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$17 Million Upgrade Underway at Prison The Hartford Community Correctional Center on Weston Street is being upgraded to make it more secure and improve the living and working conditions for inmates and prison staff. Prison officials said the expansion and renovations come in response to the prison's growing population, the availability of improved technology and years of wear and tear. Their plan is to make the facility, built in the mid-1970s, comply with modern-day requirements. Learn more in this October 11, 2004 Hartford Courant article. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 11, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/PrisonerRe-entry/htfd_courant_101104.asp Related Link(s): Connecticut Department of Correction: Hartford Correctional Center

2002 Study Raises Concern Over State's Quality of Life Connecticut's quality of life index rating in 2002 was 64 out of a possible 100, down from a high of 65 in 2001, according to a study by the Fordham Institute for Innovation in Social Policy (FIISP). Other findings include significant gains in some areas and noticeable losses in others. The institute has been studying Connecticut's quality of life by looking at statistics in 11 social problem areas each year since 1970. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_042005.asp Related Link(s): Fordham Institute for Innovation in Social Policy ; State of Connecticut Commission on Children ; The Social State of Connecticut 2004 (Full report - 84 pages, PDF document)

2009 Safe City Overview In this year-end report, the Hartford Police Department reports that serious crime has declined slightly in 2009, although aggravated assault and burglary increased significantly. (PDF document, 19 pages) Published by Hartford Police Department ; Publication Date: January 11, 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/crime/2009_Safe_City_Overview.pdf

A 2nd Killing Outside Bar After the second fatal shooting this month outside Up Or On The Rocks, a downtown Hartford night spot, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra is calling for more police in bars and a change in a state law allowing 18-and-over parties in nightclubs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 31, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_083113.asp

A Better Prison For Connecticut Teenagers The Connecticut Juvenile Training School is the topic of this editorial. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 8, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_020805.asp Related Link(s): Rell Proposed Closing Training School

A City Officer Faces Arrest A grand jury investigation has called for the arrest of Robert Lawlor, a police officer who shot and killed Jashon Bryant in the North End. The investigation's finding represented a small victory in the ongoing effort to improve the often-fractured relationship between Hartford police and the city's African American community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_051706.asp

A Cleanup Will Help Fight Crime Columnist Stan Simpson suggests that until the city gets a cohesive plan to tackle quality of life issues in Hartford's neighborhoods, the incidence of crime won't change, even if there is a spike in arrests. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 16, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_021605.asp Related Link(s): Crime Beware, Comstat is Here ; Police Report for the City of Hartford

A Community in Mourning In this tribute to Hartford Police Department Chief Daryl Roberts, who recently announced his retirement, the author hopes that the Chief’s leaving will not negatively impact the growing trust between the police and the community. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 01, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_news_100111.asp

A Corrosive Quality Of Life This article presents one person’s opinion about public safety in Hartford. Hartford's pathetic response to crime is nothing if not consistent. For decades the city has suffered horrific crimes, followed by bizarre statements from public officials, ending in a flurry of heartfelt inaction. But these periodic sprees mask the true problem in Hartford, and it is not serious crime. It is the tolerance of elected officials for the inappropriate behaviors that occur daily throughout the city. It is this tolerance that has infected Hartford and is choking the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_061208_1.asp

A Courthouse Rally? Why Not Rally Together? Helen Ubiñas writes about a rally in support of Hartford police held recently at Hartford Superior Court. A suited-up police union President Richard Rodriguez delivered a prepared speech about the dangers of being an officer, the need for tougher penalties for those who assault them and, more important, respect for those men and women in blue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 03, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_120309.asp

A Crime-Fighting Overture For years, the drunks and drug dealers and hookers who hang out at Hartford's Barnard Park have been all but oblivious to the city's efforts to get them to leave. But now the people who live and work nearby are turning to a new weapon in their effort to reclaim the park. Classical music. A small band of neighbors is working with the police department to enlist Beethoven, Brahms and Vivaldi in their campaign to clean up one of the city's most notoriously abused public spaces. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 4, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_030406.asp

A Day Of Sobering Tributes Mothers United Against Violence urged the city of Hartford to get behind the anti-violence campaigns and to work to make their streets safer as residents mourn the loss of those who have fallen victim to gun violence in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_061205.asp

A Death In Putnam Heights Recently a burglary at 124 Park Terrace became deadly. Threatened by a pair of intruders when he entered his house, the owner who had been renovating the house grabbed a knife and fatally stabbed one of them in the chest, police said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 9, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_060907.asp

A Good Idea, But A Costly One The recent groundbreaking of a new public safety complex will result in economic development and neighborhood renewal. And a consolidated downtown presence of police, fire and emergency medical personnel should make for more responsive departments and allay fears that the city is unsafe. But alarms should also be sounding about the cost - now projected at $77 million, almost double what voters approved at a November 2000 referendum. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_071807.asp

A Good Year? Daryl Roberts entered his sixth month as Hartford’s police chief recently, and it looks like he has some cause for celebration. So far in 2006, the number of serious crimes in the city is down 5.4 percent from the same time last year and 17 percent from two years ago. Crime has been down each month since Roberts took over in July from former chief Patrick Harnett, but the statistics aren’t all good. Over the full year through November, figures for violent crime have been mixed. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 14, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_advocate_121406.asp

A Greater Hartford Starts With Caring Ted Carroll, president of Leadership Greater Hartford for 22 years, expresses the opinion that building community — making our world safer, more virtuous and more joyful for all of us — begins with personal connections and commitments. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_062508.asp

