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:
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: US Department of Justice
May 13, 2014
FORMER WETHERSFIELD RESIDENT SENTENCED
TO 46 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING HEROIN
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOSE NEGRON, also known as “Chino,” 29, formerly of Wethersfield, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 46 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.
According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force and the Hartford Police Department into gang-related narcotics trafficking in Hartford’s South End. The investigation specifically targeted a drug trafficking organization headed by Angel Rosa, aka “Little” and “Daddy,” who is a member of the Los Solidos street gang. Rosa’s cousin, Angel Rosa, aka “Mo Betta” and “Fab,” supervised the daily operations of the organization, which distributed heroin and other narcotics in the Zion Street area.
The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps, further revealed that Iran Negron, aka “Face,” “Cara” and “Pete,” stored large quantities of the organization’s heroin at his Gilman Street residence, and also sold heroin and cocaine to his own customers. JOSE NEGRON, who is Iran Negron’s nephew, supplied heroin to Iran Negron and Angel Rosa, aka Mo Betta.
As a result of the investigation, 21 individuals were charged with various federal offenses, and law enforcement officers seized narcotics, one firearm, approximately $230,000 in cash, eight vehicles and jewelry.
NEGRON was arrested on April 12, 2013. On January 24, 2014, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin.
NEGRON’s criminal history includes convictions for sale of narcotics, larceny and failures to appear.
NEGRON, who has been residing in Manchester while released on a $150,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on June 10.
Angel Rosa, aka “Little” and “Daddy,” Angel Rosa, aka “Mo Betta” and “Fab,” and Iran Negron have pleaded guilty. On April 29, 2014, “Mo Betta” was sentenced to 165 months of imprisonment. “Little” and Iran Negron await sentencing.
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force, which included members of the Connecticut State Police, Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut Department of Correction and Connecticut National Guard. The Connecticut State Police’s Emergency Services Unit, Hartford Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, Capital Region Emergency Response Team, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and the New Britain, East Hartford, Wethersfield and Manchester Police Departments have provided valuable assistance to the investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian Leaming and Patrick Caruso.
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103