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    Police Department Announces Leadership Team, Strategic Plan to Strengthen Community Policing and Reduce Violence

    (3/26/2012) NEW HAVEN- Police Chief Dean Esserman announced Monday the appointment of four assistant chiefs, completing the leadership team of the department now tasked with delivering a strategic vision to increase the sworn strength of the department, build trust and relationships between officers and citizens, and ensure the effectiveness, efficiency, and excellence of the NHPD.

    “All four appointees grew up in New Haven, built their careers in the New Haven Police Department and are well-respected both inside the department and in the communities where they have served. The selection of these four individuals reflects the desire of the New Haven Police Department to grow the next generation of leadership from within the department and community, enabling department leadership to build and maintain the strong and trusting relationships with residents that are vital to the success of community policing. I have every confidence that these four individuals, in collaboration with the community and with the support of the men and women of this department, can deliver what this city wants and deserves-- safe neighborhoods for all our families,” Chief Esserman said.

    The four appointees are as follows:

    • Lt. Luiz Casanova will be responsible for overseeing the patrol division of the department. Casanova grew up in the Hill neighborhood. He is currently the patrol commander, and has previously served as the district manager for downtown and the Hill.

    • Lt. Thaddeus Reddish will be responsible for internal affairs and professional standards. Reddish grew up in Newhallville. He has previously served as an internal affairs investigator, executive training officer, and SWAT commander. He is currently the district manager for the Newhallville/East Rock district.

    • Capt. Denise Blanchard will be responsible for overseeing administrative functions of the department. Blanchard grew up in Fair Haven. She has previously served as officer-in-charge of patrol, officer-in-charge of internal affairs, and district manager for the East Shore. She is currently officer-in-charge of the training academy.

    • Achilles “Archie” Generoso will head the investigative services of the department. Generoso grew up in the Hill neighborhood. Generoso served as the first district manager for the Dwight/Kensington neighborhood, and as commander of the narcotics and firearms divisions. He currently serves as an investigator in the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    The four appointments must be confirmed by the Board of Police Commissioners. The Board will meet 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 at the Police Department.

    The new leadership team will be responsible for delivering on a strategic plan that reflects the broad public interest in the restoration of community policing strategies to reduce violence. That work has already begun with the introduction of walking beats in every neighborhood. Last week Chief Esserman submitted to the Board of Aldermen a budget amendment that would strengthen those efforts by addressing technical hurdles that would allow the department to build to its authorized strength of 467 officers.

    The amendment will enable the Police Department to:

    • Fully staff all police car beats;

    • Double the number of walking beats from 20 to 40, enabling the department to begin to introduce walking beats for days and nights in all 10 policing districts;

    • Restore staffing in the School Resource Officer and Police Athletic League programs;

    • Review re-establishing two policing districts in the Hill;

    • Fill supervisory vacancies to ensure accountability;

    • Fill detective vacancies to investigate crimes aggressively; and

    • Double the size of Internal Affairs to ensure the department remains vigilant about meeting the highest standards of integrity.

    The amendment is the first step in a two-part longer term strategy to strengthen the department and improve public safety citywide. The second phase would consider expanding the force to levels authorized in previous years and creating an additional two policing districts, increase the number of walking beats to 44, and fully staff all youth engagement efforts, including anti-truancy partnerships. The second phase would be something to consider in next year's budget conversations based on the success this new leadership team has implementing the first phase. The strategic plan recognizes the importance of staffing, while also embracing proven, innovative initiatives and policing models that continue to focus on restoring partnerships between the department and the community. New initiatives that have either recently begun or will begin soon include:

    • The "High Point" Model

    • Shooting Task Force

    • Meet and Greet Program: a partnership with the state Department of Probation and Parole to identify and meet with individuals as they return home from prison

    • COMPSTAT meetings

    • Cold Case Squad

    “These four officers are proven leaders, with strong skill sets and long time relationships with New Haven's neighborhoods. Under Chief Esserman's leadership and in partnership with the men and women of the Department and the community, this is a good step forward in reducing violence, preventing crime and building trust with residents,” said Mayor John DeStefano Jr.

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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