NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– In the wake of racial tension and violence between urban communities and the police departments that serve them, New Haven’s police chief has been tapped to help come up with a plan to improve those relationships.
New Haven police chief Dean Esserman has been appointed to a national board designed to build trust between communities and their police departments. Esserman has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. The group is a push by the Department of Justice, Yale University School of Law, and several other groups to try to build trust between minority communities and the criminal justice system.
The goal of “The National Initiative” will push for frank conversations between minority communities and law enforcement to try to ease what the group calls “Historic tensions, grievances, and misconceptions between them and reset relationships. “
According to a news release, Chief Esserman said’ “The New Haven Police Department is proud to be invited to take a leadership roll in this important national initiative”.