Community policing, including foot patrols and greater interaction with residents, regular public meetings, replacing police with social workers, addiction counselors and homeless advocates suited to their skills and training are among the recommendations by a committee formed by City Council President Aidee Nieves and councilman Scott Burns.
From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
Stating “the time is now to re-imagine what public safety looks like in Bridgeport,” a task force has recommended ways to build trust between the police and community and to hold officers accountable for bad behavior.
Now Mayor Joe Ganim, the City Council, Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia and the police union must agree to implement the proposed changes through the municipal budget process–which concludes in mid-May–and looming contract negotiations.
“What needs to happen is follow through and, certainly, money,” Gemeem Davis, a leader of the Bridgeport Generation Now civic group who had a seat on the task force, said Tuesday.
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