MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR HARTFORD RESIDENTS
Hartford, Conn. (March 2, 2017) – Today, Mayor Bronin announced the Hartford Police Department will begin accepting applications for Hartford residents to apply to become Police Officers. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on March 15, 2017.
“Building our police department up to appropriate staffing levels remains a priority of this administration, and I’m hopeful that Hartford residents will seize this opportunity to step up to be a part of the change in our community,” said Mayor Bronin. “We are recruiting on an ongoing basis, from within Hartford and from outside of Hartford, but this particular recruiting drive is focused on Hartford residents. We believe that increasing the number of Hartford residents on the force helps to strengthen the ties between our police officers and the community they serve.”
Mayor Bronin and Chief Rovella both stressed their commitment to continued recruiting efforts, as the department prepares for additional retirements of long-serving officers. Because the City of Hartford failed to recruit an adequate number of officers in prior years, Mayor Bronin said that he anticipates hiring multiple recruit classes each year for the next few years.
Chief Rovella said, “Our recruitment process is ongoing and with Mayor Bronin’s support, we’re going to keep searching for the best applicants to mitigate the shortfall of officers.”
Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application, and possess a high school diploma or GED, as well as a valid driver’s license. Applicants will face an examination process consisting of a physical ability test, a written test, and an oral test. To be appointed, candidates must also pass a drug test, a background investigation, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, an interview with the Chief of Police, a physical examination, and a working test/probationary period of one year after graduation from the Police Academy. All parts of the examination are designed to determine the ability of applicants to learn and perform the duties of a Police Officer in a multi-culturally diverse environment.
“Despite an aggressive timeline, I am hopeful that there will be an overwhelming response from Hartford residents.” said City Council President Thomas J. Clarke, II, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee. “I am optimistic for a record response number.”
“Given our current shortage of police officers, this is a great opportunity to support the police department in their efforts to restore staffing levels.” said Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee. “It is my hope that we receive a great response from Hartford residents seeking to make a difference their community.”
Mayor Bronin encourages all interested in applying to submit their application and required documentation online at PoliceApp.com/HartfordCT, in person, or by mail to the City of Hartford, Human Resources Department, 550 Main Street, Room 3, Hartford, CT 06103.
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.
MAYOR BRONIN DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING BAN
HARTFORD, CONN. (February 11, 2017) – Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has declared a snow emergency parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and ending at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017.
"Right now, we are expecting between four and eight inches of snow, from midday Sunday through Sunday night. The Department of Public Works is monitoring the storm and preparing plowing operations, and they've been working throughout the day today to make sure we are ready for the next round," said Mayor Luke Bronin. “A parking ban will allow us to get the streets cleared, and it is essential that everyone respects the parking ban so that our DPW team can work safely and effectively.”
During a snow parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. Any vehicles not removed from City streets by the start of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed. Residents without access to off-street parking may move their vehicles to one of the authorized parking areas including Blue Light Lots, City Parks, Recreation and Senior Centers, and Hartford District School Parking Lots before the start of the parking ban.
Blue lights have been installed at 16 major intersections. The lights will be illuminated 6 hours before a parking ban takes effect and will remain illuminated throughout the duration of the parking ban. Seven “Blue Light Lots” have been identified and dedicated solely for use during snow emergency parking bans. These newly designated “Blue Light Lots” will provide more parking options for residents who do not have access to off-street parking.
Mayor Bronin also encouraged residents to sign up to receive alerts from the City of Hartford by registering online at http://www.hartford.gov/emergency-services. “We’re not going to overuse this alert system, and you can always decide to unsubscribe. But we encourage you to sign up so that you can get timely, important information about what’s happening in the City – including parking bans.”
To avoid being ticketed and towed, please move all on street cars to the following list of authorized parking areas:
for a list of snow emergency parking locations, and for information regarding towed vehicles.
STATE’S CHILD ADVOCATE RELEASES REPORT REGARDING HANDLING OF ALLEGATIONS AGAINST FORMER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR; REPORT ALSO EXAMINES SCHOOL DISTRICT’S POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT
Mayor, Schools Superintendent say the report is a “scathing indictment of a system that needs to be overhauled immediately.”
