New patrol routes meant to encourage community policing in New Haven

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NEW HAVEN -- Be ready for more cops along the sidewalks. Literally.

New Haven Police have deployed 31 new officers to various walking routes along the city. It's part of the department's community policing initiative, which is designed to form closer bonds between neighbors and officers.

"This is part of the plan to make sure they understand how important it is that they integrate themselves within the neighborhoods they're patrolling, and it's important for the neighborhoods to see them on a regular basis," said Officer David Hartman of the New Haven Police Department.

There will be 15 new walking routes to compliment the department's current beats.

Mayor Toni Harp praised the program saying, "What we've seen by doing that over the past two years is that we've reduced crime across every measure and that the community and the police have a better working relationship with one another."

The department says no particular incidents or crimes influenced the planning of the deployment, however, some beats are tailored toward the city's more crime-prone hot spots.