A Little TLC Mixed With Some OMG; Dispatches From Garden Street Three of Hartford's 20 homicides this year have occurred on Garden Street; another six nearby. Courant columnist Helen Ubinas and photographer Rick Hartford spend the week in and around the North End neighborhood talking to residents about living in, and surviving, one of Hartford's tougher neighborhoods. Here are excerpts from her blog from Monday, August 3, 2009, reporting past all the clichés and stereotypes and misconceptions of this North End neighborhood where Taylor Lewis lives. Taylor and her neighbors lovingly tend to their Habitat for Humanity homes - and gardens that would make any master gardener envious. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 04, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_080409.asp

A Man With Dreams, Now Silenced Robert Banks Jr. of East Windsor died Friday, May 6, 2005 at St. Francis Hospital. He was shot in the wake of an intimidation campaign against a family that has agreed to testify in a murder case. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 12, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_051205.asp

A Memorial To Murdered Youth Denis Barone proposes a Memorial to the Murdered Youth of Hartford. The purpose of this memorial would be to remember and acknowledge that the murdered young people of Hartford are part of America, and by that acknowledgement and remembrance to create a sense of belonging for the surviving youths. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 22, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_012206.asp

A Mom Mourns Again The youngest of Rhonia Green’s four sons, 18-year-old Oshane, died early on the morning of December 26, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, shot twice in the chest after a momentary altercation with a stranger in a grungy takeout joint on North Main Street. She lost another son to gun violence in Hartford on Labor Day weekend in 2003. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_122907.asp

A New Brand Of Justice When students arrested for underage drinking first appear in her courtroom, Superior Court Judge E. Curtissa Cofield, serving in Hartford Community Court, gives one month to those who agreed to her lesson plan to complete a homework assignment, which include reading "From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking," or "Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood" and writing an essay. They must also successfully fulfill community service assignments. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 28, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_042807.asp

A Peaceful Day On Martin Street Violence over the past several years has kept some residents of the North End neighborhood in Hartford in self-imposed lockdown. People have been killed and wounded, gunshots have peppered apartment buildings, and thugs are still too easily armed. But community activists, police officers and residents who gathered for a day of summer fun say there are people on Martin Street who work two or three jobs, want to live peacefully and want to give their kids a better life. The good news, according to residents and police, is that the violent atmosphere has calmed a bit. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 30, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_073006.asp

A Pledge to Value Their Lives Local efforts to educate school children about gangs and guns are described. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 5, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_020505.asp

A Proposed Ordinance Would Put New Limits On How City Police Conduct Searches and Launch Investigations Civil rights activists rallied recently in support of the anti-racial-profiling ordinance proposed by Hartford City Council Minority Leader Luis E. Cotto that would limit the power of police to target private citizens for stops, frisks, interrogations, searches and arrests. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 22, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_112210.asp

A Seething Feud: A Violent Neighborhood Dispute Started As A Rumor Over A Stolen Bicycle A violent feud between rival groups of boys and young men living in the Nelton Court area and those living along Albany Avenue near Vine Street continues in the new year. At least nine young Hartford residents have been shot and four more have been stabbed because of the feud. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 2, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_01_02_05.asp

A Speck Of Scum Flows Into Progress Stan Simpson remarks on the daytime carjacking and shooting outside a religious school at one of the safest spots in North Hartford. The corner of Woodland Street and Albany Avenue is home to three community icons in the Upper Albany district - The Artists Collective; The Hartford-Area Seventh Adventist School and The Collin Bennett building. All provide numerous services and programs, including those for young people. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_111905_a.asp

A Study of Reconviction Rates of Discharged Inmates from the Connecticut Department of Correction This draft report presents the findings of a recidivism study of all inmates that were discharged from DOC facilities or supervision in 2000. The present study assessed reconviction rates by utilizing data collected electronically from the Department of Correction and the Connecticut Judicial Branch. Of the 9,501 inmates released during 2000, 87% of them were found to have court records following their release. The overall reconviction rate was 39%. (PDF document, 13 pages). Published by Connecticut Department of Corrections ; Publication Date: April 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/crime/recidivismstudy.pdf

A Success Story Rings Hollow Skepticism about the purported success of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School abounds while Donald Devore shares examples of its turnaround during a juvenile justice seminar. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 5, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_060505.asp Related Link(s): Rell Proposes Closing Training School ; A Better Prison For Connecticut Teenagers

A Teen Remembered Throngs of young teenagers, some in sweat shirts, more in their Sunday best, were asked not to leave their grief at the door of Victory Cathedral, where they gathered Saturday to mourn their friend Kerry B. Foster Jr. Kerry, 15, was shot and killed recently on the porch of his parents' Hartford home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 4, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_060406.asp

A Tip For Police? Text It During a string of shootings and other violence in Hartford in recent months, Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts said one of the biggest obstacles to finding the offenders was the fear and reluctance of residents to come forward. Recently, state and city police introduced a new, yet simple tool that Roberts and other members of law enforcement hope will bring more cooperation from the public: text messaging. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 29, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_072908.asp

A Year After Violence Rang Out, West Indian Parade To Make Some Changes It's been a year since the parade celebrating West Indian independence wound its way up Main Street to the Windsor town line, wrapping up a week of food and celebration. It's also been a year since a relative of the city's police chief was killed and six juveniles were wounded by gunfire just as the parade ended. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 07, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_080709_1.asp

Acting Hartford Police Chief Has New Plan To Fight Violent Crime After nine months of fighting crime as head of the Hartford Shooting Task Force, James Rovella, now the city's acting police chief, is broadening his efforts. He's developed a new plan to help combat violence and address quality-of-life issues citywide. The effort is intended to build on the success of the shooting task force, which is credited in large part with a 50 percent reduction in homicides and an 8 percent drop in shootings over figures reported at this point last year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 06, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_050612.asp

