City leaders to participate in national Violence Crime Summit
(8/28/2006) Assistant Chief of Police Stephanie Redding and Chief Administrative Officer John Buturla will represent the City of New Haven alongside nearly 50 police chiefs, 11 mayors, several dozen local and federal government leaders, and leading criminologists when they attend the National Violent Crime Summit in Washington, DC on August 30.
They will discuss issues related to the rise of violent crime in America. After nearly a decade of steady decline in violent crime, the nation saw increases in almost all categories of major crime during 2005, according to the FBI.
Buturla will represent the Mayor and Redding will represent Chief of Police Francisco Ortiz.
Mayor DeStefano said Buturla and Redding will bring back ideas from the participating cities on how to address what has become a national problem. “This conference reminds us that New Haven is not alone in coping with crime,” DeStefano said. “We have an outstanding track record in New Haven for community policing and crime reduction. But we need to get the attention of our national leaders that our cities need help from the very top.”
Buturla said he is looking forward to taking part in a dialogue with other cities. “This will give us a chance to learn how other government and public safety leaders are addressing the national uptick,” he said.
Conference attendees will discuss successful crime fighting strategies and feasible solutions for decreasing the current crime rate. The summit is hosted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and supported by Motorola, Incorporated. The goal is to bring together police and other government leaders from U.S. cities to collectively identify national violent crime problems, examine why such crimes have increased, and discuss strategies and response models to address the issues. The summit will include a presentation by criminologist Anthony Braga, remarks by Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, and, importantly, a national discussion with law enforcement and elected leaders from throughout the nation.
"This summit represents an unprecedented gathering of top executives from police and city governments," said Chuck Wexler, executive director of PERF. "Working together, they will provide new insights into what may be causing the recent rise in violent crime and what actions local governments can take to reduce it."
The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is a national membership organization of progressive police executives from the largest city, county and state law enforcement agencies. PERF is dedicated to improving policing and advancing professionalism through research and involvement in public policy debate.