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City of Hartford Accepts Grant from U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to Address Gun Violence

(October 18, 2013) – The City of Hartford will receive $1,794,000 to address gun violence through the funding of ten additional police officer positions, as part of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant program. The funding will allow the Hartford Police Department to increase next year’s recruit class to 40.

“This is a great step forward for our City,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra. “Increased officer presence in our neighborhoods builds trust, and lays the groundwork for the community as a whole to stand up against gun violence.”

The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides the salary and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years.

“Communicating with the public is critical to all our efforts, from the smallest issues to the most serious crimes,” said Hartford Police Chief James Rovella. “These ten positions will focus on our continued effort to improve the quality of life in our City”.

For additional information about the 2013 COPS Hiring Program, visit the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov

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For Immediate Release: October 18, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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