Activist Hosts Panel Looking at City-Suburb Drug Trade Cornell Lewis, a Hartford resident and preacher, hosted a free, public discussion in Simsbury about the drug trade and its effects on his home city. The discussion, an "Urban Suburban Dialogue," concerned the connections between the suburbs and the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 17, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_091705.asp

Admired Hartford Officer Donald Healey Leaving Force Hartford Police Officer Donald Healey, 72, retired recently after 50 years with the Hartford Police Department. He is believed by Hartford officials to be the longest-serving police officer in the nation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 23, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_112307.asp

After Winning Civil Suit, Ex-Hartford Cop Robert Murtha Wants Job Back Former Hartford police Officer Robert Murtha wants his job back. He expressed those sentiments and a feeling of happiness recently over a judge's decision to award him nearly $580,000 in damages in his civil lawsuit against the city. The next step, he says, is to remove the word former from his occupation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 26, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_022610.asp

Alarms Raised On Youth Crimes Anyone doubting an increase in youth crime and violence in Connecticut over the past year need only peek into the cellblocks of the John R. Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire. The number of incarcerated 16-year-old boys has increased by more than 60 percent since 2002, Mary Marcial, a deputy commissioner for the state Department of Correction, said during a recent symposium on youth safety at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 10, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_011007.asp

All-Night Problems Hartford city leaders are out to clean up the 24-hour convenience stores they say are all-night drug establishments and a plague on Hartford's neighborhoods. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 14, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_advocate_061407.asp

America's Safest and Most Dangerous Cities Excerpts from "City Crime Rankings, 11th Edition" by Morgan Quitno Press. Hartford's crime ranking, and specific rates for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft are included. Previous year's rankings, methodology and more information is available at the Morgan Quitno web site. (2003 Data) Published by Morgan Quitno Press ; Publication Date: October 2004
Document Link: /issues/wsd/crime/crime_cities.asp Related Link(s): More information on Hartford

An Anti-Racial-Profiling Law Gets Another Chance In 2012 There's a certain Catch-22 aspect to Connecticut's impotent anti-racial-profiling law. It's never worked, but simply because this 12-year-old state statute exists, local cities and towns can't enact their own local anti-profiling ordinances. A bill in this year's legislature to actually force law enforcement to report racial statistics on who gets stopped for searches or traffic violations was shunted into oblivion, in part because of the ongoing fiscal crisis. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 14, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/immigrants/htfd_advocate_121411.asp

An Assault On Men Of Color Rev. Cornell Lewis comments on the false accusations of a white woman that a black man had sexually assaulted her in Bushnell Park last fall. He argues that her falsehood was an assault on men of color. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 21, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_012107.asp

An Evening Of Fun For A Serious Cause In its 24th year, National Night Out is designed to heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The event was celebrated in hundreds of cities and towns across the country, 20 in Connecticut. In Hartford, celebrations were recently held at four sites. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 8, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_080807.asp

An Independent Review: City of Hartford, Connecticut Police Department Internal Affairs Division This report, produced by Marcum LLP, is an independent review of the operations of the Hartford Police Department Internal Affairs Division. Marcum was retained by Saundra Kee Borges, Corporation Counsel of the City of Hartford. This version of the report was published in the Hartford Courant, and downloaded from the Hartford Courant website. (PDF document, 81 pages) Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Crime/CTfinalreport092111.pdf

Angel Arce Torres' Death And A Hit-And-Run Arrest Rekindle Hartford's Apathy Debate Nearly a year after the hit-and-run, the arrest of a suspect in the hit and run case which took the life of Angel Arce Torres has reignited the collective conversation begun after the accident, centering on whether the public's reaction would differ today. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_051609.asp

Another Chance To Make Good Helen Ubiñas relays the story of a young man given a second chance in gun court by a prosecutor who may have taken a harder line. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 19, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_081906.asp

Another Police Substation on Main Street? Though it only takes seconds for the police to reach Main and Asylum from the current substation across from the Hartford Public Library, a new substation was approved across from a major bus stop. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: September 22, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/realhtfd_092211.asp

Anti-Violence Rally Set For Site of Man's Slaying An anti-violence rally will be held May 17th at 5 PM at 161 Martin Street, where an 18 year-old man was shot May 14th. The rally will address the mounting tension and youth violence in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_051705.asp

ANYWHERE: Child Brings Weapon to School If you search the internet for weapons in Connecticut schools, the first stories that appear are mostly related to the recent incident involving a student at the Latino Academy at Burns Elementary School. But, a little searching of the Connecticut State Department of Education website indicates that the incident at Burns Elementary was in fact blown out of proportion by the media. Numbers of incidents state-wide tell us is that youth across the state make bad decisions. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: November 20, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/realhtfd_112010.asp

Appeals Court To Hear Case Of Acquitted Hartford Cop A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in the case of a retired Hartford police officer who sued a former state prosecutor after being acquitted of manslaughter in an on-duty shooting death. Former Officer Robert Lawlor's case is scheduled to go before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_052912.asp

Arguments From Death Row Seven inmates — white, black and Hispanic — have claimed in court papers that there is racial and geographic disparity in the meting out of capital felony charges and the death penalty. For three hours at Northern Correctional Institution, the inmates’ attorneys argued against dismissal of their challenge to the fairness of the death penalty. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 14, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_121407.asp

Arrest Made In Rape Claim A woman who recanted a story that she had been raped by an unknown black man in Hartford's Bushnell Park was arrested and appeared in Hartford Superior Court on a charge of filing a false police report. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_012407.asp

Arrest Of Rape Accuser Opens Wounds The arrest this week of a white woman on charges of filing a false rape complaint against an unidentified black man has put two groups already accustomed to prejudice and misconceptions at odds. On one side are rape victims and their advocates. On the other side are members of the African American community who are equally certain that not making an arrest would perpetuate false stereotypes of black men. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 25, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_012507.asp

