NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- One of the most troubled neighborhoods in New Haven is getting some brand new help fighting violent crime.
The city is hoping some more manpower will help snuff out the violence.
The New Haven police department is hoping to curb crime by stepping up the police presence in Newhallville with foot patrols.
"The neighborhood, with the Newhallville, will see more officers on the street walking and it is purely based on community-based policing and it will be all walking beats within the neighborhoods," said Lt. Ken Blanchard, New Haven Police Department.
"The policing is very good around here. Lately it's been stepped up. We are familiar with a lot of police officers that come through here. We wave at them and say hi," said Dhati Dozier.
The New Haven police department was selected by the Department of Justice for a federal grant. It's called "The Smart Policing Initiative." It's data driven, relying on computer analysis that hones in on "hot spots" in crime districts.
"It's a dedicated time based on a research analysis and what we do is we put blocks of officers, there are two main walking beats and we have different ones at different times of the day," said Blanchard.
The idea is to get cops out of cars and into neighborhoods, making face to face contact with the people there, instead of having more random drive-bys by police cruisers.
"Get to know the neighborhood, get to know the business owners, and they're going in there talking to the business owners. If there are church groups around in the area, they will go talk to the people of the church group, and youth groups in the area. Continued groups they see people standing on their porches, let's go talk to the people which is the old days of community-based policing," said Blanchard.
Officers say the foot patrols will either push the criminals out or make them stop.
"The officers just have to go within the corners once, twice, three times every hour as they're walking to the neighborhoods. They don't have to stand there and from that being out there, this should be able to take care of any crime in the area," said Blanchard.
Smart policing is a grassroots effort at bringing police back in personal touch with those affected by crime and at its basic level right here on the streets.
"Everybody needs police," said Robert Glover.
Some Newhallville residents say foot patrols are a good idea.
"It is very good because we are always out here. So it's good to see them come out here too. And get to know them, handshake, waves, hugs, it's always good," said Dozier.
Police hope this will help people in the community feel safer and cut down on the crime rate within the district.
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