Health & Safety

Police & Fire: Switched to Civilian Dispatch as of 2016. Savings of $1.8 m for each of six years.

Police

The City’s crime rate has gone down significantly over the past 12 years, according to federal statistics. In 2001, Waterbury had an average of 484.6 crimes per 100,000 people. The national average is 298.9. By 2012, the number was reduced to 309 crimes per 100,000 people. Over the past decade, Waterbury has seen a significant decrease in every major-crime area, including murder, rape, robbery, burglary and auto theft.

Fire

Infrastructure: Station 4 Baldwin Street, finished final phases of interior and exterior restoration and modernization to 1907 firehouse. Station 6 Willow Street, completed second phase of exterior renovation, moving to third phase of interior renovation and modernization of 1905 firehouse. Purchased three engines and one ladder truck. Implemented two-way radio upgrade.

Consolidation and Reorganization: Consolidation of Engine Co. 1 increased efficiency while reducing personnel costs by $1.65 million. Bureau of Fire Prevention reorganization saved $400,000 and significantly increased the inspection rate.

Grants: Acquired $4.23 million in grants that covered personnel costs, protective gear, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for City residents and FEMA performance grant.

Emergency Management/Homeland Security: Became the first large municipality in state post-Sandy Hook to have plans completed and approved by the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security under Public Act 13-3. Created a model presentation used statewide for National Incident Management Systems instruction to school administrators. Successfully secured funding for all declared disasters in New Haven County via FEMA.

Health Department

Nursing recruitment initiatives placed a registered nurse in every school.

Held 12 skill-training workshops in-house or with outside agencies to generate job opportunities for low-income residents, reaching 175 individuals.

Made 177 housing units lead safe. Conducted 68 community outreach and education events, proactively trying to prevent lead poisoning among City residents. Established a lead-safe housing registry.

Conducted Citywide Waterbury Health Assessment with establishment of Greater Waterbury Health Improvement Partnership to establish a platform to address the Top Four identified health needs.

Maintained active involvement as a member of the Region 5 Emergency Preparedness Medical Support Functions to maintain emergency readiness.

Performed routine inspections of all food establishments, including mobile food vendors. Conducted routine inspections of barbershops/cosmetology establishments. Also did routine inspection of swimming pools as well as child day care centers to ensure compliance with all state regulations.

Routinely respond to housing violations and participate in weekly Blight Task Force Meetings.