Arresting Developments A report by the American Civil Liberties Union indicates some school districts with sworn police officers — known as school resource officers — may be providing security at the expense of their core mission. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 29, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_112908.asp

As Segarra Picks Police Chief, Some Question The Process Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra says that a months-long public process has produced three finalists for police chief. But, Segarra also says he may still choose someone else. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 06, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/jcohen_070612.asp

As Segarra's Deadline Passes, Hartford's Rovella Still Isn't Permanent Chief Recently, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said acting Police Chief James Rovella would become permanent chief. All that was left was a background check. But, the check isn't done -- and Rovella hasn't been sworn in. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 18, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/jcohen_071812.asp

As Shootings Spike, City Works On A Response While mounting a campaign for his first full term, Mayor Pedro Segarra has put a strong emphasis on crime, particularly the escalating gun violence that contributed to the 21 homicides this year. The city's solution to the spike in shootings this summer has been to forge a stronger working relationship with the Hartford state's attorney, chief state's attorney and state police, among other agencies, in creating a shooting task force. The task force became active July 5, 2011 and has made at least 14 arrests in connection with shooting incidents, Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 08, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_080811.asp

Assault On Hartford Youth Worker Is Attack On Decency Itself Carl Hardrick, aka Brother Carl, has devoted most his adult life to helping young people in Hartford's most challenged neighborhoods. He's negotiated gang truces, intervened in knife fights, coached basketball, visited the homes of troubled teenagers. Anything to help. That makes what happened recently all the more frustrating. The 72-year-old Hardrick was walking home when he was jumped and badly beaten by five or six youths who were attempting to rob him. They ended up stealing his glasses. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 05, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_080513.asp

Assault Still Haunts Trinity As Trinity College students were packing to return to school in late August, president James F. Jones Jr. was sending an email to the Trinity community outlining several steps the school was taking to improve campus security. The highlight was the hiring of former New Haven police chief and Yale University security director Francisco Ortiz, by all accounts an excellent choice to head campus security. Other measures include a study of campus security, more training for campus police officers, more bicycle officers and the hiring of a private security firm to augment the campus police force. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 07, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_090712.asp

Assistant Chief Is Set To Leave Hartford Assistant Police Chief Mark R. Pawlina has accepted the job of Police Chief in Chatham, Mass., on Cape Cod. While he won't resign until his hiring becomes official, he said he expects to leave by Christmas. Pawlina made his mark in Hartford by the way he reached out to people, even strangers, in different parts of the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 18, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_111805.asp

Assistant Chief To Take Charge Assistant Chief Brian Heavren has been named the city's acting police chief, replacing Daryl K. Roberts, who retired recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 30, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_123011.asp

At Forum On Gun Violence, Legislators Ask Hartford Residents For Solutions Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, was not the only mother with a grieving heart who spoke at a recent forum on gun violence. But Marquez-Greene, who grew up in Hartford, knows that the public outpouring over her loss has dwarfed the reaction to deadly shootings on city streets. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_022713_1.asp

At Hartford Forum On Unsolved Homicides, All Agree That Community Must Help Law Enforcement Residents, police and community activists gathered recently for a forum on unsolved city homicides. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_012913.asp

At Meeting, Weaver Students Tell of Violence Weaver High students shared their experiences and opinions on youth violence in Hartford at Harvard Divinity School in Boston at a conference called "Young People and Social Justice: Planting the Seeds for Change." They blame troubled youth for the problems, and think that the City of Hartford should do more to turn things around. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 10, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_041005_a.asp

Battle Brewing On Juvenile Justice Connecticut police chiefs say a proposal to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to be treated as juveniles in the criminal justice system would hinder investigations and potentially cost towns money. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 28, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_022807.asp

Battling Back On Park Street It is the street that gave the world a view of Hartford as a city gone wild, where out-of-control motorists can blindside an elderly pedestrian in broad daylight while onlookers stand by and watch callously. But Julio Mendoza says the image of Park Street that has been replayed countless times on televi¬sion news shows and over the Internet during the past week doesn't represent the street he has worked to improve for more than a decade. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_061208.asp

Beating Guns Into Nonlethal Gift Cards A surgeon to whom the victims of gunfire are delivered for repair comments that guns never take a holiday. He advocates the gun exchange which gives out gift cards in exchange for guns. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 04, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_120409.asp

Bedford Looks Good, For Now The city finally cleaned up Bedford Street -- one of its most neglected, filthiest, drug-riddled streets. The Albany Avenue entrance to Bedford Street is framed by a package store on one side and the former Frontline Café night club, which the federal government recently busted for being part of a international drug ring, on the other. Residents and property owners blame each other for the problems. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_071605.asp

Behind Hartford's Declining Crime Stats Helen Ubinas writes It took a while. But it seems that Hartford's brass has finally learned better than to step in front of the media touting declining crime stats. Especially when the city rang in the new year with a double homicide. Serious crime in 2010, including homicides, was down. But Police Chief Daryl Roberts and Mayor Pedro Segarra quickly added, numbers - even good ones -- don't tell the whole story. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 05, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_010511.asp

Bid To Return Officer's Case To Grand Jury Fails The lawyer for a Hartford police officer awaiting trial on manslaughter charges recently failed to get his client's case returned to a grand jury for reconsideration. Attorney Michael Georgetti argued in Hartford Superior Court that the grand jury did not hear vital exculpatory evidence that may have prevented a recommendation that charges be brought against Hartford police Det. Robert Lawlor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_061407.asp

Bike Patrol Officer In Hartford Says He's Visible - And Stealthy Miguel Maldonado enjoys being a bicycle patrol officer because it gives him visibility most of the time and in times of need — stealth. Maldonado, a Hartford Police Department community service officer who covers the Frog Hollow neighborhood, says that being on a bike makes it easier for him to interact with business owners and pedestrians as he pedals the streets and sidewalks. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 03, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_100310.asp

