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Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch spoke with News 12 Connecticut Monday about changes the city has made in how it fights crime, which has resulted in the lower crime rates. Mayor Finch says detectives have

News 12 Staff

Oct 28, 2014, 6:15 AM

Updated 3,520 days ago

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Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch spoke with News 12 Connecticut Monday about changes the city has made in how it fights crime, which has resulted in the lower crime rates.
Mayor Finch says detectives have been successful at cracking down on organized gang activity, which in turn has had a direct impact on the city's crime rate - particularly concerning homicides.
The last homicide happened two weeks ago. Police say 18-year-old Nasir Hargett shot and killed 24-year-old Davon Robertson on Pear Street on the east side of the city.
Police arrested Hargett within 14 hours of Robertson's death. Finch says that arrest is an example of good police work.
Finch adds that local community groups, churches and other community organizations have also helped with the drop in crime. He also says more witnesses have been coming forward, which has led to speedier arrests. 
Recently released statistics that show that violent crime is down 28 percent this year over last, but despite that, many residents still feel safety is a concern.
Mayor Finch says he understands that perception can trump reality, but says the city is working hard to make and keep streets safe.


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