Henry Fernandez’s Plan to
Reduce Crime in the City of New Haven
August 20, 2013
The last nine days have seen an incredible amount of violence in New Haven:
Police were shot at while investigating a robbery on Saturday, August 17
18 year old Devaante Jackson was shot and killed at Rosette and Hurlburt streets in theHill on Thursday, August 15
22 year old Torrance Dawkins was shot and killed at the Cheetah Club on East Street onSunday August 11
23 year old Jordan Rampert was shot outside Lincoln Bassett School in Newhallville onSunday, August 11
. He survived.
A 41 year old man was shot in the face at Dixwell and Henry Streets in Dixwell onSunday, August 11th. He survived.
An 18 year old was shot at Farnam Courts on Grand and Hamilton Streets on Monday,August 12
. He survived.We need a comprehensive response to this violence. Young adults are dying. Children are beinginfluenced to make bad choices. Our neighborhoods are at risk of being undermined. And our police officers are being shot at.
These are all unacceptable. A Mayor’s job starts with ensuring that the people of the City of
New Haven are safe.
It is also a Mayor’s job to ensure that police officers are able to return to
their families safely every day. Anyone who shoots at a police officer must go to prison for avery long time.Henry believes that to fulfill the vision of a unified New Haven as One City, crime reduction
can’t be limited to unilateral action by law enforcement or simply having more police
officers on patrol. Efforts to reduce crime are most successful when they proactively engage affectedcommunities.
This means that neighborhood residents must be made active partners with “a seatat the table” and a voice in determining how to improve th
e quality of life in every New Havenneighborhood. It means that the police must be supported. And it means that the police mustfully engage with residents in a respectful and responsive fashion such that every New Havener becomes a part of the solution.
As a resident of Fair Haven, Henry and his family have practiced what they’ve preached by
working closely with neighbors and district police officers to join forces to address drug-dealingand prostitution in the neighborhood.Ultimately Henry believes that we need a four pronged approach to crime reduction: