Laura Curran taps Patrick Ryder as Nassau Police commissioner

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran on Wednesday will nominate acting Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder as the first permanent leader of the 2,500-member department in more than four years.

“Pat Ryder’s almost 35 years of Nassau County police experience will guarantee the exceptional level of safety that the public expects all while controlling police overtime costs,” Curran said in a statement Tuesday. “Pat shares my vision for community engagement and the importance of neighborhood policing.”

Ryder called it “an absolute honor to be named as Commissioner of Police in Nassau County . . . I will work tirelessly to ensure that the residents of Nassau County are protected.”

Curran, a Baldwin Democrat who took office Jan. 1, had been eyeing multiple candidates for the position but ultimately decided to keep Ryder, a 32-year veteran of the force.

Ryder, 55, will make $249,500 in the post, has served as acting commissioner since July. He must be confirmed by the GOP-controlled Nassau County Legislature.

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