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    Office Of The Mayor

    Community and Police Relations Task Force

    The Mayor's Community and Police Relations Task Force will work to address community/police relations in New Haven in an effort to improve community based policing in three meaningful ways:

    1. Assessment and Evaluation:

    • Review history of community based policing in New Haven to gain a better understanding of roles played by police and community members in crime prevention and law enforcement.
    • Identify where and when these roles are distinct and independent; where and when these roles intersect and overlap.
    • Review District Management Team structure, including boundaries, membership, and oversight.

    2. Policies and Procedures:

    • Review New Haven Police Department protocol regarding use of force, including when its use becomes necessary, what constitutes measured and appropriate use, and established manner in which force is used.
    • Embrace increased likelihood of photographs and videotaped recording of police activity by both police personnel and civilians. Review policies and guidelines pertaining to same.
    • Create recourse mechanism for any of those who believe the use of force was unnecessary, inappropriate, and unreasonable.

    3. Recommendations to improve community/police relations:

    • To be approved by unanimous consent of voting members.
    • To be made to Mayor Harp and the Board of Police Commissioners.

    Click Here to view:
    Interview with Dr. Williams

    Click Here to view:
    The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

    Additional Resources

    March 12th Wall Street Journal

    May 22nd NH Register Article

    May 27th Newhavenindepedent.com article

    May 27th New Haven register.com article

    June 22nd NH Register article

    July 23rd article

    Aug 5th  NCB30.com

    Aug 5th Middletown Press article

    July 12th, 2016 WTNH News Story: Use of force, traffic stops, & other findings from New Haven task force

    Public Hearings


    For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    July 30, 2015


    Contact: Bianca Bowles

    203-946-8200

    MAYOR HARP'S COMMUNITY AND POLICE TASK FORCE TO HOST THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF PUBLIC HEARINGS.

    New Haven-A Public Meeting has been scheduled, Wednesday, August 5, 2015 for members of the entire New Haven community to address community/police relations in New Haven in an effort to improve community based policing.

    The event is scheduled 6 - 8 p.m. at Wexler Grant-55 Foote Street-in New Haven. Members of the City and statewide press corps are invited to cover this event.

    The New Haven Community and Police Relations Task Force comprises 17 members and seven ex-officio members, including peace advocates, Chiefs of the New Haven and Yale University police departments, clergy members and community representatives.

    Harp has chosen Dr. Leroy Williams and Rabbi Eliezer Greer as the co-chairs of the taskforce.

    The task force will take a more broad-based view of community relations with police, evaluate the current relationship between city residents and the police force and look at ways to improve that relationship, according to the mayor's office.

    Among the task force's responsibilities will be to assess and evaluate community policing, to look at policies and procedures and police department protocol, including police use of force.

    The group is looking for the public to be frank come prepared with ideas, suggestions, recommendations to improve community policing.