Walking A Beat: Community Policing In New Haven

Aug 17, 2012

Officers Mark deCarvalho and John Plekeitis walk a beat in New Haven's Hill neighborhood
Credit Dan Katz / WSHU

The new police chief in New Haven, Connecticut assigns his officers to walk beats in the city's neighborhoods to get to know those communities. He hopes these new walking beats will reduce the crime rate. Like the state's other two biggest cities, New Haven's crime rate has far exceeded the national average for the past 20 years. Michelle Hackman walked a beat with two of New Haven's policemen to see what community policing looks like and whether it can put a dent in the city's crime.