the program… [read more]
Nassau County Police Department Foundation Re-Launches Website
A brand new interface highlights their Center for Law Enforcement and Intelligence
October 24, 2011 –
The Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) Foundation, a non-profit public-private partnership aimed at raising funds to build a state-of-the-art police academy and intelligence center in Nassau County, today relaunched their website (www.ncpdfoundation.org) to provide more robust information about their mission and the progress of it. [read more]