Anti-violence plan means more OT for city’s cops

Evidence markers on the ground at the scene of a triple shooting in New Haven, May 19, 2014.
Evidence markers on the ground at the scene of a triple shooting in New Haven, May 19, 2014.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Mayor Toni Harp’s anti-violence plan for the summer calls for 24 to 40 hours of overtime patrol a week for the city’s 10 police districts. The initiative carries a cost of about $500,000.

Harp unveiled her plan at a news conference Thursday with other city officials and police. She said the Elm City is facing the possibility of an increase in violence with the warmer months ahead.

In the past, Harp has gone knocking on doors throughout the city to increase public awareness. Along with school officials, she identified 200 young people the city wanted to reach out to.

The city also kept a handful of schools open during the April break to provide students with a safe place to go.

In addition to those extra boots on the ground, the police department will immediately revive the street narcotics unit. The move is a year ahead of schedule and aims to get wanted criminals off the streets.

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