MAYOR BRONIN WELCOMES 16 NEW HPD POLICE RECRUITS TO POLICE ACADEMY TRAINING
HARTFORD, CONN (Feb. 23, 2017) – Today, Mayor Luke Bronin joined Police Chief James Rovella to welcome 16 new Hartford Police recruits to the force during their first week of police academy training. This class is one of three recruiting classes planned for calendar year 2017.
“I am proud to welcome these dedicated men and women to the Hartford Police force," said Mayor Bronin. "They have made it through an extensive and rigorous selection process, and they now begin their training as guardians, protectors and public servants in the Hartford community. I look forward to swearing them in as full members of a department committed to the ethos of community policing, committed to accountability and transparency, and committed as well to the goal of building a force that better reflects the tremendous diversity of the city of Hartford."
This class of 16 includes (2) African American police recruits, (8) Hispanic police recruits and (6) female police recruits, making it one of the most diverse police classes hired by the Hartford Police Department. In addition, the class includes three Hartford Police Cadets. The cadet program was designed to serve as a pipeline for Hartford residents seeking a career in law enforcement.
“As a whole, this diverse recruit class represents a step in a positive direction as we look to restore and diversify our staffing levels.” said Chief Rovella. “Individually, we will look for each recruit to understand the importance of service to our city and acting as a guardian to our community. We wish them luck as they begin training academy.”
“I am pleased that our new class of 16 police recruits represent such a diverse group of individuals, including Hartford residents.” said City Council President Thomas J. Clarke, II, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee. “I have the utmost confidence that Chief Rovella and his team will be able to develop and train them so they can be prepared to serve and protect the people in the City of Hartford"
“I am happy to know that we are continuing to make progress towards increasing our staffing levels and I look forward to congratulating our new class of police recruits upon their successful graduation from the training academy.” said Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.
The Hartford Police Department is continuing to recruit officers, and currently anticipates bringing on another class in the early summer and a third class in the early fall of 2017.