Billy Kearns, A Cops Cop, Dies At 86 Billy Kearns was "a cop's cop." That's how a former police chief described him when he retired from the Hartford Police Department in 1984. William Kearns, who spent 32 years with the city department, died Sunday, February 3, 2013 in East Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 08, 2013
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Blaming Hartford Means Not Having to Examine Our Own Behaviors Sadly, another person has been killed after being hit by a vehicle. Instead of holding responsible the driver, the anonymous loudmouths who comment on most Courant articles have placed the blame on Hartford, Obama, and various ethnic groups. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: March 29, 2010
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Boston Activist Explains Urban Campaign The HOPE Community Development Corporation, a West End faith-based civic group has invited the Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III to bring his National Ten Point Leadership campaign to Hartford. The Harvard-educated Pentecostal minister met with West End church leaders, civic leaders, activists and a representative of the police department in a strategy meeting to see if the concept would work here. In Boston where he first introduced it in some of the toughest neighborhoods a decade ago, violent crime plummeted 62 percent and there were no youth homicides in 23 months. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 23, 2005
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Boy's Shooting Highlights Risks For Some Hartford Families The family of a Hartford boy, Carlton "D.J." Forbes Jr., who was shot recently warns that the nature of urban violence makes anyone on the street vulnerable. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 26, 2006
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Braking Motorcycle Mayhem Helen Ubiñas expresses the opinion that the city of Hartford needs to address illegal operation of motorcycles. Throwing your hands up and handing over Hartford to a bunch of lawless motorists who are putting everyone's life at risk is unacceptable. She suggests giving out some hefty fines to riders driving illegally, impounding a few bikes, and sending a clear message that the city is done tolerating this nonsense. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 28, 2007
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Bring Back Civility In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the craven cretins who put Angel Arce Torres on a respirator for the rest of his life and Nick Carbone in intensive care have done more than hurt two elderly, defenseless, good-hearted men. They have brought ignominy on the capital city and the state. They've set back a decade of hard work by thousands of people to make Hartford a welcoming community. The people of this city can't let the criminals ruin it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2008
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Bring Crack Penalties Into Line Bolstered by grassroot and lobby group support, legislators recently approved an amendment to a drug law that many think is unfair. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 19, 2005
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Bring Drug Penalties Into Line Members of the General Assembly have approved a bill with a vote of 95-52 in the House of Representatives and a 21-15 vote in the Senate that raises the amount of possession of crack cocaine to an ounce to merit arrest. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_052405.asp Related Link(s): House Tackles Drug Law Disparities ; Rell Vetoes Crack Change: Opposes Balancing Cocaine Sentencing

Bringing Police Stations Back Downtown Hartford and New Britain are hoping for increased security as each city opens a new downtown police station this fall. With some luck and good planning, both of the new facilities should be major building blocks in their respective city centers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 01, 2012
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Broken Bail System Doesn't Protect Public In this opinion piece, the author expresses the opinion that when bail is posted for a third of the legally required rate, the state is not properly indemnified, deterrence to re-offend is reduced and public safety is put at risk. This problem was outlined in a 2003 Legislative Program Review and Investigation report, which found that in addition to illegal undercutting or rebating fees, some bondsmen were engaged in such practices as loan-sharking on cash bonds, intimidation and issuing phony bonds. The report found that the industry was badly under-regulated. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
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Brother Carl's Assault Could Change Snitch Code The man known to legions of friends and admirers in the capital city as "Brother Carl" is mending. When I caught up with Carl Hardrick last week, the 72-year-old Hartford antiviolence mediator was still bruised about the face and probably more emotionally scarred than he was willing to admit. He had endured a pummeling by a group of youths as he walked alone to his North Hartford home one recent night. His assault has outraged the Hartford community, including police officers and gang members. Hardrick is an institution here, one of the few people who can actually bring rival gang members to the table, successfully mediate disputes and keep the peace. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 16, 2013
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Budget Gaps Limit Police Purchases Of New Vehicles Police officers accustomed to factory-fresh cruisers will be driving older, higher-mileage cars next year when cash-strapped communities stop buying new ones. Facing huge budget gaps, officials in some towns and cities have decided to cut back or suspend their regular fleet-replacement schedules. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2008
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Call in the Feds? Murder is up in Hartford, and there's more federal law enforcement at work here than you might think. Still, there are limits on what they can do, says the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 23, 2008
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Cameras May Give Police Eye on Crime Among the ideas on how to stop violence in Hartford is the use of video monitors, a technique employed in cities like Baltimore and Jersey City. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 10, 2005
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Can Our Community Come Together When Danger Approaches? The author writes about how the community of Hartford families can come together when danger approaches. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 22, 2011
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Carbone Recovering From Assault Three weeks after Hartford surgeons reconstructed his face, Nick Carbone was back in his sneakers walking through the park in the backyard of his high-rise apartment to where he was viciously attacked. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2008
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Carjack Victim Possibly Targeted A Hartford woman initially believed to be the random victim of a shooting and carjacking may have been deliberately targeted because of her relationship with a man involved in the local drug trade, police sources said. A search of the vehicle uncovered at least one gun and $10,000 to $12,000 in cash hidden in an interior compartment. Police suspect that the attack on Jewel Cooper, who was critically wounded in the incident, was intentional. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2005
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Cat-And-Mouse Beat A small team of streetwise investigators made up of state troopers, Hartford police and parole and probation officers has been tracking the most-wanted violent fugitives who had eluded a 2003 sweep and the justice system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 7, 2007
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Change for City Police Organizational changes in response to the shift to community policing are described. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 4, 2005
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Changes In Racial-Profiling Law Gets Boost The Judiciary Committee recently approved changes to the state's anti-racial-profiling law that proponents say will improve compliance and assure that police departments are held accountable if they mistreat motorists. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 21, 2012
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Changes Underway in the Prison System Connecticut's correction and judicial system experts are seeing some encouraging signs of improvement coming, two years after State Rep. William Dyson's forum on Correction System problems. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 13, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_111304.asp Related Link(s): Building Bridges: From Conviction to Employment (PDF File) ; Building Bridges: From Conviction to Employment ONE YEAR LATER (PDF File)

