At a time when the United States is sharply divided over the use of force by police, New Haven practices an approach called community policing. The goal is to foster trust and open communications, and to avoid excessive force. At its core, community policing is about attitude—police officers who have a public service mentality, who empathize with the people, and who exhaust all alternatives before making arrests and using force. There are lessons here for police—and the people—in cities all across the country.
The screening at NHdocs is the documentary’s world premiere.
Director Steve Hamm is a freelance writer and filmmaker in New Haven.
Editor Scott N. Amore is a film and music creator and editor here.
Their previous documentary, The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy, has been screened more than 30 times since it premiered at the New Haven Documentary Film Festival in 2018.