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Project Longevity Essay Contest

The Hartford Police Activities League Support Non-Violence in Partnership with Project Longevity and Step Up, Step Out; End the Culture of Violence (SUSO) 

In support of our collective mission to work alongside our community to eliminate violence, we have partnered to promote a youth essay writing contest. The contest asks: How I can eliminate violence in my community?

All Hartford student's grades 4-12 are eligible to participate. The essay deadline is May 19th. We received essays from Hartford students across the city, and are excited to read the essays and select the winners. Please join us on Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 5:00 pm at Asylum Hill Congregational Church to celebrate the winners and participants! We hope to see you there!

Who: The Hartford Police Activities League, Project Longevity, and SUSO

What: Youth Anti-Violence Essay Contest Awards Reception

When: Friday June 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Where: Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue Hartford CT

Why: To promote public safety, community partnership, and support our youth

For more information please contact: Hartford Project Longevity Coordinator Tiana Victoria Hercules, Esq. at 860 760 7952


WEB HPD Explorers - 5-3-14


On May 3, 2014, twenty two members of the Hartford Police Explorer Program competed in the Connecticut Cadet Stations Day Completion at POSTC (CT Police Academy) located in Meriden, CT.  Stations Day is a one day competition where Explorer/Cadet Programs from all over Connecticut and New England area compete. Explorers/Cadets use the skills they have learned during their weekly classes to respond to different scenarios as if they were the officer on scene. This year Hartford Explorers won seven awards in the following events:

1st place:

Domestic Disputes

Suspicious Person

Tactical Response

2nd Place:

Building Search

MV Stop

Male Physical Agility

Female Physical Agility

The Hartford Police Explorer Program is for youth residing in Hartford, from the ages of 14-21 years old, and who have an interest in pursuing a career in Law Enforcement. The Explorer Program currently has 35-40 active members that participate each week.  The Explorers Program has classes every Sunday, from 10:00am – 1:00pm, that is held at the PAL building located at 50 Williams Street, Hartford, CT.

The Hartford Police Explorer Program provides hands on career training in the Law Enforcement Field, build life skills, leadership skills, provide personal fitness and community service. The Hartford Police Department has many current and past officers who were successful members of our Explorer program.



Auto Theft Prevention Program

Consistent with national trends, Hartford is seeing a large number of Honda and Toyota thefts. In an attempt to prevent many of these thefts and partner with our community, the department will be launching an Auto Theft Prevention Program.

Registered owners of the most vulnerable vehicles have been identified through the tax roll and will be receiving a letter inviting them to participate in the program.  The letter will instruct the recipient to contact a police supervisor assigned to the area that they live to obtain “the Club” if they so desire.

The sergeants will be required to confirm residency, issue “the club”, and record the transaction in the Auto Theft Prevention Program records. 

Example of letters being sent out: 

Dear Grand List Owner:

Recently we have noticed a nationwide increase in automobile theft. When we reviewed our local statistics, we found that this is also consistent within our city. These same statistics offered by the 2011 National Insurance Crime Bureau Auto Theft Study indicates that certain vehicles have a greater appeal to thieves and are therefore more likely to be stolen.

The reason you are receiving this letter is that according to the City of Hartford Grand List, you are listed as the owner of a vehicle that is classified as a higher risk. As part of our proactive approach to reduce crime and auto theft, we are offering the opportunity for the owners of vehicles that are considered statistically higher risk to receive “The Club” for their vehicle free of charge. “The Club” is a device that locks over your steering wheel to immobilize it. Owners who use a steering wheel lock like “The Club” are four times less likely to be a victim of auto theft.

The Hartford Police Department and I hope that you take advantage of this great prevention program. Please contact your District Community Service Sergeant (see attached list) to receive “the Club” free of charge for the above listed vehicle. You will need to show proof of residency when you pick up “The Club”. There are a limited number of clubs for distribution so they will be given on a first come first serve basis.

If you have any questions, please feel free to discuss them with your District Community Service Sergeant.


James C. Rovella

Chief of Police

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