Chief Cites Obstacles to Consent Decree Chief Patrick J. Harnett recently testified in federal court in a case that dates from the early 1970s. The group of residents who are plaintiffs in the Cintron vs. Vaughn lawsuit want the court to find the city in contempt; the city wants the court to nullify the decree. The lawsuit was resolved through a 1973 consent decree that required the city to take steps to be more accountable and responsive to the community, particularly in hiring more minority officers and investigating civilian complaints of police misconduct. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 2, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_040205.asp Related Link(s): Standoff Not Helping City Police

Chief Focus Hartford’s Police Chief, Daryl K. Roberts, comments that while overall crime is down in Hartford, there is a troubling increase in homicides that shows the need for community initiatives to counter a culture of violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 20, 2008
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Chief Makes Business Presentation Hartford Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett presented the city's new community policing plan to the MetroHartford Alliance, a regional chamber of commerce with an interest in making Hartford safer. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 9, 2005
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Chief Must Stay Close To Citizens Stan Simpson suggests that new Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts needs to make sure that his community support is rock-solid. Roberts can accomplish this by connecting with the community, being visible and accessible. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 5, 2006
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Chief Says Summer Initiative is Successful Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts recently announced the successful results from the HPD’s Safe Summer Initiative. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 1, 2007
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Chief's Departure Leaves Void In this editorial, the Courant suggests that although Hartford Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett's appointment was greeted with skepticism two years ago, his retirement - announced last week - doesn't bode well for the city. As Mr. Harnett promised when he took the job, overall crime in Hartford fell sharply after he restructured the department's manning procedures under the internationally recognized Command Status policing system, known popularly as Comstat. Mr. Harnett's successor should not be tempted to tamper with the system and thereby ruin its effectiveness. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 3, 2006
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Chief's Gamble Paid Off Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts took a lot of criticism in June when, in the wake of four homicides over Father's Day weekend, he broke with tradition and declined the help of state troopers to patrol the streets this summer. Crime statistics during that time show that the chief's gambit paid off. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 30, 2007
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Circus Fire Memorial To Be Dedicated A memorial for the 168 victims of the circus fire is dedicated, 61 years after the tragic event on the north end of Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 5, 2005
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Citizens Must Take Stand For Hartford Daryl K. Roberts, chief of the Hartford Police Department, writes about the multiple violent incidents that have happened in Hartford recently. His opinion is that the community must come together and rise above the naysayers and those few who live without laws in our city, negatively affecting the quality of life for all of us. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 29, 2008
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City Announces Shooting Task Force City police, state police, representatives from the Hartford State's Attorney's Office and the Chief State's Attorney's Office and the Department of Correction recently formed a shooting task force designed to crack down on city gun violence. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 01, 2011
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City Anti-Gang Program Pays Kids Who Finish $100 Hartford economic development Connecticut economic development CT economic development Connecticut economic recession CT economic recession CT employment Connecticut unemployment CT jobs Greater Hartford region Hartford employment Hartford jobs Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 29, 2009
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City Clears Occupy Hartford Campsite; Protesters Vow To Continue Efforts A nearly two-month encampment at the corner of Farmington Avenue and Broad Street came to a quiet end recentlyy after Occupy Hartford protesters, obeying an order from Mayor Pedro Segarra, folded up their tents and left. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 07, 2011
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City Crime Report Mixed City officials showed support for Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts recently when the mayor reported declines in overall crime last year, with the exception of homicides. Mayor Eddie A. Perez applauded Roberts and the Hartford Police Department for what he said was "the lowest overall crime rate in 30 years. We want to make sure that the whole story gets told. Hartford is a safer city," Perez said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 10, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_011008.asp

City Forum Hears Talk of Gun in Grade School An 11 year old boy has reportedly taken a gun to Fred D. Wish Elementary School with intent to shoot at another student. Discussion of the incident arose among local officials, concerned residents and a state Department of Children and Families official at an anti-violence forum in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 29, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_042905.asp

City Government Working for You!, February 2010 A newsletter about city services, public safety, the city budget, and help for Haiti, provided by the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 3 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: February 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_Feb_10.pdf

City Government Working for You!, March 2010 A newsletter about city services, health inequities, and youth/police initiatives, provided by the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: March 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_Mar_10.pdf

City Government Working for You, Spring 2012 A newsletter about city services, the city budget and taxes, and public safety and crime from the office of Mayor Pedro Segarra. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: April 4, 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_Apr_12.pdf

