Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Police Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder recently hosted an official opening and building dedication ceremony of the David S. Mack Center for Training and Intelligence. Construction on this state-of-the-art facility, located on the campus of the Nassau Community College, began in 2018 and was just recently completed. The new center will be used to train a multitude of agencies and its members including recruits, police officers, communications bureau operators, probation officers, corrections officers, and deputy sheriffs, among others. Local, state and federal agencies will also utilize the facility for training and investigative purposes. The center will serve as a community hub for the county, hosting programs such as the Police Youth Academy, Citizens Police Academy, Police Athletic League (PAL) and Nassau County Law Enforcement Explorers.
The David S. Mack Center for Training and Intelligence is dedicated to the men and women who serve and have served in the police department. Until the new 89,000-square-foot facility’s completion, the Nassau County Police Department, the 13th largest police department in the country, had not had its own training facility in almost four decades. Since 1982, the NCPD had been shuttled around the county to various vacant spaces for training, including most recently the old Hawthorne Elementary School in Massapequa Park.
“It’s a proud and historic day for Nassau County. This cutting-edge facility will ensure that we continue to have the best-trained and most effective police force so we can keep Nassau the safest county in America. The David S. Mack Center for Training and Intelligence will be a vital resource for the entire law enforcement community, ensuring that our police training, intelligence, and counter-terrorism have access to the best technology, tools, and high-tech data analytics required in order to proactively address the threats facing our region now and in the future. From my very first day as County Executive, I have been pushing to get this academy built—and we got the job done. It wouldn’t have been possible without David Mack, and I want to thank him especially for his support,” Curran said.
Ryder added, “Today’s official opening and dedication of the David S. Mack Center for Training and Intelligence brings Nassau County policing and Intelligence to the next generation. On any given day there can be hundreds of recruits and officers receiving important training in Cultural Diversity, Ethical Awareness, Deescalation and instruction on penal law and criminal procedure law. The Field House will help us continue to promote community relations as many programs will be held in this facility. Our intelligence-led policing model continues to keep Nassau County as the safest community in America for the last two years.”
The David S. Mack Center for Training and Intelligence ushers in a new era in police, correction officer, deputy sheriff, and probation officer training and community engagement in Nassau County. Main components of the new, modernized training center include:
• Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence Lead Development Center
• 500-seat Auditorium
• Fitness Center
• Emergency Vehicle Operations Course
• Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Warehouse
• 10 multi-purpose classrooms that can be combined to five-large 70-person rooms for training
• SCIF—a ‘Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility’ to process classified information (the only one on Long Island)
The new facility will provide ample benefits, including assisting NCPD recruitment efforts through partnership with the Nassau Community College and its diverse student population. The new center allows NCPD to utilize new technology and implement a state-of-the-art Real Time Intelligence Center that will integrate current technology, intelligence gathering tools and create the most effective and efficient police department that will continue to provide the safest community for its residents. The Center provides access to Nassau’s 18 village and city police departments situated throughout Nassau County, as well to New York City and Suffolk County. Additionally, the center serves to strengthen relationships within the Law Enforcement Community through joint trainings including but not limited to the FBI, DEA, IRS, USSS and ATF.
The Nassau County Police Department Foundation was formed in 2008 to assist the building of this critical facility through public and private sector donations. The Foundation recommended that the County name the facility in honor of David S. Mack thanks to his generous contributions to the Foundation and the entire law enforcement community.
—Submitted by the office of Nassau County Executive Laura Curran