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Nassau County Police Commissioner Says Farewell

Lawrence W. Mulvey is saluted by fellow officers and staff members as he begins retirement.

After 38 years in law enforcement, Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey walked out of headquarters and into retirement on Thursday.

Mulvey, who served as the county’s top cop since 2007, was given a grand send off on his final day on the job as staffers lined the hallways to say their final goodbyes and top brass stood at attention outside the Mineola building to give him a last salute.

"I'm overwhelmed," Mulvey said just before his noon departure.

"I'm proud of my tenure here as commissioner," he added, "being with the police department for 38 years and the great team we've had."

Mulvey served as the county's 12th commissioner. He spent 11 years in uniform serving in several units, from narcotics and auto theft to hostage negotiation. Before getting the top spot he was an assistant to the police commissioner representing the department in matters that came before the county legislator. He also served as the department's liaison to the county executive.

As commissioner he presided over the department during a time of fiscal belt tightening.

"We've done some amazing things in very difficult economic times," Mulvey said. "We are recognized as the safest community of a half million or more in the United States of America."

The outgoing commissioner said that in the first quarter of 2011 major crime is down in the county by 17.5 percent over the same period a year ago despite  having staffing levels that are at mid 1960s levels.

Mulvey also said he was pleased with the work the department did in less affluent parts of the county such as Uniondale and Roosevelt.

"We've deployed shot spotter technology," he said. "I'm proud to say that since Christmas Eve we've only had one gunshot fired  in that community."  

Prior to that in the same period there had been 83 shots fired in the area, according to Mulvey.

With Mulvey leaving, the acting police commissioner will be Thomas Krumpter, 44, of East Northport. A 19-year veteran of the force, Krumpter spent about half his career on patrol before working the last decade with the commissioner's staff.

Losing Mulvey is going to be difficult, according to Krumpter.

"He's gotten us through some very difficult times and despite fiscal restraints, he's managed to advance the department and keep it among the best in the country," Krumpter said.

Going forward, Krumpter said the department is "just going to have to step up and provide the services that the county residents have come to expect."

He may have big shoes to fill as evidenced by the reception Mulvey received as he made his final exit.

The commissioner passed through the ranks of department heads, mounted officers stood at attention on their horses and two police helicopters flew overhead.

The assembled ranks gave Mulvey one final salute and the now ex-commissioner responded with a smile and a wave, before stepping into an SUV and getting an escort back into civilian life.

CS April 01, 2011 at 09:22 PM
Tom Baxter April 02, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Nassau cops won't take on MS-13.....but they will take on their massive severance packages. What's Mulvey's.....how much of the good life does he get for working in a safe and chushy job, driving politicians around town his whole life? Cops are the most over rated profession, very very few risk their lives every day for us., and the most serious thing they ever deal with are accidents! Being a cop is the ticket to weath and a cushy retirement. Nobody on the force is going to risk that by actually getting into a tight spot...most will avoid it. Basically cowards. Certainly not heros.
Scott Clarke April 02, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Tom might be a little over the top in his assessment, but i have to say MANY feel the same way as he. I believe more office workers were killed at work than police officers. They have created an extremely lucrative profession out of one that never used to be that way. A majority of the "crime" in nassau is traffic related. Meanwhile, gangs prosper here. Doesn't seem right. The taxpayers are outraged. The police can't understand why. Im just saying how many feel.
Rick April 02, 2011 at 01:02 PM
I don't have time to reply as I would like, but Tom your opinion on what cops do is meaningless because you do not do it. Have you not visited wyandanch, Central Islip, Brentwood, Roosevelt, Uniondale, Valley Stream, Elmont, and even some of the cushy towns you live in..more things go on than you see....gangs are taken on everyday unfortunately the courts and our liberal system let these mutts walk out of jail, and don't deport the ones that don't belong here..cops hands are tied by our liberal system...I grew up in queens and the cops would give us an ass beating when we screwed up..And our parents would not complain because they would have an ass beating waiting as well..enough bashing people who try to help you everyday...and yes the majority do want to help and have no problem bashing the paper pushers and the few that do hide until their pensions kick in...sorry about spelling mistakes but I rushed this out.
Massa April 04, 2011 at 06:05 PM
I do believe that Nassau county PD could do alot more in the communties in which they serve. I have respect for all officer, but do see a big problem with the supervision in Nassau and Suffolk county Departments. Most officers were City officers at one time and came to work for higher pay in safer areas. I see to many at the firehouses ( which most serve alcohol) and not supervised. I don't see how the Depts don't see that as a big problem, it just isn't right. It would be nice to see sector cars patroling the back streets and not parked at the train stations, firehouses or parks. Patrol means riding and patroling and protecting your area.And the shopping while on duty is a disgrace to the uniform and the community to which you serve. I think police officers are great and I admire most of them, and they are heros, but they serve the ones who pay thier paychecks and should remember that.


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