Walking patrols, community meetings, weekly Facebook live segments, “Behind The Badge” social media promotion of officers. In just a few months Police Chief Roderick Porter has humanized law enforcement away from the traditional robotics of communication.
He’s also made clear he’s steering clear of political machinations. Ponying up locally isn’t his schtick. And that’s just fine with Mayor Joe Ganim who tapped Porter to a five-year appointment over his predecessor Rebeca Garcia.
There’s a collective sigh of relief these days inside the mayor’s office. Garcia was largely loathe to community interaction. Every controversy was left for the mayor and his communications team to handle. Garcia said you deal with it.
Mayors don’t want to own police departments. It never works unless, perhaps, the mayor was once a police chief.
Recent shootings, unauthorized cars shows and concerts in Seaside Park would have been dumped into the mayor’s office under Garcia.
So far Porter has deftly handled imbroglios.
Meanwhile his latest community outreach includes a short community survey.
To what extent does the Bridgeport Police Department work together with community members to solve local problems? *
How safe do you feel walking at night in downtown Bridgeport? *
Do you think crime has increased, decreased or remained the same over the last 12 months? *