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MAYOR BRONIN ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

MAYOR BRONIN ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
CITES TONIGHT'S PUBLIC COMSTAT MEETING AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT NECESSARY TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE IN HARTFORD
 
Hartford, Conn. (May 24, 2016) — Today, Mayor Bronin participated in a White House Summit on Gun Violence Prevention. Mayor Bronin joined state and local leaders in calling on Congress to enact common sense laws, and encouraged cities and states to take legislative and executive action. Later in the afternoon, Mayor Bronin will meet with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss collective efforts to improve public safety.
 
Today's White House Summit on Gun Violence Prevention includes a group of state and local leaders from across the country who have been active in the effort to reduce gun violence. Also in attendance were Governor Malloy, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, among others.
 
“Gun violence shatters families and neighborhoods in Hartford and in cities around the country," said Mayor Bronin. “President Obama has taken executive actions to curb gun violence, and in Connecticut, Governor Malloy and state leaders have enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the country. But until we adopt comprehensive, common sense laws on the national level, we are going to continue to see illegal guns trafficked across state lines. In the meantime, we need to continue to work creatively and aggressively at the state and local level."
 
Prior to the White House Summit, Mayor Bronin participated in a session at the Center for American Progress about executive actions to combat gun violence. 
 
Citing expanded community engagement as an important part of combatting gun violence, Mayor Bronin also noted that tonight the Hartford Police Department will hold its first public Comstat meeting. Comstat meetings are weekly meetings at which the police department reviews trends in criminal activity throughout the city. At Mayor Bronin's request, the meetings have been opened to the public and once a month will be held after hours to encourage community participation.
 
 “Community engagement is an important part of making our streets safer and our neighborhoods stronger, and opening Comstat meetings to the public is one way to promote an ongoing partnership between residents and police,” said Mayor Bronin. “Residents of the city have information and insight that the officers may not have, and vice versa. That's why we are opening the doors, letting the public in, and having a real, transparent conversation about what's happening in our neighborhoods."
 
The public Comstat meeting is taking place tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Hartford Police Department (253 High St., Hartford, Conn.).

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