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    (10/18/2011) (New Haven) - Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. announced today, the hiring of Dean Esserman as New Haven’s new Chief of Police.

    Essermann, a lawyer and former prosecutor, most recently served as Chief of Police in Providence, Rhode Island. He has 20 years of experience leading various police departments in Connecticut (Chief, Stamford 1998-2001, Assistant Chief, New Haven 1991-1993), New York (Chief, MTA, 1993-1998) and Rhode Island (Chief, Providence 2003-2011).

    “In Providence, during Dean Esserman’s tenure as Chief, murders dropped by 50% and overall crime decreased by 30% and that is why I have appointed him as the new Chief of the New Haven Police Department,” said Mayor DeStefano. “As an assistant chief in the early 90’s, Dean was one of the architects of New Haven’s community policing model and he went on to successfully implement community policing in both Stamford and Providence.”

    Esserman returns to New Haven with a reputation as an innovative leader having successfully transformed police departments into relevant, community-based proactive agencies. Upon his departure from the Providence Police Department, the Providence Journal editorial page noted, “Here in Providence he [Esserman] was tasked with cleaning up a scandal-ridden department and pushing for new community policing and other initiatives to control crime and otherwise improve the quality of life in the city. He generally achieved these goals. The department’s reputation for competence and honesty is much higher now than when he arrived, and Providence is a considerably safer place than many cities its size. The chief’s habit of occasionally walking a beat in every neighborhood to familiarize himself with very local concerns was much appreciated by many residents, and a sign of his commitment to community policing.”

    “We helped create community policing for this nation in New Haven 20 years ago and we are going to come together to do it again,” said Esserman. “I’d like to thank the Mayor for bringing me home after 20 years. Coming back to work in the great New Haven police department is an honor.”

    Esserman earned a Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College.

    Esserman, who will move to New Haven with his wife Gilda Hernandez and youngest son, will be sworn into office on November 16th for a term that extends through February 1, 2014.

    Contact Name: Adam Joseph

    Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200

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