Thanks for the update folks. Looking forward to seeing it resolved.
Gunmen confirmed: 11:02 update:
Yale Alert message- THIS IS NOT A TEST
Text message to the Yale Community, November 25, 11:02
Confirmed report of person with a gun on/near Old Campus. SHELTER IN PLACE. This is NOT a test.
Text message to the Yale Community, November 25- 10:50 a.m
Reports of person with gun on Central Campus. SHELTER IN PLACE- until further notice.
Message sent to Yale Community November 25- 10:17 a.m
New Haven Police have received an anonymous call from a phone booth in the 300 block of Columbus Avenue (between Howard Avenue and Hallock Street) reporting a person on the Yale Campus with a gun. There have been NO confirmations or sightings of this person. Yale and New Haven Police are in the area. If you have information, please call 911 immediately. The Yale Police Department advises those on campus to remain in their current location until there is additional information.
More information will be provided when available.
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Thanks for taking the time to file the report Rob. I agree that there are many good folks working in the non-emergency call center and have also had many pleasant experiences. I appreciate the encouragement for feedback and to help improve the call center where there are week points.
@ to FOJ,
I described an experience I had and suggested that something needed to be done about NHPD non-emergency. I posted on SeeClickFix in hopes that I would be able to connect the victim to the theft on a timely fashion as their window was open and it was beginning to rain. The Officer also waited around to connect to the victim. In the end you can see that the intent was validated by the resolution of the victim communicating here. Had the victim known that their car was broken into sooner they could have met the Officer sooner and the Officer, to your point, could have been on their way sooner to the next call.
The opinion that something needs to be done has to do with vast recounts of stories similar to mine that also reflect the need for improvement in the communication of at least one of the call-takers. In this case, as a further example, the individual argued with me about the location of a landmark I was referencing as opposed to listening to me give the pertinent information to a crime in progress. Specifically the call taker asked me where the vehicle was located. I said "in front of the CO OP on Chapel." The individual then told me that there was no Co-OP on Chapel. I had to explain to the individual that I was talking about Chapel and State's Co-Op not the old Yale Book Store which I can only assume she was referencing. There is no chapel Street address for that entire block where the Co Op is so citing the store name was the best I could do in the moment. The location of the vehicle should not have been the top priority at this time regardless and it was frustrating to be focusing on the incident with a fleeing suspect.
Please also keep in mind that I was being lectured by an impolite public employee as a member of the public performing a task which we as citizens have to be constantly encouraged to do because so many are discouraged by calls exactly like the call I was having...all while witnessing someone get away with a broad daylight break-in on a block that I spend most of my life on.
What frustrated me more is that that the location of the criminal fleeing on foot is the pertinent information for the crime in progress and this is what I was trying to relay. The longer the call taker went through the incident before calling an Officer to the location of the criminal the longer I felt responsible to follow the criminal. What's even more frustrating is that PD explained to me that there had been four other break-ins downtown this past weekend but most of them will go undocumented as the process to file the report that creates the public record is cumbersome. My past experience with car break-ins as supported by many police officers is that they are usually done by one or two individuals in a spree. My understanding is that the call-taker is paid to help the general public in New Haven and keep us safe. I also have no responsibility as a citizen to empathize with the call taker though the call taker certainly has a responsibility to empathize we me as a citizen. In reality I do empathize with the majority of public servants and find that I am treated with respect and the outcomes are favorable. This was not the case here and I'm confident that any citizen and most public servants would feel the same.
I'd share with you the number of times I've hit the 'thank you' button on SeeClickFix as well but we don't map that data to individual users yet.
As a side note its great to see the police documenting street lights that are out on SeeClickFix as well as taking reports. Its a great example that accountability works both ways. In that light I am holding myself accountable to the call taker by having the conversation publicly and taking the mild accusation and insult. I don't think I have to do that as a citizen but I do want more of my neighbors to speak up when they see something wrong so I'm going to continue to do so myself.
The car is now gone. One of the Yale Officers suggested having a place where there are on duty times and their cellphones could be listed so they could get calls from citizens when non-emergency is slow to take calls. In this case they showed me that the call did not go out till the third time I called 1/2 hour after the guy was caught in the act.
Officer is equally as frustrated w nonemergency as myself. He just got the call half-hour later. It's really frustrating that he or I can't help find a guy because of bad communication. Something has to be done about nonemergency at Nhpd
You can close this!
Don't think this is happening anymore.
Fixed. You can close it!
This is fixed
Note the density discrepancy between the lower part of the photo and the upper part of the photo with the park.
It's a beered skunk as opposed to a skunked beer. Zing zing
My wife and I have started to look at moving out of neighborhood after 7 years of fighting it. Really truly personally sad for me.
Thanks Doug. It was horrible last night. My wife was up with the baby 6 times in the middle of the night as a result.
Thanks for fixing this issue!
The next Banksy?
I have wondered this for a while too! We have an amazing coastline that's totally underutilized. I know at least one of the Mayoral candidates is talking about this.