Nassau Police brace for biggest security challenge in decades


Campus Public safety, Nassau County Police Department, and the Secret Service will safeguard the presidential debate on Monday, September 26, at Hofstra University. However, these departments prefer to keep their security measures under wraps until after the debate.

Detective Vincent Garcia of the Nassau County Police Department said, “Obviously our main concern is public safety. We have done this twice before and will have adequate manpower to protect the attendees, the media covering the event, the protestors and the public.” He explained that a “substantial” amount of officers will work to protect the debate, but how he is unable to disclose the actual number of officers at this time. Garcia said, “NCPD will be prepared to handle however many [people] show up.”

“This is arguably the most significant security event in the last 30 years in Nassau County,” said acting Nassau Police Commissioner, Thomas Krumpter, at a press conference at the university on Tuesday.

He expressed how his department has been preparing for the debate for months by building security fences around the campus and along Hempstead Turnpike. This is after officials stated to expect 10,000 protestors at this year’s debate.

As of now, the Nassau County Police Department provided the public with one detailed security measure – street closings: The closing of Hempstead Turnpike between Eisenhower Park and Oak street from noon to midnight and of Earl Ovington Boulevard and Charles Lindbergh Boulevard between 5 A.M to midnight, as well as several residential streets becoming only one way.

Secret Service Agent, Joseph Muscatello, explained how TV personal, large public crowds, and politicians tend to bring out chaos, but could not speak further on the security for the debate.

Both the Secret Service and Hofstra Public Safety declined to discuss any details on the security protocols their departments have taken to prepare for the debate.

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