Police and Public Safety

All members of our community deserve to be safe, respected and equitably served by law enforcement. Our town government must seek equal and restorative justice measures for our black communities. Healthy police officers will be more capable of serving our community equitably.

I will work to promote a safe community and healthy environment in the following ways:

-The Town of Hamden has adopted a complete streets policy. We have been engaged with DOT. We received a commitment that Whitney Avenue has been approved for a redesign. Now it's time to implement the traffic calming improvements.

-Support hiring practices that produce a police department that reflects the community it serves

-Police response addresses the diverse needs of the community

-Reimagine policing approaches by employing de-escalation, demilitarization, implicit bias training, and peer accountability

-Develop unarmed response options for non-violent incidents

-Reinvest funds into partnerships with social workers, mental health workers, and substance abuse counselors

-Train firefighters, EMTs, and police officers in developmentally and trauma-informed responses

-Have an active police commission that is separate from the traffic commission and holds regular meetings that are accessible electronically, with minutes available in a timely manner