CHIEF ORTIZ TO ACCEPT POSITION AT YALE UNIVERSITY
(11/19/2007) CITY CELEBRATES CHIEF’S CAREER AND PREPARES FOR FUTURE OF DEPARTMENT
(NEW HAVEN)—At a news conference at City Hall today, New Haven Police Chief Francisco Ortiz announced he would be leaving his position within the department on January 18 to assume a new role at Yale University. Ortiz, who has been Chief of the New Haven Department of Police Services for almost 5 years, spoke about his accomplishments within the department during his tenure and about the outstanding work of the men and women of the force.
“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity of not only leading this exceptional police department for the last four and a half years but most of all with the chance to work with the brave and dedicated officers who’ve shared my love for this City all these years,” said Ortiz. “I thank the Mayor, fellow officers and the residents of New Haven for these past almost 30 years. I will miss this department but I’m confident that it is in a great position to keep moving forward and that the men and women who serve this City as police officers will continue to strengthen an already thriving police force.”
Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. congratulated Ortiz for his accomplishments over the years and wished him success in his new role. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chief Ortiz for more than 20 years. I’ve worked with three police chiefs while I’ve been Mayor but Cisco Ortiz stands out because he’s brought us so incredibly far. I’m thrilled that his next opportunity will keep him close at hand in the City,” said DeStefano. “While today’s announcement marks the end of one chapter, it marks a new beginning of an exciting chapter for the New Haven Police Department. We’ve just received the final report from the Police Executive Research Forum and are empowered with a blue print to make an already strong department even better.”
Ortiz, the first Latino police chief in the State of Connecticut, has served the New Haven Police Department for nearly 30 years progressively moving up each rank from Patrol Officer to Chief. He began as a patrol officer in 1978 moving to Detective in 1987, Sergeant in 1989, Fair Haven District Manager in 1994, Lieutenant in 1997, Captain of Patrol in 1998, Assistant Chief in March of 2003 and Chief in June of 2003.
Under Ortiz’s leadership, crime has been significantly cut as is evident in the 10 percent decrease in violent crime between the first three quarters of 2006 and the first three quarters of 2007. During the last 10 years, Ortiz has contributed toward a reduction in crime of more than 40 percent. Ortiz has worked to strengthen the City’s community policing model by empowering district managers and management teams, growing block watches, increasing patrols on bicycles and engaging community partners and residents. Recently, Ortiz was responsible for the consolidation of fire and police communication personnel into a newly created emergency center located at the Police Department to improve service and response time for emergency callers.
Ortiz has received a number of awards and commendations throughout his career including the Torch of Liberty from the Anti-Defamation League in 2006, Distinguished Chief’s Award from the Connecticut Police Commissioners Association in 2005 and the Veritas Award from the New Haven Club of Providence College in 2004.
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