(March 10, 2016) On Monday, March 14 at 5 p.m., Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will deliver the State of the City address to the Court of Common Council at Hartford’s City Hall. The event is open to the public.
Overflow seating and a live video projection will be available in the Hartford Public Library’s Center for Contemporary Culture. Hartford Public Access Television (HPATV) will broadcast live on Comcast Channel 96, Frontier Channel 99, and will stream live online here.
WHO: Mayor Bronin
WHAT: State of the City Address
WHEN: Monday, March 14; 5 p.m.
WHERE: City Hall, 550 Main Street, Hartford
**NOTE: Additional seating and live video projection will be available in the Hartford Public Library’s Center for Contemporary Culture at 500 Main Street, Hartford.
(March 7, 2016) Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Police Chief James Rovella announced that the City of Hartford is currently accepting applications to join the Hartford Police Department (HPD). The application period, which opened this month, will close Friday, May 27, 2016.
“As we work to strengthen our police force and deal with a staffing shortage, we urge Hartford residents interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement to apply,” Mayor Bronin said. “We hope to bring on a class of recruits this fall, and Recruiting Officers in the Hartford Police Department stand ready to help residents navigate the application process.”
Chief Rovella said, “This is another vital step towards staffing the Hartford Police Department to appropriate levels. But it requires community participation. We need more city residents who are already a part of this community to apply. It’s critical for Hartford residents to invest in the future of our city.”
Under supervision, Police Officers perform law enforcement duties involving the protection of life and property, the prevention of crime, and the apprehension of crime suspects in addition to performing public service duties involving non-criminal calls for service and the preservation of peace within the community.
Eligibility requirements include a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license, and U.S. citizenship. Applicants must pass a pre-enrollment written exam and oral interview, agility testing, and a background investigation.
The current recruitment period is open to new recruits, applicants who are Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) certified by the State of Connecticut, and applicants who have worked as a police officer but are not currently POST-certified who have completed at least two years of full-time employment as an officer and have not had more than three years' separation from a law enforcement unit.
Police Officer applications are accepted online at www.PoliceApp.com/HartfordCT.
(March 3, 2016) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin released the following statement concerning An Act Increasing The Minimum Fair Wage, H.B. 5370, which is being debated this evening by the State Legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee. The proposed legislation would raise the wage, incrementally, to $15 per hour by 2022.
“No individual or family should work more than forty hours a week and live in poverty,” Mayor Bronin said. “A fair wage is the right thing to do for workers and an important part of creating an economy that works for everyone.”
(February 25, 2016) Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin hosted his second monthly town hall. Speaking with residents gathered at Hartford Public High School, the Mayor stressed the importance of hiring police officers to address the crisis in police staffing, using new technology to modernize the police force, and engaging the community more directly.
“Our most fundamental responsibility is to help keep our streets and neighborhoods safe,” Mayor Bronin said. “That starts with addressing the crisis in police staffing, but we also need to take full advantage of new technology and build even stronger partnerships with residents and community leaders.”
The Hartford Police Department is currently more than 100 officers below the staffing level recommended by independent consultants. Earlier this month, the Mayor accelerated the hiring of a new Police Academy class, consisting of 14 recruits and a Cadet from HPD’s restructured Cadet Program for city residents. The HPD has established a Recruiting Unit to assist in improving the recruitment of city residents and increase the diversity of the police force.
On Wednesday, Hartford unveiled a new Real-Time Crime and Data Intelligence Center to improve city policing and prevent criminal activity in the Greater Hartford region by taking advantage of new technology. The new crime center will help law enforcement make smart, targeted, timely arrests to get the most violent individuals off the street.
The Mayor stressed the importance of engaging the community in new ways to solve problems and generate ideas to tackle violence. In particular, he discussed the City’s plan to open Compstat meetings to the public, including the leaders of the faith community. At Compstat meetings, police share data and information about trends in criminal activity throughout the city.
While laying out the three pillars of staffing, modernization and community engagement as keys to the law enforcement strategy, Mayor Bronin noted that law enforcement is only a part of the public safety equation. “As we continue to strengthen law enforcement efforts, we also need to recognize that public safety is about much more than law enforcement. That’s why we’re going to continue to focus on expanding youth employment, combatting blight, cleaning up our neighborhoods, and building partnerships to help residents with criminal records get a real second chance,” the Mayor said.
“The single most powerful tool for reducing crime in our city is to give Hartford’s young people opportunities for meaningful employment,” the Mayor added. “I am committed to establishing a Youth Service Corps. where members will have the chance to earn a paycheck while serving their community, whether it’s fixing up blighted properties or helping seniors with their homes.”
Mayor Bronin has committed to holding monthly town halls in different neighborhoods around Hartford. He hosted a January town hall addressing his administration’s priorities and his first 30 days in office.