NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Twelve homicides to date this year in the city of New Haven. Governor Malloy says that's a big problem and he's committed to help fixing it.
Monday, he was in New Haven delivering that message and talking with people in the community.
He walked the beat in Newhallville with police and Governor Malloy says despite the twelve homicides, community policing is the only way to do policing period. His visit just so happened at a time where people in the neighborhood and others are a bit worried.
It's not everyday you'll look out your door and see the governor.
"I think they were kind of shocked that the governor was walking through their neighborhood," said Malloy.
This is one of many visits Governor Dannell Malloy has scheduled to walk through urban neighborhoods throughout the state to talk about lowering crime.
"This is clearly a problem, a concern for residents. It's going to take a sustained effort. Things don't get bad overnight and they don't get good overnight, but I think the Chief who used to be my Chief in Stamford, has the right approach," said Malloy.
That approach is community policing.
"There's no other way to properly police. That's the reality," said Malloy.
He voiced that message at a roundtable discussion in Newhallville where there was a recent shooting.
With twelve homicides to date in New Haven, the main goal through community policing is trying to identify the people causing the problems.
"The shooters are often known in the community," said Pastor Troy McNulty.
Pastor Troy McNulty is a familiar face at homicide scenes and has witnessed a lot of heartache with too many young lives lost. The most recent was an 18-year-old on Rosette Street.
"We've got to cooperate. When you look at the statistics, when our community cooperates with the police, those cases are solved pretty quickly. When we don't, we have cold cases that are years old," said McNulty.
Governor Malloy believes Project Longevity does and will play a critical role in solving crime. It's a joint federal-city-community campaign that helps target gangs and the small groups of people involved in these shootings.
It started late in 2011 in New Haven and it's in development right now in Hartford.
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