New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman is in Washington for a meeting with other law enforcement officials on reducing crime and incarceration reduction and has been invited to meet with President Barack Obama.
Esserman has been participating in meetings during a gathering of police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors at the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration group and is part of
a small group invited to a two hour-meeting at the White House with the president.
“I am proud, as always, to represent the New Haven Police Department and follow Mayor Toni Harp to the White House,” Esserman said in a statement.
“We have long been recognized as a progressive community policing agency that through hard work and a focus on fairness, has dramatically reduced crime while at the same time respected the importance of legitimacy and dignity for all,” he said. “We know that being right on crime is being smart on crime; putting the right people in prison – those who commit violent crime, and seeking other solutions for those who can be treated out of prison.”