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Community needs confidence in their chief

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On Wednesday 10th August, 2016, the community met to participate in a panel discussion hosted by Barbara Fair to discuss Chief of the New Haven Police Department, Dean Esserman, as his questionable behavior had caused reason for concern (http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-good-cop-or-bad-cop-police-chief-under-fire-over-outbursts-2016-7). One hundred people gathered to voice their concerns, discuss the 23 pages of incident reporting conducted by the police union regarding Chief Esserman, the 170-42 no confidence vote against the chief by the union (http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20160707/new-haven-police-union-votes-no-confidence-in-chief-esserman) as well as confront a couple of representatives for the City of New Haven, as the matter seemed to be unresolved and unattended to by the Mayor (http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/esserman_stetson/). 

Since that meeting, two other community meetings have been held, on the 20th and 30th of August respectively, again addressing the same core matter as well as other parameters linked to the primary situation such as the recruitment, selection and training process facilitated by NHPD, the lack of transparency regarding policing, the real meaning of 'community policing', the lack of community involvement in hiring a Chief of Police and the need for a review board to represent and advocate for the community's interest. 

During this time, we have also realized new information. Namely, Chief Esserman's contract ends 2018, the Mayor released several press statements prior to the August 16th rallies held to contest for the removal of the Chief (http://wnpr.org/post/protesters-organize-two-demonstrations-against-new-haven-police-chief#stream/0), the local clergy along with the police commission has cited that there are several notable discrepancies within NHPD (and, most recently, it has been made public the 'ten things Dean Esserman has to do' before he returns to office (http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/Esserman_agreement_/). 

We need your help to keep this progressive movement going, as the changes are necessary to revitalize, revise and implement change within the NHPD processes for the benefit of the community, now and in the future.



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