City Gunmen Need Individual Attention Studies in Boston, Buffalo and elsewhere have shown that a small number of people are doing most of the violent crime. Hartford police officers report that most of the gun violence in the city can be traced to 30 to 40 major miscreants. Although the city has made noteworthy effort to reduce violence in Hartford, focusing on smaller number of troublemakers might be beneficial. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 3, 2005
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City Hires Firm For $50,000 To Plan Move To New Public Safety Complex The city has hired a Farmington-based project management firm to help plan its move to the new public safety complex on High Street in fall of 2012. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2012
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City Hopes to Cut Number of False Alarms Last year, he said, the police department responded to about 9,000 false alarms - roughly 75 percent of the 12,000 alarm calls that the department received - while the fire department responded to about 1,300. Stango said each false alarm call requires at least two police cruisers or a fire apparatus to be sent to the location where the alarm sounded. If the city can reduce the number of false alarms it receives each year by a third, or about 3,000 calls, it could save as many as 6,000 man-hours for police and firefighters. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 28, 2005
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City Hopes to Ignite a Neighborhood Renaissance Hartford’s unfinished $77 million showpiece police-fire-emergency dispatch headquarters is under construction. City officials are certain of the positive impact the public safety complex will have when it opens in July 2012. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 01, 2011
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City In a Danger Zone Hartford police link the spike in gun crime to a dangerous new culture among young people that stresses the need to be armed for protection and a willingness by youths to settle even trivial disputes with guns. State and federal officers have joined up with Hartford police to quell the violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 3, 2005
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City Kids Deserve Safe Place The city of Hartford is demolishing the almost half-century old, dilapidated Parker Memorial Center/Kelvin D. Anderson Gymnasium on Main Street. By 2010, a new, 36,000-square-foot community center will be constructed that will carry the same name. It'll be a place for young people to blow off steam safely. All the amenities will be new — gymnasium, swimming pool, weight room, classrooms, computer labs, game room. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2008
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City Native Named New Police Chief In a move which surprised many city residents, Hartford Police Chief Patrick Harnett has resigned from his post recently. Mayor Eddie Perez lost no time in appointing a successor, naming Assistant Police Chief Daryl Roberts as Hartford’s top cop at the same press conference at which it was announced that Harnett was resigning. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 6, 2006
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City of Hartford Police Department Neighborhood Policing Plan Describes elements of new Neighborhood District Policing. District Maps (PowerPoint). (PDF file; 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Crime/neighd_policing.asp Related Link(s): Neighborhood Policing Plan (Spanish) ; District Map (PowerPoint) ; New Community Policing Model is Tough on Crime

City Officer Defends Shootings As more information emerges about the shooting on May 7th and the death of Jashon Bryant, police officer Robert Lawlor's attorney Michael Georgetti defends Lawlor's decision to open fire on Bryant and Brandon Henry. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2005
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City Passes Gun Ordinance The Hartford city council passed an ordinance recently allowing the city to sue gun owners if they fail to report their weapon lost or stolen and the gun is used in a crime in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2007
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City Poised To Offer Rewards In Crime Fight In an effort to spark more help from the community in curbing gun violence, the city plans to offer a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone who used a firearm in a homicide or felony in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 20, 2006
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City Police Accuse Officer In Double-Billing Scheme Concluding a nearly yearlong investigation into one of its own, the Hartford Police Department has accused Officer Hector Robles of running a double-billing scheme, saying Robles fabricated documents to give the appearance that he was on duty while working private jobs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2010
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City Police Are Testing a BB Gun That Might Have Been Thrown From the Car Hartford police have sent a BB gun, turned in May 12th by an anonymous man, to forensics to investigate its possible connection to the police shooting of two young men in Hartford's North end the previous week. An officer fired at the two men because he believed one of them was reaching for a gun but no such gun has yet been found. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_051405_a.asp Related Link(s): Death Of a Young Man

City Police Chief Out Hartford Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett is leaving his job after two years, city and police sources say, and his successor could be named very soon. Deputy Chief Daryl K. Roberts is the front-runner for the job, the sources said. Roberts, 47, is a 20-year veteran of the force. He has worked as a supervisor in most of the department's divisions and now heads the investigative bureau. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 30, 2006
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City Police Officer Accused of Faking Time Cards The Hartford Police Department has charged one of its own with double dipping and working private duty jobs while getting paid for his regular assignment. Hector Robles, the police officer, is also a state representative who just won a Democratic primary. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: August 13, 2010
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City Police Take Heat for Their Responses: Publicity of Missing Girls Slow, Say Parents, Advocates The Hartford police have been criticized for not investigating the disappearances of three teenage girls quickly enough by residents and community leaders. One of the girls remains missing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 8, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_060905.asp

City Receives Grant For Public Safety Items The city will use a $1 million federal grant to pay for a series of public safety initiatives, including the purchase of street cameras, emergency call boxes and equipment for the new public safety complex on High Street. A portion of the U.S. Justice Department grant will cover the purchase of 18 emergency call boxes, known as Code Blue, which would provide direct two-way voice links to the city's dispatch center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 07, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_110710.asp

City Seeks Funding For Effort To Deter Violence The city of Hartford is seeking $60,000 from the state to help implement Project Longevity, an initiative aimed at creating a partnership among community members, service organizations and law enforcement to deter homicides and shootings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 12, 2013
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City Shuts Down Occupy Hartford Occupy Hartford began on a sunny autumn afternoon in October 2011 but ended on a dreary December day as the City of Hartford closed down the site on December 6, 2011. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: December 08, 2011
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City Sites in Line For Anti-Crime Funds The Upper Albany and Clay Arsenal neighborhoods have been jointly recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as a "Weed and Seed" site, a designation that opens the door to federal crime-fighting funding. The Weed and Seed program aims to rid an area of violent crime and then provide social and economic services to allow residents to reclaim the neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 18, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/htfd_courant_061805.asp

City Stepping Up Anti-Gun Effort The African American Alliance, a community action group in Hartford, arranged a forum as a way to dissect the ongoing problem of gun violence in the city, especially violence among young people. The forum was scheduled as a follow-up to a meeting held two months earlier in response to a wave of shootings among young people in the city's North End. Mayor Eddie Perez, Child Advocate Jeanne Milstein and top Hartford police officials participated in the forum. Several residents said the efforts may be well-intentioned, but they are likely doomed to failure. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 8, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_040805.asp Related Link(s): Officials Seek Solutions to Youth Violence

