MAYOR BRONIN AND CHIEF ROVELLA STATEMENTS ON ICE AGENTS’ USE OF CITY FACILITIES AND IDENTIFICATION
HARTFORD, CONN (March 20, 2017) – On Sunday, March 12th, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wearing only “Police” identification, with no visible indication of their affiliation with ICE, attempted to get an undocumented person to meet them in the lobby of the City’s Public Safety Complex, where she would have been detained. The use of apparel labeled “Police” reflects an intent to create the impression that they were, in fact, local police.
“To protect our community, our police and other public safety officers need to foster a relationship of trust with all of our residents,” said Mayor Bronin. “Our police officers have worked hard to build that trust, and for ICE agents to present themselves as local police will undermine the hard work our department has done. We follow all state and federal laws, and we will partner with anyone to help get violent criminals off our streets. But federal agents should not be creating the impression that they are local police.”
“All law enforcement officials, not acting in an undercover capacity, working in our community should be readily identified by the agencies that they represent,” said Chief Rovella. “ICE Agents should not identify as local police as it is misleading and can damage the important relationship with our local communities."