Today, Mayor Dean Esposito released the City of Danbury’s weekly “This Week in the City” video highlighting the Danbury Police Department.
Since Mayor Esposito took office, the Danbury Police Department has hired 46 new police officers who reflect the community they serve. We now have 30 Latino officers, over 10 African-American officers, and 19 female officers – many who have come to Danbury from all across the country.
The Danbury Police Department speaks over 10 different languages and reflects the city’s incredible diversity. “Between their sincere efforts to build and strengthen the Police Department's relationship with the community and an increased law enforcement presence throughout the city, we are moving forward and keeping Danbury’s residents safe. I want to thank Chief Ridenhour and the entire Danbury Police Department for all they do to make Danbury the envy of the rest of Connecticut,” said Mayor Esposito. Crime in Danbury is down nearly 12% overall from last year, including a decrease of 10% in violent crimes and a 20% decrease in drug/narcotics violations.
"We have been very fortunate to hire over 40 officers recently. Some have filled vacancies created by retirements of veteran officers who have served the city for decades and some will support our ongoing efforts to increase our staffing to meet the needs of our growing city. We have also been fortunate to hire a diverse group of officers, both entry-level and certified, which has made our agency more reflective of our diverse community,” said Chief Ridenhour.
Residents can view the weekly “This Week in the City” videos by visiting the City of Danbury’s Facebook, Instagram, Youtube or Twitter pages.