Click To Expand Menu [ + ]

Select a Department

Press Room

HARTFORD AND STATE OFFICIALS WARN OF FENTANYL-RELATED OVERDOSES, PROMOTE TESTING RESOURCES

HARTFORD AND STATE OFFICIALS WARN OF FENTANYL-RELATED OVERDOSES, PROMOTE TESTING RESOURCES

HARTFORD, CONN (June 4, 2019)Today the City of Hartford, the Connecticut State Department of Public Health, and the State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services warned residents of the risk of fentanyl laced in drugs other than heroin, including cocaine, designer drugs, and potentially even marijuana.  The City and State are working closely together to make fentanyl testing strips available to community partners working with individuals with substance abuse disorders, including AIDS CT and the Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition.  First responders in the city are equipped with naloxone, which is the most effective antidote to overdoses.  Between June 3rd and June 4th, 2019, there were five fatal overdoses in North Hartford suspected to be related to fentanyl laced in drugs other than heroin.  These overdoses follow nine non-fatal overdoses between June 1st and June 2nd, 2019, also suspected to be related to fentanyl laced in drugs other than heroin.  The Hartford Police Department reminded residents that, consistent with State’s 2011 Good Samaritan law, they will not be arrested for possession of illegal drugs if they are reporting an overdose and officers arrive on scene.

“The overdoses we have seen in the last few days are particularly concerning to us because it appears they are due to fentanyl laced in drugs other than heroin,” said Mayor Luke Bronin. “We are working closely with our partners at the State to ensure we have enough naloxone to respond appropriately, and we are working with our local nonprofit partners to distribute fentanyl testing strips.  But beyond that, we ask everyone to help spread the word that any illegal drug may be contaminated with fentanyl, which is a poison.”

The State Department of Public Health has a Naloxone Overdose Reporting App (www.norasaves.com), which teaches people what the signs of an overdose are, how to administer naloxone, where to acquire naloxone, and how to report it.

“Every overdose death is a tragedy,” said Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell.  “Our goal is to assist local health and first responders to save as many lives as we can.  Working together, we are making sure the word gets out to community organizations and health departments to be on alert for laced substances that can be lethal if ingested.  We will also make sure all resources such as naloxone are in place for first responders and anyone who helps to treat the addicted for opioid use disorder.  Family members and friends can also help simply by keeping an eye on their loved ones and reporting to health or law enforcement authorities any unusual narcotics they might be using.  The point is to get people in treatment as soon as possible and prevent overdoses from claiming any more lives.”

“Whenever we see a number of overdose deaths in a short period of time in a single location, it’s vital that we err on the side of caution and raise awareness of any potential danger to help prevent additional overdoses,” said Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon. “If you or a loved one is actively using illicit drugs, it’s important to have naloxone on hand.  Recovery is possible and help is available.  If you are ready to receive help, please call 1-800-563-4086 to be connected to addiction treatment and services.”

“Our priority is keeping people safe, and so, consistent with state law, our police officers will not arrest anyone who makes a call to 911 about an overdose emergency,” said Acting Chief of Police Jason Thody.  “In the event of an overdose, drug paraphernalia can be crucial in our investigation of the source of these drugs, and so we don’t want people to dispose of that evidence because they’re concerned about being arrested.”

 

###

 

 

CitySealWHiteBR

HARTFORD TO HOST TAX DEED SALE TOMORROW

HARTFORD TO HOST TAX DEED SALE TOMORROW

HARTFORD, CONN (April 25, 2019) – Tomorrow the City of Hartford is hosting a tax deed sale for 41 properties across the city.  The tax deed sale will allow the city to recoup delinquent taxes and transfer properties to new ownership.  The public auction will take place tomorrow, April 26th, 2019 at 10 AM at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street.  The full list of properties as well as the starting bids is available here. 

“This tax deed sale is a great opportunity for people who care about Hartford to invest in our city,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “We hope to recoup taxes owed to the city, but just as important, we want these properties in the hands of people who will care for them.”

Tomorrow, bidders must present a deposit of $5,000 per property in certified funds payable to “Pullman & Comley, Trustee” and the winning bidder must pay the balance of the sale price within 5 days or forfeit that deposit.  More details are available here.

###

CitySealWHiteBR

HARTFORD POLICE CHIEF ROSADO MOVING TO PRIVATE SECTOR

HARTFORD POLICE CHIEF ROSADO MOVING TO PRIVATE SECTOR

HARTFORD, CONN (March 21, 2019) – Today the City of Hartford announced that Police Chief David Rosado will be moving to the private sector in a leadership role at Pratt & Whitney, after more than two decades in public service.  Chief Rosado’s last day will be Friday, April 12th.  The City expects to conduct a national search for a new police chief.  Upon Chief Rosado’s departure, Assistant Chief Jason Thody will serve as Acting Chief of the Hartford Police Department. 

“We were fortunate to recruit someone with Chief Rosado’s combination of experience and deep roots in our community, and I’m grateful to Chief Rosado for his service to Hartford,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Chief Rosado has had a long and distinguished career in law enforcement, and over the last year he and his team have done important work to strengthen the department.  I respect his decision based on what’s best for him and his family, and I wish him and his family the very best as he begins the next chapter.  In the year ahead, we will conduct a national search for a permanent replacement, and we will make sure that there is significant community involvement in that process.  In the meantime, I am confident that Assistant Chief Thody will be a strong interim leader for the Hartford Police Department.”

“As someone who was born and raised in Hartford, it has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as our Police Chief,” said Chief Rosado.  “I have always been committed to public service, but after twenty-two years, this opportunity to take a leadership role at Pratt & Whitney is one that I could not turn down for my family.  I made this decision with mixed emotions, but as anyone who knows me understands, my family is central to everything I do, and they have supported my career in public service for more than two decades.  It’s difficult to leave the men and women of the Hartford Police Department, who do incredible work each and every day.  I’m proud of the work we’ve done over the past year, from increasing accountability and rolling out body cameras to recruiting diverse classes of new officers.  I want to thank Mayor Bronin and the City Council for their faith in me, and I know they will continue to give the police department every tool to be successful.”

“It’s an honor to be asked to serve as Acting Chief of the Hartford Police Department,” said Assistant Chief Jason Thody.  “I have proudly served the City of Hartford for twenty-three years, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with Mayor Bronin, the City Council, the men and women of the department, and the community in this new role.  It has been a privilege to work with Chief Rosado, and on behalf of our department, we wish him every success as he transitions to the private sector after such a long career in public service.” 

###

 

CitySealWHiteBR

Subcategories

HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM