NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ New Haven’s police chief says the city’s return to community policing should include officers carrying BlackBerry cell phones and giving their numbers to local residents.

The New Haven Register reports that Police Chief Dean Esserman told about 30 residents at a community meeting Monday that he wants officers to carry cell phones and the public to know the numbers. He also wants officers to hand out business cards to city residents.

Esserman says he hopes to pay for the BlackBerrys with a grant or money from the drug forfeiture program.

The chief says he wants to double the police presence in neighborhoods by having two officers walk the streets day and night.

He says he hopes to have up to 80 new officers on the streets by Christmas.

Information from: New Haven Register,

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Mayor says:

    while they are at it how about free phones for all illegal immigrants so if they want they can call the new police phones

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