NEW HAVEN POLICE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN PARTNER TO PROVIDE JOINT TRAINING AND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
(10/28/2010) NEW HAVEN— The New Haven Police Department (NHPD) and the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven have announced a joint program designed to enhance law enforcement services and research efforts in the greater New Haven region. New Haven Chief Frank Limon announced today that the program will begin with a four week training course for all of the City’s detective investigators and supervisors. “We are looking forward developing a cooperative arrangement that will contribute to the Department’s effectiveness and provide an opportunity to conduct applied research in a number of areas that will further our crime prevention and investigative sciences knowledge,” said Limon.
The NHPD Criminal Investigator Training Program will kick off on November
1st, and will involve an 80 hour course covering a broad range of topics including evidence collection, forensic investigation support, interviewing and interrogation, legal issues, the utilization of records and data bases, report writing, court presentations, and the role of the community in crime investigation and prevention. The course, designed in cooperation with members of the police department and a team of experts from the College of Criminal Justice and the Henry C. Lee Institute.
The course coordinator, Dr. Charles Lieberman, a former New York City
Police detective and a professor at the College, said that the program will be the first training course that will utilize the newly inaugurated multi-million dollar Henry C. Lee Institute facility. “The curriculum was designed specifically to meet the needs of the New Haven Police Department,” said Lieberman. “The instructors bring a wealth of knowledge in many areas of crime investigation.”
Among the major types of crime included in the curriculum are: homicides, robbery, burglary, sex crimes, violent group and gang crimes, child abductions and murder and white collar criminal activity. Other lectures will address legal and ethical issues, the role of the crime laboratory, domestic violence, surveillance and covert operations, corruption and crime analysis and the use of technology in the investigative process.
Assistant Chief for Investigative Services, Tom Wheeler, expressed that by combining the knowledge of practitioners and the expertise of the University faculty the Department will be in a better position to meet the needs and concerns of the community. “New Haven can be proud of its police department,” said Wheeler. “Through a cutting-edge training program the Department will be able to further our ability to enhance the investigative function.
Members of the Department have also been meeting with faculty from the
University of New Haven to identify areas in which further research and development will be undertaken. Dr. Richard Ward, Dean of the Henry C. Lee
College commended the Department for its willingness to explore new methods and strategies that will contribute to improved police services. Ward, who has more than 30 years of service as an investigator and educator, said that law enforcement, has changed dramatically over the past 20 or 30 years. “Criminals have become more sophisticated, violence and the availability of firearms are more common, transportation and technology have changed dramatically, and most policed departments have been hard-pressed to keep up with new trends in light of economic and other constraints.”
In addition to conducting research on cold cases, the Department is exploring the use of technology in crime analysis for burglary and robbery investigations, according to Limon. The Institute for the Study of Violent Groups at the University maintains a highly regarded global data base on violence and terrorism, and will assist the Department in its efforts to develop a crime intelligence-led capability.
Limon, who is an avid proponent of training and the use of technology finds that particularly in a time when police are expected to do more with less this partnership provides an important opportunity for the department. “To be effective we must involve the community, find new ways to deal with old problems and work to improve professionalization. We are pleased that the
University of New Haven, from which many of our officers have graduated, has agreed to enter into this partnership,” said Limon.
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