ROSS: Lessons from a quiet leader

April 18, 2012
I have been observing crime and policing in New Haven for four years now. So, as this academic year and this column ease off into the sunset, it’s time to review the recent history of city policing — and especially to recall one of its most successful, overlooked leaders. It has been a tumultuous time »

ROSS: Heading off a drug storm

April 12, 2012
There’s a storm brewing in Latin America. It has a benign name — drug policy reform — and it’s only in the early stages. But if the United States continues to dismiss it, it will wreak havoc on every country, city and neighborhood in the Americas. In January, newly elected right-wing Guatemalan President Otto Perez »

ROSS: Giving Yale a bad rap

April 4, 2012
Lux, veritas … and securitas? Perhaps that should be the University’s new motto if the recent actions of the Yale Police Department and administrators are any indication. In their cancellation of a rap event at the Af-Am House, Yale administrators and police officials allowed tentative security concerns to trump all else and seemed to lack »

ROSS: NYPD needs an intervention

February 22, 2012
I can state without hesitation that I love the New York Police Department. When New York City was plagued by sky-high crime rates and over 2,000 murders a year in the early 1990s, it was the NYPD that turned things around. The city owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women who drove »

ROSS: The myth of dangerous Dixwell

February 15, 2012
When I arrived at Yale as a freshman, I knew almost nothing about New Haven. Even growing up in New York and Connecticut, virtually the only information I had going in was vague cautions from family friends to be careful; New Haven was different and dangerous, they said. Once at Yale, I got the same »

ROSS: Curb prostitution demand

February 8, 2012
It’s Sex Week, so it seems a fitting time for a crime column to turn to a discussion of sex crimes. “Argh! Isn’t there anywhere we can escape discussions of sex?” you might groan to yourself. I sympathize, but nope, sorry, not this week. The least I can do is offer up a one-liner to »

ROSS: The end of the Esserman honeymoon

February 1, 2012
Well that didn’t take long. Like many marriages, the union between the city and its new police chief is going through a rocky patch just after the honeymoon, and the relationship’s future is not clear. The November swearing-in ceremony of the chief, Dean Esserman, was held in the spacious first floor of City Hall. The »

ROSS: Restoring real community policing

January 25, 2012
Bringing back what many people call community policing will not cure New Haven’s crime problem. Because it never really left. Huh? Look here, supposedly knowledgeable crime columnist, you might say, it’s been well established that community policing in New Haven was dead. Media outlets declared its demise, city and police officials admitted as much and »

ROSS: Put terror on trial

January 18, 2012
We interrupt this usual weekly bulletin of local crime and security issues to address a pressing security matter on the national and international stage: the fight against terrorism. It is a common refrain that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have shaped the first decade of the 21st century. They undoubtedly have, but only »

ROSS: Setting crime rates straight

January 11, 2012
There has been a lot of anger about crime in New Haven lately. Well, not about the crime itself so much as the way it is counted. This anger threatens to dilute accountability for city officials and distract from the city’s actual problems. Here’s the source of the dispute. Per capita crime rates, determined by »

ROSS: No excuses for New Haven’s murder rate

November 30, 2011
New Haven has seven official sister cities, ranging from Freetown in Sierra Leone to Mexico’s Tetlanohcan, with whom it tries to increase appreciation of each other’s cultures. I suggest an eighth: the island of Puerto Rico. Yes, I know it’s not technically a city and yes, it’s part of the United States, but when it »

ROSS: The incident that wasn’t

November 16, 2011
I’m sure many of us saw the latest manifestation of the crime problem that plagues our city and therefore our school. How could you not? It practically rammed into Trumbull College. I’m talking about the BMW that drove erratically down Broadway on Sunday evening before striking another car and coming to a stop on Elm »