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Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale has been ousted and replaced after an investigation by the district attorney.

County Executive Edward Mangano issued a statement saying that after District Attorney Kathleen Rice investigated "a troubling matter … regarding questionable influence within the Nassau County Police Department," he met with Dale, who resigned.

The investigation was over a report that Dale told cops to pull over a county bus and arrest a witness involved in an election year dispute, according to Newsday.

"Upon further investigation, the District Attorney found no evidence to indicate criminality but the investigation itself indicates a fresh look at internal procedures is warranted," Mangano said in a statement. "This approach is necessary to maintain the highest standards of police internal administration. New leadership sends a clear message that stringent administrative review and application is underway."

Prior to becoming police commissioner two years ago, Dale was the chief of personnel with the NYPD.

Mangano installed Victor Politi, the deputy county executive for public safety, to serve as acting police commissioner.

Chief of Detectives John Capece retired, according to Mangano, who appointed Inspector Kevin Smith to replace him.

"The Nassau County Police Department has suffered a series of setbacks related to a handful of employees over the last decade," Mangano said. "However, it is important to note the overwhelming majority of police officers serve our residents honorably and I thank them for their dedication to protecting our neighborhoods and making Nassau the safest large county in America."

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