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HARTFORD, CONN (June 19, 2018) –  Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that this upcoming weekend, the City will host a free community hackathon at Upward Hartford to gather ideas for its Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge application.  Residents can register at, and also see videos promoting the hackathon from community stakeholders.  The Mayors Challenge asks cities around the country to come up with innovative solutions to their most pressing challenges, and in February, Hartford was selected as one of 35 finalist Champion Cities.  Hartford’s proposal is Alleviating Child Trauma in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION).  ACTION uses the City’s ShotSpotter technology to ensure that early childhood professionals and youth support organizations are able to recognize and respond in real time when a child has been exposed to the trauma of gun violence.  Hartford is now competing for an implementation award from Bloomberg Philanthropies and will submit a final application in August. 

“We’re going after a large grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies focused on alleviating childhood trauma, and we’re committed to engaging our community in the process – not just so that we have a better chance of winning, but so that our proposal has a better chance of working to help kids in our city,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Since we were selected as a Champion City we have hosted a number of listening sessions, and this weekend’s community hackathon is another opportunity to hear directly from residents.  We don’t have all the answers, so I encourage the community to bring their ideas, comments, and criticisms to the hackathon.  I want to thank Upward Hartford for partnering with us to host the hackathon.”

No background in coding is required, and anyone in the community interested in reducing the trauma from gun violence is encouraged to participate.  Throughout the weekend, people will work in teams and with mentors to think of ways to improve the City’s proposal.  On Sunday, a team of judges will award cash prizes for the best ideas to come out of the hackathon.  As a Champion City, Hartford was awarded a $100,000 grant to refine and test its idea.  The hackathon is supported by that grant funding and it will start at 5:30 PM on Friday, June 22nd, at Upward Hartford.

“Hartford is harnessing the energy of its emerging tech community to make a difference in the lives of children traumatized by gun violence,” said U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. “The scourge of gun violence shatters neighborhoods, destroys families and ruins communities. I applaud Hartford and all of the creative and skilled individuals coming together on June 22 to dedicate their time and talents to making a positive impact.”

“Hartford is on the leading edge of finding innovative solutions to tough problems, like gun violence,” said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.  “Violent neighborhoods wreak havoc on kids’ developing minds. Hartford’s idea to use the ShotSpotter gunshot detection technology to identify children at risk of trauma from gun violence will make a huge difference.  I’m proud of the investment earned by the city through the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge, and I’m looking forward to seeing the new, innovative ideas at the upcoming hackathon.”

“I want to congratulate Mayor Luke Bronin and the city of Hartford for being finalists in Bloomberg’s Mayors Challenge, this is an outstanding achievement by the city of Hartford, Mayor Bronin and his team,” said Congressman John Larson.  “Their proposal, Alleviating Child Trauma in Our Neighborhoods, is vitally important for victims in Hartford, and across this nation. I hope that everyone can come to the hackathon and share their ideas on how to refine this proposal.”

“I applaud the city for thinking outside the box and providing community members the opportunity to collaborate and bring forth solutions to further refine the city’s proposal,” said City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames.  “The Hartford community has the capacity to solve problems that directly impact them like gun violence and this is a great way to engage them in the process.”







HARTFORD, CONN (June 8, 2018) – This morning, Mayor Luke Bronin, members of the City Council and State delegation, Police Chief David Rosado, and Kim Oliver, Director of the Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation (DFCYR), announced a series of new public safety initiatives and an expansion of summer recreation hours.  There will be three community meetings about these initiatives in the weeks ahead: one hosted by the Maple Avenue Revitalization Group at their meeting at 6 PM on Thursday, June 14th; one hosted by the Northeast Revitalization Zone at their meeting at 5:30 PM on Monday, June 18th, 2018; and one at Mayor Bronin’s town hall at 6 PM on Thursday, June 28th at the Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center.

The public safety initiatives will increase the number of Hartford police officers on patrol at all times, will provide greater presence in areas that have seen the highest incidence of violent crime, will allow for more proactive enforcement of narcotics and gun-related activity, and will bring additional investigative, prosecutorial and preventative resources to Hartford through the assistance of state and federal partners.

