State leaders gather to discuss Waterbury’s community policing model

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal met with Waterbury’s mayor and police chief Tuesday, to talk about the city’s community policing.

The climate between police officers and the communities they serve are stressed in many parts of the country right now, including in Connecticut in the wake of police related tragedies in Texas, Minnesota and Louisiana.

At the round-table discussion, issues like body cameras and racial profiling were discussed. Leaders stressed police training as a core issue as well including conflict, management, and culture diversity training.

“We’ve brought blue line training in that’s not a public applaud, name of the training for shoot don’t shoot scenarios train our police officers giving the appropriate levels of force given different situations,” said Chief Vernon Riddick.

Ultimately though, it came down to money. Leaders stressed the need to fund the technology and training of police officers to build an even greater department.

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