By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau Police have announced another in a series of cutting-edge proactive and preventative measures to keep residents safe – this time from domestic violence.
Wireless Panic Alarms, which will soon be in schools throughout Nassau, will also go to victims of domestic violence in the County.
When activated by the push of a button, the wireless panic alarm establishes a two-way microphone between the alarm and the NCPD and will stay activated and record until terminated by the police. The alarm also provides a GPS location, thereby generating an accurate location for responding police officers. This unprecedented program helps provides law enforcement with real-time intelligence that is critical to saving lives.
Nassau Police will purchase the pocket-sized alarms with grants and expect to have them in place about the end of the year. Each school in the County will get 5 wireless alarms.
County Executive announced the deployment of the alarms at a ceremony commemorating the work of the Nassau County Family Violence Task Force – which he formed soon after taking office. The ceremony this week also recognized victims of domestic and family violence as well as the work of the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
That evening – October 25 – the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building was illuminated as part of Nassau County’s ongoing Domestic Violence Awareness campaign.
“Family and domestic violence is one of our society’s true tragedies because the victim is being abused by a trusted person in his or her life,” he said. “I was proud to become New York State’s first County Executive to declare a Public Health Emergency in Family and Domestic Violence in Nassau County. I further empowered our Task Force through its work to send out the clear and unequivocal message that VIOLENCE IS NOT THE ANSWER.”
Attendees at the ceremony included Task Force Commissioner John Imhof; Assemblyman David McDonough; Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford; and Judge Hope Schwartz Zimmerman, Supervising Judge of the Nassau County Matrimonial Court.
“When I took office in 2010 I knew that I wanted to immediately tackle the family and domestic violence issues that are all too prevalent in Nassau County,” Mangano said. “Two months into my administration I appointed a distinguished panel of individuals to serve on my Family Violence Task Force.
Mangano said that in 2012 alone, there were 15,895 domestic violence incident reports made to the Nassau County Police Department.