In addition, the expansion of summer recreation will provide opportunity for safe, fun, staff-supported activity every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night until 11pm throughout the summer.

“Over the last few weeks we’ve been developing plans to enhance public safety and expand recreational opportunities for young people, as we prepare for the start of summer,” said Mayor Bronin.  “We’re going to have more officers out every day this summer, with the greatest presence in those areas that have been hotspots for in recent weeks.  We’re also working closely with our state and federal partners, which will allow us to have dedicated prosecutors and additional investigative resources focused on those most violent individuals who are responsible for the vast majority of shootings in Hartford.  In addition, we continue to focus aggressively on recruiting new officers, with one class in the academy, one class scheduled to begin this summer, and another class for which were accepting applications right now.

“While we’re doing a lot to expand police presence and proactive enforcement, we also know public safety isn’t just about policing.  That’s why we’re expanding night hours at our recreation centers, and it’s also why my office has been working closely with youth service providers to identify young people in need of individualized engagement, intervention, and support, and we’re going to continue doing that. I want to thank the Hartford Police Department and our Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation, and many local, state, and federal partners for their hard work and their commitment to doing everything we can to keep our streets safe and our neighborhoods strong.  I also want to thank the City Council for their partnership on public safety issues, as well as for their focus on summer recreation.”

“Given the spike in shootings in the city, it is important that residents know that Council leadership and the administration have been working together to develop a plan that provides targeted resources to mitigate future incidences, particularly in advance of the summer months,” said City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames.

“I am 100% in support of all of the measures taken into consideration to ensure we can be proactive and ensure a safe summer for all of our city residents,” said City Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Council’s Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.  “We welcome the support from our community, and state and federal partnerships to ensure unified commitments are thriving for safety.  As for the recreation with extended hours for parks and recreation centers for our youth in the summer: it is imperative that we continue to support activities that keep our youth engaged in safe and wholesome activities to keep them off negative alternatives on the streets.  Together with community involvement we can enjoy all that summer has to offer.”

“As Co-Chair of the Public Safety Committee and a lifetime resident of our city, there’s nothing I take more seriously than public safety,” said City Councilman Thomas “TJ” Clarke II, Co-Chair of the Council's Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.  “Over the last two and a half years, working with my colleagues, we have prioritized public safety – including resources for our police department and for recreation.  Earlier this week, I met with Council President Thames, Councilman Sanchez, the Mayor and Chief Rosado to discuss our plans for the summer, and the initiatives the Mayor and Chief Rosado are outlining today are important steps toward making neighborhoods safer.  We will continue to evaluate the right course of action and work with our community leaders and partners at the State and federal level in the coming weeks.  I am also glad that the steps we have taken as a Council to enhance recreation offerings are part of the initiatives we are announcing today. We are committed to making Hartford a safe place to work, play and live.”

Summer Recreation

·        Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night this summer, Parker Memorial Community Center and the Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center will be open from 4 PM – 11 PM with activities for boys and girls ages 13 – 24.  This extended programming begins Thursday, June 21st and ends Saturday, August 25th. 

·        The extended hours are in addition to the summer recreation hours already scheduled at Parker and Arroyo, and in addition to the summer meals program which will run at various locations in the city.

Federal and State Partnerships


·        The U.S. Attorney’s office has agreed to work with the Police Department to resurrect the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative in Hartford.  This will include dedicating additional prosecutorial resources to Hartford, and it will focus those resources on our most violent individuals.  


·        The State Police, through the Bureau of Special Investigations, has committed to sending additional investigative resources to the Police Department’s Vice, Intelligence, and Narcotics (VIN) Division and the State’s Attorney’s office has committed to add prosecutorial resources for the VIN.  

Increased Presence of Hartford Police Officers in Targeted Areas

·        Effective earlier this week, Chief Rosado assigned two 2-man walk beats to some of the City’s most challenged areas, one in the North and one in the South.  Those teams will walk the beat from early evening until early in the morning. 


