Mayor says crime down in Bridgeport

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Bridgeport, Conn (WTNH)- Bridgeport mayor Bill Finch credits a more diverse police force and several major development projects for a drop in violent crime in the state’s biggest city. According to preliminary statistics compiled by the FBI, violent crime in the city hit historic lows in 2014.

Finch says the decrease follows a 20 percent reduction in crime in 2013 as compared to the prior year. Police chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. attributes the safer streets to  a growing economy, a crackdown on drug and gang related violence and more extensive efforts to re-introduce ex-convicts back into the community.

The mayor’s office also claims, citing a report by WPRI in Rhode Island, that Bridgeport has seen a greater decrease in crime over the past decade than any other major city in New England.

 

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