In an unprecedented move, the New Haven Board of Aldermen voted to disband the city's police department, effective immediately. The decision came after a contentious meeting where concerns about the cost of maintaining the department, issues with evidence handling, and residents' complaints were brought to light. With the police department now defunct, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department has stepped in to provide temporary assistance.
Investigating the Circumstances
Franklin County law enforcement officials are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the disbandment of the New Haven Police Department. While no evidence of wrongdoing has been found so far, some allegations appear to be the result of miscommunication. One missing piece of evidence has been located, while other missing items were city-owned property stored in the evidence room.
The investigation was sparked by the resignation of Police Chief John Hallquist, who cited unspecified information that led to his decision to step down. As the city grapples with the future of its police department, residents are expressing their concerns and demanding answers.