HARTFORD, CONN (Feb. 10, 2017) – Sarah Eagan, the State’s Child Advocate, today released a report that is the product of a nine-month review of the policy, procedures and practices of the Hartford Public Schools (HPS) District with regard to mandated reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect. The report was conducted at the request of Mayor Luke Bronin, following the arrest of a high-ranking HPS administrator, Eduardo Genao, for felony Risk of Injury to a child, and after public concerns were reported regarding HPS’ executive/s possible knowledge of a prior reported concern about a “director” employed by HPS engaged in “inappropriate contact” with a child. Mayor Bronin asked the State's Child Advocate (OCA) to become involved in the matter when details of the allegations first came to light in April 2016.
In addition to a review of the specific allegations against Mr. Genao, Mayor Bronin asked Child Advocate Eagan to undertake a comprehensive review of the policies, procedures and practices of the Hartford Public School District regarding mandated reporting of suspected abuse or neglect, as well as its policies and practices regarding compliance with federal Title IX obligations.
“This report reveals a decade-long failure to protect children in our schools, and the Board of Education and District leaders must take immediate, aggressive steps to fix it,” said Mayor Luke Bronin. “This is about kids’ safety and wellbeing, and I’m outraged at the level of dysfunction and lack of accountability that has apparently existed for many years. I’m grateful to the Child Advocate for agreeing to conduct this review, and I’ve made clear to District leaders that this needs to be priority number one.”
Hartford’s Acting Superintendent, Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez also expressed anger and disappointment over the findings of the Child Advocate, describing it as “an urgent call to action for the Hartford Public Schools to make fundamental changes.”
According to Attorney Eagan, key findings from the report—developed after extensive review of District and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) child welfare records, as well as interviews with a number of individuals with knowledge of District practices, include:
1) The school District did not regularly review and update its mandated reporting policy as legally required;
2) Training of mandated reporters was inadequate;
3) Mandated reporters sometimes failed to make reports concerning suspicion that school employees have neglected or abused a child;
4) DCF did not have a system in place to efficiently document, track and address either the failure to make mandated reports or delays in mandated reporting;
5) School employees who engaged in misconduct were not effectively held accountable; and,
6) There exists a special vulnerability for children with disabilities to possible abuse or neglect.
The full report can be found on OCA websites at http://www.ct.gov/oca/site/default.asp
“I deeply appreciate that Mayor Bronin invited the OCA—an independent watchdog agency—to review the District’s compliance with state laws regarding mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect. OCA’s findings regarding the District’s historical non-compliance and haphazard attention to state laws intended to protect children are grave and deeply disturbing. That these problems persisted in the wake of a 2010 joint report by the OCA and Attorney General’s Office should serve as a call to action for every school District to examine its practices with regard to child safety. The willingness of city and District leaders to examine these findings and create a comprehensive action plan on behalf of children and families is a critical first step towards improving the safety net for students and I encourage all school Districts to ensure their mandatory reporting policies, but most importantly, actual practices on behalf of children, are reliable and effective. OCA is committed to assisting the city in its efforts moving ahead, emphasizing that all efforts must prioritize independent review, transparency, accountability and partnership with the families.”
To that end, Acting School Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez has conferred with the Child Advocate and has prepared a draft action plan to present to the Board of Education for its consideration and action. Dr. Torres-Rodriguez vowed to work closely with the Board of Education and the Administration to “comprehensively and quickly fix” the failings in the system identified by the Child Advocate’s report.
“Today we are announcing a series of steps we will begin taking immediately to correct the problems the Child Advocate uncovered in her review as well as a comprehensive draft action plan for the Board’s review and adoption,” said Dr. Torres-Rodriguez. “I want to thank the Child Advocate for the work she and her staff have done; she’s provided a roadmap for us to follow as the Board of Education and the Administration work together to overhaul this system to protect the children in our schools.”
The Draft Action Plan can be found here: http://www.hartfordschools.org/ActionPlan
“I want every relative of every schoolchild in Hartford to know that I will not rest until this system is fixed,” vowed Dr. Torres-Rodriguez.