The New Haven Police Department has added a special victims unit, to investigate and cut down on sexual assaults, domestic violence cases and crimes committed against the elderly in the city.
The department had a unit until a year ago. It was disbanded for staffing concerns, but it back, as of today.
The unit, made up of three detectives and one sergeant, is returning as police search for the man who sexually assaulted a 41-year-old woman near Union Station as she was heading to work early Monday morning.
Police Chief Dean Esserman held a news conference at police headquarters at 3 p.m. on Friday.
"Some of the most vulnerable among us are children, are women who are being victimized, are the elderly. They need the special attention of experts, and what these detectives are, are experts," Esserman said.
Anyone with information about the sexual assault is asked to call New Haven police.