Mayor Joe Ganim and police officials on Thursday opened the city’s latest police post in a first-floor apartment in the P.T. Barnum housing project, joining posts in Trumbull Gardens, the Greene Homes, University of Bridgeport, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, East Main Street, Stratford Avenue, and John Street Downtown. A ninth police post is planned for Marina Village.
CT Post reporter Dan Tepfer has more:
“We want to increase the element of community policing,” Mayor Joseph Ganim said as he, local politicians and members of the media crowded into the new post in a vacant first-floor apartment in the housing project.
“It’s a good idea,” said Darryl Allen, who has been living in the housing project for eight years. “I have kids and later there will be a lot of kids out here–and with all the shooting that sometimes goes on here, it will be good to have a greater police presence.”
Both the mayor and Police Chief Armando Perez acknowledged that the posts, because of financial limitations, won’t be staffed 24/7 but instead will be places officers on patrol can stop to write reports and interview witnesses. Police task forces also can gather there to conduct surveillances and prepare for raids, officials said.
… The previous head of the city’s housing authority reneged on a promise to provide money for additional policing in the housing projects but Ganim said he has gotten a promise from the current administration for $160,000 up front for a possible total of $600,000.
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