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MAYOR BRONIN, U.S. ATTORNEY DALY, AND HARTFORD POLICE DEPT. ANNOUNCE NEW ENHANCED LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE

MAYOR BRONIN, U.S. ATTORNEY DALY, AND HARTFORD POLICE DEPT. ANNOUNCE NEW ENHANCED LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE

HARTFORD, CONN. (January 12, 2017) - The Hartford Police Department, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF"), the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), the Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") and local and state agency partners today announced the creation of the Focused Violence Reduction Team (FVRT) - an enhanced law enforcement effort targeting gun violence and illegal gun ownership in the City of Hartford.  The FVRT will include the assignment of five new federal agents, who will work alongside Hartford Police Officers day to day under the leadership of Assistant United States Attorney Michael Gustafson, who has been named as the Team's Coordinator.

"Last fall, I reached out to U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly and asked for her help in assembling and leading a larger, coordinated federal response to partner with the Hartford Police Department in combatting gun violence, and I'm deeply grateful for this enhanced federal partnership," stated Mayor Luke Bronin. "We're very appreciative of the longstanding support of the U.S. Attorney's Office, and I believe the creation of the Focused Violence Reduction Team will significantly strengthen our collective efforts to get illegal guns - and shooters - off our streets."

"This new combined effort is centered around an increased federal partnership to combine with our State and Local partners from the region. Our focus will be combating violence in Hartford and the region with data-driven intelligence-based investigations." stated Hartford Police Chief James Rovella.

"We in federal law enforcement are committed to assisting police departments in Connecticut's cities by using the full weight of federal law to remove violent individuals from our communities," said U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly.  "Working with Hartford Police to fight crime in our capital city has long been a priority of the U.S. Attorney's Office. I am confident that this strengthened partnership and the additional federal resources provided by ATF, FBI and DEA will improve the quality of life for the people of Hartford and the surrounding communities.  I thank the Hartford Police Department, the Hartford States Attorney's Office and our federal partners for their coordination and collaboration."

"The sustainability of Hartford's public safety is a priority and I am pleased that we are receiving assistance at the federal level to help our local law enforcement tackle an issue that's been plaguing our city." stated City Council President TJ Clarke, II, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.

"I appreciate the continued partnership of our local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and encourage city residents to also play an active role in combatting gun violence by sharing any and all information about illegal guns, illegal gun ownership, or criminal activity in their neighborhoods," said Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.

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