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New Haven’s police chief Francisco Ortiz steped down Friday

Francisco Ortiz was Connecticut’s first Latino Chief of Police.  He’ll take a security post with Yale University.  Last year, New Haven’s narcotics unit was the subject of an FBI probe resulting in the arrest of 2 officers for bribery and theft.  Following the scandal, the city hired the Police Executive Research Forum, an independent organization,  to  review New Haven’s police department.   The final report, called for “a new vision” for New Haven law enforcement.
 
Assistant Chief Stephanie Redding will serve as Acting Police Chief.

"I see officers, detectives, sergeants, lieutenants, captains, moving forward…putting what happened behind us. It was a very few people that had a very large effect on the department. But there’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 department’s commitment to community policing.  Redding will serve as Acting Police Chief until a permanent chief is appointed by the Mayor. A national search continues.