Chief Esserman at White House to help reduce crime and incarceration

New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman (WTNH)

WASHINGTON, DC (WTNH) — New Haven Police Chief Dean M. Esserman was among the chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors invited to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss reducing crime and incarceration.

The purpose of the meetings that occurred over the past two days in the nation’s capital was to gather input from law enforcement leaders with the common goal of developing a more fair criminal justice system and to urge a change in laws and practices to reduce incarceration while continuing to keep communities safe.

Chief Esserman joined over a hundred others including Garry McCarthy – Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, Police Commissioner William Bratton, NYPD, Chief Charlie Beck, LAPD, Chief Cathy Lanier, Washington D.C. PD and Chief Charles McClelland, Houston PD.

Chief Esserman’s participation in the meetings culminates Thursday afternoon as he joins a small group invited to a two hour meeting with President Obama at the White House.

“I am proud, as always, to represent the New Haven Police Department and follow Mayor Toni Harp to the White House”, said Esserman.

“We have long been recognized as a progressive community policing agency that through hard work and a focus on fairness, has dramatically reduced crime while at the same time respected the importance of legitimacy and dignity for all”. We know that being right on crime is being smart on crime; putting the right people in prison – those who commit violent crime, and seeking other solutions for those who can be treated out of prison’, said Esserman.

Further information on the group can be obtained from Nicole Fortier, Senior Coordinator at Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration at

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