·        Effective today, Chief Rosado will be adding fourofficersto each shifton patrol.


·        Effective today, the HPD’s seventeen Community Service Officers will focus their work on areas that have seen an uptick in crime, and they will be on duty and visible in those hotspots from the evening until early in the morning.  CSOs are not being permanently reassigned, and they continue to be available as points of contact and liaisons for residents and stakeholders in their respective neighborhoods. 


·        Effective next week, the HPD VIN Division will be creating a Street Crime Unit consisting of eight officers and one sergeant who will be dedicated to firearms and narcotics crimes.  


·        Last month, Chief Rosado announced the creation of a Community Response Unit (CRU), consisting of one sergeant and four officers.  The CRU is dedicated to addressing quality of life concerns citywide.  




HARTFORD, CONN (June 7, 2018) –This Saturday, the City of Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth & Recreation, in partnership with a number of community stakeholders, will be giving away 40,000 free books to Hartford children at Parker Memorial Community Center.  Also on Saturday, the Hartford Public Library will be launching its Summer Learning Program at its Kick-Off Celebration at the Downtown Library.

“We are thrilled that thanks to First Book and ESPN, Hartford families will begin the summer with 40,000 new books,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Along with the Hartford Public Library’s Summer Learning Program, this incredibly generous donation will help encourage young people to keep reading and learning this summer – and it will help prevent the ‘summer slide,’ so that students don’t lose what they learned during the school year.  I want to thank the dozens of community partners who are taking part in the Summer Learning Kick-Off and engaging young people throughout the summer.”

The book giveaway will take place between 9 AM – 1 PM on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main Street.  Families are invited to choose up to 10 free, new books for each child age 18 and under on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Children must be present to select books.  There will be activities, crafts, and special guest readers. 

The book giveaway is sponsored by First Book and ESPN, with additional event support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Catholic Charities, the Metropolitan District Commission.

“We are pleased to launch our Summer Learning Program in conjunction with the free book giveaway,” said Bridget Quinn-Carey, Chief Executive Officer of Hartford Public Library.  “Learning shouldn’t stop when school lets out and these efforts are providing kids the opportunity to feed and stimulate their minds throughout the critical summer months.  We are grateful that this innovative community collaboration came together to further serve Hartford children and their families year-round.”

The Summer Learning Program Kick-Off will take place between 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at the Downtown Library, 500 Main Street. The event will include local authors, a maker space offering a variety of activities, community booths, and tattoo and face painting booths. The band, Boogie Chillun’, will perform at 2:00 PM on the Library terrace.

Summer Learning passports will also be available at the kick-off event. Those who participate in the day’s activities and have their passports stamped will receive a free ice cream from Ice Cream for Dream.

Many community organizations are scheduled to attend the celebration including: the Connecticut Science Center; Village for Families and Children; Sexual Assault Crisis Service; Paws to Read; Regional School Choice Office; Community Solutions Inc.; Hartford Yard Goats; Hartford Stage; UConn Book Store; Jumoke Academy; Habitat for Humanity; NAACP Youth Council; Double Dutch League; Wadsworth Atheneum; Mount Olive Nurse Ministries; Trinity Health of New England; and, 4Unity.

Arch Street will be closed between Main Street and Prospect Street from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for the event.

This year’s summer learning program in Hartford is about building a better world together. Marie Jarry, HPL Youth and Family Services Director, said, “Building a better world can sometimes mean taking care of ourselves, our communities, or the earth. This summer, learning is about getting out into Hartford to Read. Go. Do!”

Everyone who signs up for the Summer Learning Program will receive free Connecticut Suns tickets, available throughout the program from June 9 to August 24. Participants who join one of the Library’s clubs—Health, Hartford, STEM, Art, Nature, or Literature—and complete at least 5 club activities will also earn a free book (for those under 19) and a ticket to the August 24th Hartford Yard Goats game, the Summer Learning Program’s finale event. Six hundred Yard Goat tickets are available, and the event will include fireworks and a barbecue - first come, first served.

To learn more about Hartford Public Library’s Summer Learning Program, please visit

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