New Haven Police Union talks about the future of the department

New Haven Police Department headquarters (File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The New Haven Police Union is talking about the kind of leader they want as a new chief.

“We are looking for a chief that leads from the front and has the ability to inspire the sworn officers here and everyone under his command. We are looking for a chief that understand the dynamics and complexities within this police department,” said New Haven Police Union Vice President, Sgt. David Guliuzza.

Sgt. Guliuzza says the rank and file would like to see a chief who’s promoted from within the department.

“It sends a message to the men and women here that’s there’s an ability here to be able to move up the chain of command,” said Guliuzza.

Mayor Toni Harp says she appointed Assistant Chief Anthony Campbell as interim police chief so things would run smoothly.

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“Our crime statistics have gone down every year for the past five years so we want to maintain that continuity,” said Harp.

The Mayor told News 8 what she’s looking for in the new chief.

“We have a police force that engages in community policing like none other in the United States and so it’s really important that we have a leader that understands what we do here,” said Harp.

Still a mystery is Dean Esserman‘s exiting package. The union has pressed the city for the terms that haven’t been disclosed.

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“There could be certain criteria within the package that is a little more sensitive than others,” Guliuzza added.

The union says they are looking to move forward to a new command staff. And so is the Mayor who will appoint a new chief.

“We want to make sure who ever the chief is understands what we do here and buys into it because it absolutely works,” Harp said.

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