Welcome Message from Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.
I am pleased to report to the residents of New Haven that crime continues to fall in our city. The partnership forged between the Department of Police Service and the neighborhood residents has contributed to this decline.
Your Police Department has won national and international awards. Two prestigious organizations, the National League of Cities and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, have recognized the Youth Oriented Policing philosophies adopted by the police. The basis for this philosophy rests in understanding that it takes more than law enforcement to create a safe and caring community for its residents, especially its children. Without the commitment of New Haven Public Schools and the Yale Child Study, our programs would not have the success here or the professional acclaim.
Additionally, the policing community has noted the New Haven Police Academy for its innovative outreach efforts in recruiting women and minorities as well as for its progressive curriculum. The Academy is a model for the education of community policing officers.
There are many other challenges that require our continued determination and community partnerships to increase safety and reduce crime. We are working to reduce gun violence with federal and state agencies. The use and demand for illegal substances negatively impacts neighborhood safety as well as the general quality of peoples' lives and we are working collaboratively with health and social service agencies to accomplish this goal. The high rate of motor vehicle accidents remain a problem. Each of us must take personal responsibility for our own conduct and driving habits as insurance rates are affected by these habits.
Our ability to meet these and other challenges are only limited by our commitment to strengthen our neighborhoods and our city.
|Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.
Welcome Message from the Board of Police Commissioners
Dear Fellow New Haveners:
On behalf of my fellow Police Commissioners, I wish to acknowledge the men and women of the Department of Police Service who serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, we wish to recognize the important role that you, the public, play in improving the safety of our neighborhoods. For those of you already involved in Block Watches and Community Management Teams, the donation of your time and knowledge is much appreciated. For those of you who are not yet involved in community safety, please consider forming a Block Watch or attending Management Team meetings.
Police Commissioners are citizens appointed by the Mayor to "advise and consult with the chief of police... and together with the chief shall make all rules and regulations relating to the administration of the department..." The Board of Police Commissioners have the privilege of hiring all personnel. We are equally responsible, as necessary, for disciplining any member of the Department. While our powers are considerable, we take our duties seriously to serve the residents of New Haven.
We have completed ten years of community policing and have gained a national reputation for excellence. This could not have been accomplished without all residents of New Haven. As commissioners, we strive to improve the efforts of the department we oversee. We look forward to representing all citizens as we move into the 21st century.
Richard Epstein, Chair
New Haven Board of Police Commissioners