NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork)– A lot of teachers and other professionals in the city of New Haven have come together to help reduce the city crime rate and now the results are in.

Mayor Toni Harp and other city officials are working to give teenagers, many of them with police records, a new attitude as they grow up, WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reported. 

Harp said the key is keeping kids in school with after-school programs specifically geared toward their interests.

“And the kids really love it. We’ve developed summer programs as well for the kids that are returning to our community from the juvenile justice system,” she said.

The mayor said the kids appreciate being schooled in areas of their skills. Many of them are now on probation or parole and are building careers aimed at putting them on the right track while gaining lifetime skills.

Over the past five years, the city crime rate has dropped by almost 25 percent. The newly released, federal crime statistics underscore five consecutive years of reduced crime.