Mayor Joseph Maturo
Updated: Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012, 1:39 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 03 Jan 2012, 12:33 PM EST
East Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - Following a federal report, the mayor of East Haven has formed a committee to reorganize the town's police department.
The Law Enforcement Advisory Resource Network (LEARN) was formed in response to a federal report that said East Haven police officers were discriminating against the town's Latino residents.
The report by the Department of Justice described a pattern of discrimination, including racial profiling, harassing and assaulting residents, and intimidation tactics.
The report was released in December.
"The purpose of the committee is to serve as network that our Police Department and Police Commission can rely on for suggestions and advice regarding the important policy issues that our Department and Town are currently working on," said Mayor Joe Maturo.
The committee is comprised of law enforcement advisors, professors, policy experts, and a legal advisor, among other professionals.
"This Committee is a critical first step toward rebuilding and modernizing our Police Department to meet the challenges of a changing world," said Maturo.