Downtown Ambassadors may help police

April 3, 2012
New Haven’s blue and yellow-clad Downtown Ambassadors could soon help patrol neighborhoods throughout the city as part of a new crime-fighting idea discussed at a March 20 meeting of the Board of Aldermen’s public safety committee. Ward 7 Alderman Doug Hausladen ’04, who pitched the idea, said adding “ambassadors” — non-sworn individuals charged with assisting »

Security concerns hold up rap showcase

April 2, 2012
A Saturday night rap showcase slated to feature eight New Haven and Yale rappers at the Afro-American Cultural Center was canceled after the Yale Police Department expressed security concerns. The event was canceled Saturday morning after Rodney Cohen, assistant dean of Yale College and director of the Af-Am Center, emailed co-organizer Ifeanyi Awachie ’14 that »

Prospective Yalies unfazed by crime

April 2, 2012
Newly admitted applicants to the Yale College class of 2016 now have until May 1 to decide whether they will spend the next four years of their lives in New Haven. But even after the Elm City registered a 20-year high homicide count with 34 murders in 2011, 13 applicants interviewed said the city’s crime »
NHPD Chief Dean Esserman introduced four new assistant chiefs at a City Hall press conference Monday.

New NHPD leadership introduced

March 27, 2012
With the appointment of four new assistant chiefs, New Haven Police Department Chief Dean Esserman attempted to restore stability to a department that has seen high leadership turnover in recent years. Flanked by Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and Board of Police Commissioners Chairman Richard Epstein, Esserman nominated four candidates to fill the department’s assistant chief »

Esserman to announce new assistant chiefs

March 26, 2012
New Haven Police Department Chief Dean Esserman will appoint a new leadership team today. At a City Hall press conference with Mayor John DeStefano Jr. scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Esserman is expected to announce four new assistant chiefs: Lt. Thadeus Reddish, Lt. Luiz Casanova, Capt. Denise Blanchard and Archie Generoso, an inspector for the state’s »

NHPD plans expansion

March 23, 2012
The New Haven Police Department will grow over the next three years in a two-phase strategy aimed at restructuring and strengthening the department. NHPD Chief Dean Esserman unveiled the plan at the department’s weekly CompStat meeting Tuesday, setting in motion the expansion of the Elm City’s police force that Mayor John DeStefano Jr. previewed earlier »
The reliability of ShotSpotter, a system the NHPD uses to detect gunshots citywide, has recently been called into question.

ShotSpotter faces uncertain future

March 20, 2012
The reliability of New Haven’s ShotSpotter system, a series of sensors which detect and locate gunshots in the city’s central neighborhoods, has come under question after several missed gunshots and false reports in recent weeks. After the system of audio detectors, which uses acoustic triangulation to register gunshots, failed to report gunfire in a number »
On the brink of an expected showdown with the city after a deadline for their removal from the Green, Occupy New Haven protesters won a court victory that bought them two more weeks.

City fails to evict Occupy

March 19, 2012
While Yalies flocked out of New Haven for spring break, members of Occupy New Haven were determined to stay put on the Green. Last Wednesday, 15 minutes after a 12 p.m. deadline City Hall set for residents of the protest’s encampment to vacate the upper portion of the New Haven Green, federal Judge Janet Hall »

Police arrest 40 at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 19, 2012
A record number of revelers flocked downtown last Sunday for New Haven’s 170th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and police cracked down on public drinking along the route. New Haven Police Department officers arrested 40 people during the day’s festivities for offenses including minor assaults, fighting, vandalism, public drinking and disorderly behavior, department spokesman David »

ICE arrests 40 in Connecticut

March 1, 2012
In a four-day operation that kicked off last Friday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 45 undocumented residents in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including two in New Haven. ICE officers in the agency’s Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested the 45 individuals, 40 of them Connecticut residents, as part of “Operation Threats Against the Community,” which targeted »

New Haven sees second murder free month

March 1, 2012
Wednesday marked the end of New Haven’s second-straight month without a homicide, an interval not seen since summer 2009. The number of violent crimes is down citywide by more than 20 percent compared to this time last year, according to data from the New Haven Police Department. But city and police officials said it is »
About 200 NHPD officers protested at City Hall last winter after 16 were laid off in a round of budget cuts. The department's leadership remains in flux as Chief Dean Esserman is in the process of filling assistant chief vacancies.

NHPD to announce new assistant chiefs

February 29, 2012
New Haven Police Department Chief Dean Esserman is expected to finalize his new leadership team within the next two weeks. Richard Epstein, the chairman of the city’s Board of Police Commissioners, said Tuesday he believes Esserman will nominate a new slate of assistant chiefs in the “next week or 10 days.” The new assistant chiefs »