New Haven Police Department

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New Haven Police Department (NHPD)
Abbreviation NHPD
New Haven Police Department Patch
Agency overview
Formed 1861
Preceding agency New Haven Police Department
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Size 20.1 sq mi (52.1 km2)
Population 130,660 (2013)
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 1 Union Ave. New Haven, CT
Police Officers 452
Chief responsible Anthony Campbell
Area Commands 10 district substations
Detention Centers 1
* Divisional agency: Sub division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The New Haven Police Department is the law enforcement agency responsible for the city of New Haven, Connecticut.

Civilian workforce[edit]

In addition to sworn officers, the department employs civilian employees for administrative functions funded partly by the Community Oriented Policing Services program.[1][2]

Emergency services[edit]

The Emergency services division of the New Haven Police Department is made up of several specialist teams.

Crisis negotiation[edit]

The team is trained to defuse hostage situations, talk to barricaded and/or suicidal persons, and alleviate a situation gone wrong without injury or the direct application of force.[3]


The New Haven Police Department also has a professional underwater search and recovery team which falls under the command of the N.H.P.D. Emergency Services Division. A New Haven Police Diver must be certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver. The team has a 40 foot Metal Craft Firestorm boat and a Zodiac for smaller waterways. The team is responsible for the recovery and preservation of any person(s) and/or contraband, body recovery, and weapon recovery located in waterways throughout New Haven County.

The N.H.P.D. Dive Team consists of fourteen active members. Team responsibilities include:

  1. Perform dive recovery and search tasks
  2. Line tending
  3. Underwater communications with divers
  4. Act as O.I.C. of dive operations
  5. Report findings of operations and analysis of remedies
  6. Maintain Emergency Services fitness level
  7. Maintain equipment

Underwater Search & Recovery Team members (USRT) are also Certified Dive Rescue Level I and II SCUBA Divers. All team members must qualify once a year by performing swim fitness testing, underwater testing, dive competency testing, and a physical fitness test as well. The New Haven USRT also trains twice per month throughout the year.

The USRT is also attached to Region II in Connecticut and is responsible for HAZMAT DECON of all public safety personnel in Region II. NHPD USRT members are certifed through the Department of Homeland Security (Anniston Alabama) as HAZMAT Techs in this field.

SWAT team[edit]

The New Haven Police Department also has a SWAT team. Their SWAT team includes snipers that were involved in a gun fight on 24 September 2011.[4]

Narcotics unit[edit]

The department's narcotics unit was disbanded in 2007 after two officers were arrested and two others implicated in a corruption sting.[5] The unit was replaced by a VICE/Narcotics unit in 2009, and that unit played a crucial role in the investigation of the murder of college student Annie Le.[5][6]


  1. ^ Cavanaugh, Jack (December 21, 1997). "Public Safety: Walking a Beat Returns to Stamford". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  2. ^ Kaempffer, William (March 19, 2009). "Departments can apply for funds to hire officers". New Haven Register. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
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  5. ^ a b "Redemption for the NHPD?". Yale Daily News. September 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  6. ^ Sataline, Suzanne (2009-09-18). "Lab Technician Is Charged in Yale Grad Student's Killing". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 

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