The City is committing to strengthening the Police Department and having a strong community policing program; both of which will assist in working toward New Haven’s number one public safety goal: reducing violence.
Yesterday, I joined New Haven Police Chief Dean M. Esserman in welcoming many of the 40 new police officers who are completing their field training and will soon be deployed to walking beats throughout the City.
Every neighborhood will be getting a new walking beat police officer when the 40 new officers are deployed across the City in the coming weeks. In addition to the 40 new officers introduced to the public yesterday, the NHPD will be bolstered again later this year when 27 officers who are currently in the police academy finish their training and, yet again, when a new recruitment drive begins which will add an additional 40 officers by year’s end.
In addition to hiring more officers, the City is providing new training for existing NHPD staff. Earlier this year, the Police Department promoted 19 to Sergeants and 15 to Detectives; all of them have attended “Command College,” which provides best practices training for the New Haven Police Department by bridging the gap between academic research and its real-world application. Command College was made possible by a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
In addition to strengthening the police force, the City of New Haven is pursuing other strategies to reduce violence. We are engaged in preventative work through the Street Outreach Workers and by supporting youth programs that provide City youth with the skills, options and support that haven identified by the CDC to lessen the chance that they will turn to crime; we have a strong focus on preventing recidivism through the City’s Re-Entry services and we are working on enacting better gun control legislation.
Budget Briefings for Residents
The City of New Haven has worked through some extremely hard economic times and is still thriving. This year, the City is presented with an even tougher challenge than is typical. While claims are made that the proposed state budget is “hold harmless” to municipalities, the reality is it results in dramatic revenue reductions to New Haven.
Despite this, I am certain that if we are strategic and efficient, we can ensure the protection and growth of initiatives that are vital to our city. It will not be easy—we will have to make difficult decisions about what is essential versus what is desirable for our City—but I know we can do it.
Over the next month, I will be holding informational presentations about the City’s budget at meetings across the City. I encourage you to attend these informational meetings in order to gain an understanding of both the City’s budget priorities and the challenges presented for the City as a result of the proposed State budget, as well as ask any questions you may have.
The next one will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27th at 7 PM, Roberto Clemente School, 360 Columbus Avenue. This is an ADA compliant building.
Decades ago, in the 1950s, a neighborhood in New Haven was destroyed for the construction of Route 34. In order to construct the highway, 1,481 families were displaced, hundreds of buildings were demolished and another neighborhood—the Hill—was cut off from Downtown.
On Friday, a new chapter in New Haven history began to unfold as I joined with city, state and federal officials for the first groundbreaking ceremony of the landmark Downtown Crossing project. Downtown Crossing will get rid of the Route 34 highway in New Haven and reconnect city streets to create a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environment that will set the stage for further economic development.
Residents and commuters into New Haven are urged to stay up to date on detours and road closings that will result from construction by signing up for traffic alerts at the Downtown Crossing website here
Mill River District Redevelopment—Public Meeting
Residents are invited to participate in a community meeting for Phase 2 of the Mill River Planning and Redevelopment Initiative, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6PM at the John Martinez School Library, 100 James St.
Topics will include potential new zoning for the area, waterfront redevelopment strategies, and more. This meeting is open to the public, so please spread the word and bring your neighbors! Light refreshments will be served and Spanish language translation will be available.
For more information, go here
DPW ANNOUNCES START OF 2013 STREET SWEEPING OPERATIONS
On Monday, April 1, the Department of Public Works will begin its annual street sweeping program. For more information, go here