NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– New Haven Police held a news conference Thursday morning to announce new crime statistics, noting a significant decrease in major crimes over the past five years.
While the department has still not named a permanent chief, that is not stopping the New Haven officers from making major steps in the war on crime. Intelligence sharing and daily meetings between federal, state and city law enforcement is being credited as a factor in the drop in crime across New Haven.
The department has gone through some turmoil at the top, but Thursday, they announced some very good news in at least four major crime categories.
The biggest change is homicides; which are down almost 62 percent since 2011. The Elm City has seen about half as many robberies as five years ago. Burglaries are down about 41 percent, and aggravated assaults went down 29 percent.
A major positive trend that leaders focused on is in the number of non-fatal shootings, which have been cut basically in half over a five year period.
“On average for 10 years, 126 people in New Haven were shot each year,” said Interim New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell. “But for the last four years that range dropped to the 60s.”
“We reduced shootings dramatically over last four years and (we’ve) been consistent,” said Asst. Chief Achilles Generoso. “That’s the story, we’ve been consistent.”
All this despite uncertainty swirling around the chief’s office for much of that time. More than two years ago we saw are first public hint of that when Chief Dean Esserman yelled at an elderly ticket taker at the Yale Bowl who was just trying to take his ticket. We heard more and more about Esserman’s behavior after that, until he got suspended, sat out sick for a while, and finally stepped down.
Anthony Campbell has been serving as chief for the past six months, but no one has been named as a permanent replacement yet. A permanent chief should be named by the end of February.
Campbell announced the new numbers Thursday morning, along with his command staff and the Mayor. U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly was also in attendance and spoke about the daily meetings her department has with local law enforcement.