Nick Pastore will forever be known as one of New Haven's most colorful historical figures. The Chief of Police in New Haven from 1990 to 1997, Pastore was well-known for his outrageous comments and unusual antics. New Haven's chief proponent of community policing, Pastore referred to himself in interviews as "'an outstanding patrol officer,' a 'super crime-fighting cop,' 'a good cop with the Mafia,' [and] 'Sherlock Holmes."'1
Pastore, unlike his immediate predecessor, highly valued working with the community and advocated for a focus on reducing crime rather than increasing arrests. Pastore once informed that New York Times that in 21st century New Haven, "You're not going to spend $30,000 for one black inmate." Instead, "You're going to send him to Yale. You're going to send him to the University of New Haven.
Van Zile, Caroline, "Community Policing in New Haven: Social Norms, Police Culture, and the Alleged Crisis of Criminal Procedure" (2012). Student Legal History Papers. 37.