New Havenâ€™s police chief Francisco Ortiz steped down Friday
Francisco Ortiz was Connecticutâ€™s first Latino Chief of Police.Â Heâ€™ll take a security post with Yale University.Â Last year, New Havenâ€™s narcotics unit was the subject of an FBI probe resulting in the arrest of 2 officers for bribery and theft.Â Following the scandal, the city hired the Police Executive Research Forum, an independent organization,Â toÂ review New Havenâ€™s police department.Â Â The final report, called for â€œa new visionâ€ for New Haven law enforcement.
Assistant Chief Stephanie Redding will serve as Acting Police Chief.
"I see officers, detectives, sergeants, lieutenants, captains, moving forwardâ€¦putting what happened behind us. It was a very few people that had a very large effect on the department. But thereâ€™s a lot of people who do tremendous work."
She says New Haven will continue to implement recommendations from the PERF report, including recruiting and hiring new officers and renewing the departmentâ€™s commitment to community policing.Â Redding will serve as Acting Police Chief until a permanent chief is appointed by the Mayor. A national search continues.