Best Practices

Mayor John DeStefano

Police As Neighborhood Resources

The New Haven Police Department, which implemented community policing in 1990, has recently undergone a reorganization to build partnerships with neighborhoods, and to better coordinate all city services. The city was broken up into 10 geographic districts, with a lieutenant assigned as a "District Manager" to serve as the city's key linkage to its neighborhoods. District Managers "own" the neighborhood and attend neighborhood meetings, including block watches and school functions. Police are part of a neighborhood management team that meets monthly at the district's police substation and identifies and resolves crime, housing and quality of life concerns. District Managers also serve as key links between police and other city services, such as public works, traffic, parks and code enforcement.


Selling Tax Liens

Facing an annual property tax collection rate of 87 percent, New Haven has begun a program to sell $26 million in outstanding tax liens, some dating back as far as 1979, and using the proceeds to rebuild and renovate public school buildings. The city has selected an underwriter to develop a portfolio that will exclude properties with taxes under appeal, bankruptcies, and those properties targeted for city rehabilitation. The city plans to sell the tax lien portfolio for 100 percent of value. Rather than simply using the money to plug a budget hole, the $26 million will be used as a match against state school construction funding, which will leverage the city's $26 million into a $100 million fund to expand and renovate the schools.

Contact: Janet Lindner, (203) 946-7900

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