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MAYOR BRONIN, CITY LEADERS ANNOUNCE PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVES, EXTENDED SUMMER RECREATION HOURS, COMMUNITY MEETINGS

MAYOR BRONIN, CITY LEADERS ANNOUNCE PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVES, EXTENDED SUMMER RECREATION HOURS, COMMUNITY MEETINGS

 

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.  

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THIS WEEKEND: 40,000 FREE BOOKS & HPL SUMMER LEARNING KICK-OFF

THIS WEEKEND: 40,000 FREE BOOKS & HPL SUMMER LEARNING KICK-OFF

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 summer.hplct.org.

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LIME LAUNCHES BIKESHARE PILOT IN HARTFORD

LIME LAUNCHES BIKESHARE PILOT IN HARTFORD

HARTFORD, CONN (June 6, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that Lime, a leading U.S. smart mobility company, is officially launching a bikeshare pilot program in Hartford.  Lime provides affordable, dock-free pedal bikes to cities and college campuses across the United States, and Hartford will be their first city in Connecticut.  Lime is coming to Hartford at no cost to the city.

“Bringing this bikeshare pilot program to Hartford is part of our overall effort to make Hartford a more accessible, bike-friendly city – and also a greener, more sustainable city,” said Mayor Bronin.  “LikeBikes will make it easy to get around Hartford quickly and conveniently, and I’m excited for Lime’s launch here in Hartford.”

Lime will be placing 300 of their bicycles throughout Hartford today and tomorrow, initially stationing them at hot spots they’ve identified across the city.  Residents can download the Lime app, pick up a bike, ride at a rate of $1 for every 30 minutes, and lock and leave the bike anywhere for someone else to pick up.  All LimeBikes are GPS and 3-G enabled, allowing riders to find nearby bikes using the app.  Watch a tutorial here.

“Lime will dramatically increase Hartford’s access to affordable, sustainable mobility,” said Darrin Rees, Lime’s Hartford Operations Manager. “As a Hartford resident for nearly 22 years, I have seen a lot of changes to the City over time, but I am extremely excited about this change that will have such a positive impact on the community. I look forward to continuing our work with the City and the local Lime team to ensure a successful and equitable program.”  

The Lime Access program, which includes a text-to-unlock feature and discounted rates, is available for residents without smartphones and who are enrolled in a state or federal assistance programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  Lime Access members can purchase 100, 30-minute rides for just $5.  

In recent years, the City of Hartford has been a leader in regional efforts to improve bike infrastructure, bike policy and education, and affordable access to bikes.  In 2016, the City adopted an award-winning zoning code that required bicycle parking, commuter showers for large office buildings, and street profiles that incorporated bike lanes.  Later that year, the City Council adopted a Complete Streets policy, which enables and requires streets designed, operated, and maintained to ensure safe travel for users of all ages and abilities, whether they are walking, bicycling, driving, or taking transit.

Mayor Bronin has designated a Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, who convenes a monthly Complete Streets Working Group, made up of City staff, regional officials, nonprofits, and private entities.  This group works with the City’s Office of Sustainability to achieve the transportation-related goals of Hartford’s Climate Action Plan, online at www.hartford.gov/climate.   For its efforts, Hartford has been named a Bike-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists and has received state and federal funding for new bike trails, safety initiatives, and other programs.  

About Lime

Lime is revolutionizing mobility in cities and campuses by empowering residents with a greener, more efficient, and affordable transportation option that also improves urban sustainability. By partnering with local key stakeholders and systematically deploying a fleet of smart-bikes and scooters that are enabled with GPS, wireless technology, and self-activating locks, Lime will dramatically improve urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster, cheaper, and healthier for riders. Since launching in June 2017, the company has logged over million trips, expanded internationally to Europe, and deployed electric scooters, electric-assist bikes, and multiple models of their standard pedal bike. Funded by Silicon Valley's leading VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, Lime is based in San Mateo, CA. Learn more at limebike.com.

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