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New Haven police engage gangs to stop violence

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By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Trying to stem gun violence, authorities in New Haven are taking a radically different approach to the traditional crackdown.

Reputed gang members have been called in to meetings with police, clergy, social service providers and a mother of a murder victim. Authorities who conducted months of research showed them organization charts documenting their gang affiliation.

Then they received a warning to stop the violence or face law enforcement consequences. And they're promised help with education, counseling and other needs to get them to change their ways.

New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman says he believes the program has contributed to a reduction of violence along with other efforts.

The initiative, called Project Longevity, has been hailed as successful in other cities and is being implemented in Bridgeport and Hartford.

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