Police union calls for new Bridgeport police chief

Incoming Bridgeport mayor Joe Ganim has promised to crack down on crime, but the police union says to do that will require a new police

Incoming Bridgeport mayor Joe Ganim has promised to crack down on crime, but the police union says to do that will require a new police chief.

Incoming Bridgeport mayor Joe Ganim has promised to crack down on crime, but the police union says to do that will require a new police chief. (11/5/15)

BRIDGEPORT - Incoming Bridgeport mayor Joe Ganim has promised to crack down on crime, but the police union says to do that will require a new police chief.

Sgt. Chuck Paris, the Bridgeport police union president, says the union is looking for changes, including a new chief. He says he's nearly certain that current Police Chief Joe Gaudett is on his way out.

Paris says staffing is low at the Bridgeport Police Department and that morale is even lower. Meanwhile, he says, violent crime is on the rise, including this summer's mass shooting at the Trumbull Gardens housing projects.

Ganim rode the public safety issue to victory on Tuesday. He says he wants more officers on the streets.

However, current recruits won't finish training for at least a year. The police union says it hopes Ganim will raise salaries and benefits to lure officers from other departments.

Ganim has remained silent on who will be the new police chief. However, most eyes are on Chief Detective A.J. Perez, who campaigned hard for him.

Paris says Perez would be an outstanding chief.

News 12 was not able to reach Perez for comments.  

Mayor-elect Joe Ganim will take office in less than a month.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A former corrections officer faces 45 years in 1 Former corrections officer found guilty in deadly 2014 car wreck
2 Connecticut Sportscast, Dec. 9
Local police departments are warning residents to be 3 Fairfield police warn to be wary of thieves stealing packages
About 500 volunteers helped at Saturday's event. 4 Volunteers wrap thousands of gifts for children in need
Police say 48-year-old Fred Busk was charged with 5 Westport dad accused of serving teens alcohol at his home

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE