Dec 4 Meeting about Policing the Canal Trail

On December 4th, a group of ECC volunteers met with representatives of the New Haven and Hamden police departments to discuss concerns about public safety on the Farmington Canal Trail. The Yale Police Department was invited to send a representative, and the YPD chief promised to attend, but in the end no representative of the YPD ever arrived. Meeting attendant and ECC board member Melinda Tuhus summarized a few highlights of the meeting at ECC’s December monthly meeting. Her full meeting notes are available here: FarmCanalSafetyMeetingNotes.

Here are the main highlights presented at the December ECC meeting:

  • The New Haven Police Department has increased weekday patrols, which now include foot patrols, bicycle patrols, and plainclothes police patrols. ECC meeting attendants welcomed the news that the departments are making a serious effort to patrol the trail and increase their visibility.
  • Melinda reported that the NHPD assistant chief claimed that they have money in their budget to buy bikes for more bicycle patrols, but that last time they put the project out to bid, no vendors bid. Upon hearing this at ECC’s December meeting, Matthew Feiner, a bike shop owner and ECC board remember, noted that his bike shop had indeed bid on the project and even lent the police department a demo bicycle over a year ago, which the department has not yet returned.