With tempers flaring nationwide on the subject of race relations and police violence, a new report was unveiled on Tuesday in New Haven that focuses on the city's policing with the community.
The findings are more than a year in the making. Research started before the latest set of events in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights, MN.
The report is focused on assessing and evaluating New Haven's policing protocols. It reviewed policies and procedures regarding the use of force as well as the documentation of police activities and civilian recourse.
Clergy, city leaders and police said they have formed strong bonds with people who live in New Haven.
Some of it is part of police training, but most feel more work must be done.
According to officers, improvements have been made through community policing by putting officers fresh out of the academy on a walking beat for one year and conducting bias training class for new recruits organized by local clergy.
Supporters at a round table discussion on Monday believe other departments across the nation should follow suit.
Some people who live in New Haven still feel there is a divide, especially when it comes to communication between their police force and the people they serve.
Part one of the report was released on Tuesday.
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