New Haven Police Chief Stepping Down

Bernie Loubier
February 03, 2019 - 10:39 am

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 NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The police chief in Connecticut's second-largest city is stepping down in March over proposed changes in health coverage for police retirees, which he says are gutting the department.  

New Haven Chief Anthony Campbell tells the New Haven Register he'll take a job as an inspector with state prosecutor Pat Griffin's office.  Campbell has been with the department for 21 years, the last two as chief. Violent crime in the city has dropped dramatically during his tenure.  

He says 377 people work for the department, down from 495 budgeted positions. He says the drain will continue as officers are lured by suburban departments that pay more and offer better benefits for less dangerous work.  

Mayor Toni Harp says Campbell has ``done a great job and we'll be sorry to see him go.''