News Published: Nov 18, 2011 - 4:29 PM


Dean Esserman sworn in as Chief of NH Police

By City of New Haven


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New Haven, CT - At a ceremony in City Hall today, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. sworn in Dean Esserman as New Haven’s new Chief of Police. Essermann, a lawyer and former prosecutor, most recently served as Chief of Police in Providence, Rhode Island. He has 20 years of experience leading various police departments in Connecticut.

“In Providence, during Dean Esserman’s tenure as Chief, murders dropped by 50% and overall crime decreased by 30% and that is why I have appointed him as the new Chief of the New Haven Police Department,” said Mayor DeStefano. “As an assistant chief in the early 90’s, Dean was one of the architects of New Haven’s community policing model and he went on to successfully implement community policing in both Stamford and Providence.”

“We helped create community policing for this nation in New Haven 20 years ago and we are going to come together to do it again,” said Esserman. “I’d like to thank the Mayor for bringing me home after 20 years. Coming back to work in the great New Haven police department is an honor.”

Chief Esserman served as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York from 1983 to 1987. He went on to serve as a Special Assistant United States Attorney before serving as General Counsel to Chief William Bratton of the New York City Transit Police from 1987 to 1991.

From 1991 to 1993, Chief Esserman was Assistant Chief of Police in New Haven where he put into effect a community-policing plan, the state's first federally funded drug gang task force, and cut crime city-wide. He then became Chief of Police for the M. T.A. Metro North Police Department, headquartered in New York City, serving from 1993 to 1998.

Chief Esserman was appointed in 1998 as Chief of Police in Stamford, Connecticut. In 2002 Chief Esserman returned to New York City to join Thacher Associates. Later that year he was recruited as the Chief of Police of the City of Providence, Rhode Island, where he served 8 ½ years until July 1, 2011.

Esserman is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A.), and New York University School of Law (J.D.), and holds a lecturer’s appointment at the Yale University Child Study Center. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts Bar. He’s recently served as a Distinguished Professor at the Roger Williams University School of Law and School of Justice Studies. He presently serves as a member of the National Board of the Vera Institute of Justice and the Local Support Initiatives Corporation (LISC) and also served as a former board member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). He is a lifetime member of the IACP.

Dean Esserman and his wife Gilda have 3 children: Rolando, Nellie-June (born in New Haven) and Sam.




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