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New Haven’s new Police Chief would like to use cameras on the streets to help control crime in the city. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.

Police Chief Frank Limon was sworn in earlier this month amid a spike in deadly violence in New Haven. There have been 11 killings this year -17 since October.  Chief Limon came from Chicago where he says high tech surveillance cameras helped to reduce violent crime and narcotics activity.  He’d like to try the same thing in New Haven.

"You’re able to determine where the crime is occurring. We’re able to IP network those crime cameras right to either a squad car or right directly to a monitoring center."

Chicago has one of the most extensive anti-crime camera systems in the country with surveillance on light poles, skyscrapers, and on busses. Some cameras include gunshot detection technology, and can locate and zoom in the direction of where shots are fired.  New Haven Mayor DeStefano has raised the idea of cameras to identify license plates of drivers who run red lights.  The American Civil Liberties Union has opposed the use of red light cameras, citing privacy concerns.

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.



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straighten out the culture that is bred throughout New Haven. That's the heart of the problem. The culture. The violence is just a symptom of the culture. A symptom of the disease. You wouldn't see a doctor preventing a patient who has a cold from sneezing. The doctor treats the disease. Not the symptoms.