City To Enforce Store Ordinance The city will start cracking down on convenience stores that haven't obtained a permit to stay open between 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., city officials said recently. In response to citywide complaints from residents that convenience stores were staying open all night and causing problems — some criminal, some not — the city council unanimously passed an ordinance in May 2007 that a $100 city permit would be required to stay open 24 hours. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2008
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City's Deadly Statistic: Killings While city and police officials insist that violent crime has declined in the city — Mayor Eddie A. Perez said in his inaugural address recently that overall "crime is down to historic lows" — the 33 homicides were 10 more than in 2006. It was the worst year for homicides since 2003, when there were 44 — 16 attributed to an intentionally set fire at the Greenwood Health Center nursing home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 09, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_010908.asp

City's Revived Curfew Has Its Doubters, Critics The merits of the curfew, long on the books, but revived for 30 days after a spate of shootings last weekend, are being debated from the city's squad rooms to living rooms, and perhaps in the future in courtrooms, where municipal curfews have been struck down. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 16, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_081608_2.asp

City’s Public Safety Complex On Target Work on the city of Hartford’s $77 million public safety complex on the north rim of downtown is “on schedule and under budget,’’ Mayor Eddie Perez says. Clearing of the 5.3-acre site surrounding 253 High St., former headquarters to the city’s board of education, is well under way and remaining bids are being collected from firms eager to supply materials and services for the two-year project. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 26, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/hbj_102609.asp

Civil Lawsuit Dismissed Against Former Hartford Officer in Fatal 2005 Shooting A Superior Court judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit against Robert Lawlor, a former Hartford police detective involved in a controversial police shooting in 2005 in which an 18-year-old was killed. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Lydia Cabrera, Ruben Perez and Dejavahn Watkins, who were injured in a car crash that followed the shooting. Their vehicle was struck by a car driven by Brandon Henry, who had been shot by Lawlor and was fleeing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 17, 2011
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Class Cutters Beware Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts, who became the city's police chief in July, has initiated a program to find children who should be in school and make sure they get to class. He has assigned two detectives - one in the North End and the other in the South End - to seek out children who are chronically absent and investigate the reasons for their truancy. Patrol officers throughout the city are also being told to pick up such children and return them to school. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 14, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_111406.asp

Clergy Speaks Out on Violence The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance rallied Thursday, May 12th against violence in response to recent shootings, including the incident involving two police officers and the death of Jashon Bryant on May 7th. The alliance stressed the need for better relationships between city officials, officers, and residents and more thorough investigation into violent crimes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 13, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/faithcommunity/htfd_courant_051305.asp

Cleveland Avenue Copes With City's Latest Shooting Stan Simpson summarizes feelings and opinions of community members in light of recent shootings in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 7, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_060706_a.asp

Club Blu's Blues Is closing a violence-prone hip-hop joint going to solve downtown Hartford's problems? Since 2003, a year after it opened, the Ann Street night club and the surrounding area have been the site of an alarming number of stabbings, shootings and other troubling incidents. The club owner said he was looking forward to rehabilitating the club's reputation, but said the changes he wanted to implement would take time and money. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: July 10, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_advocate_071008.asp

Colin McEnroe: Misunderstanding the HPD Won't Solve the Problem Ken Krayske comments on a recent column by Colin McEnroe published in the Hartford Courant about the Hartford Police Department. Krayske comments that his own experience shows that honorable officers fill out the ranks of HPD, they just take orders from people who emphasize the wrong priorities. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 31, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_news_073108.asp

Commentary: Thoughts on a Police Commission The implementation of a police commission seeks to solve one problem with the introduction of another. The current problems faced by the Hartford Police Department would not be solved by the creation of a police commission. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 22, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_news_112212_1.asp

Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System Annual Report African-Americans and Hispanics / Latinos in Connecticut are disproportionably involved in the criminal justice system. In 2003 the Commission undertook four studies to garner further knowledge regarding how actions taken in the pre-arrest, pre-trial, trial and sentencing phases contribute to the proportion of African Americans and Latinos/Hispanics comprising the pretrial and sentenced population of correctional facilities. These four studies -- a survey of police departments regarding use of alternatives to arrest, an analysis of pretrial data, an analysis of juries, and an analysis of sentencing data -- provide insight into points in the system where disparity can occur. Recommendations include encouraging an increase in the numbers of minority employees visible at all levels of the criminal justice system. Published by Justice Education Center ; Publication Date: 2004
Document Link: /issues/wsd/LegalIssues/RedReport.pdf

Community Court Newsletter, Fall 2010 The Fall 2010 Newsletter from the Hartford Community Court includes a celebration of their 12 year anniversary and the more than 340,000 hours of commmunity service that has been performed. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Judicial Branch ; Publication Date: December 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Crime/10CommCourt_Fall_News.pdf

Community Court Newsletter, Fall 2011 The Spring Newsletter from the Hartford Community Court includes a description of Access to Recover (ATR) III that provides assistance to people in recovery from alcohol and other drug use, as well as other services of the court. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Judicial Branch ; Publication Date: November 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/crime/2011_COMMCourtFallNewsletter.pdf

Community Court Newsletter, Spring 2007 The Spring Newsletter from the Hartford Community Court includes a description of a visit by Hartford Police Department's Community Service Officers to the court. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Judicial Branch ; Publication Date: March 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/crime/2007_COMMCourtSpringNewsletter.pdf

Community Court Newsletter, Spring 2009 The Spring 2009 Newsletter from the Hartford Community Court includes a discussion of the recent national recognition of Community Court. The Court was named one of three mentor court sites by the U.S. department of Justice. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Judicial Branch ; Publication Date: May 1, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/crime/09CommCourt_springNews.pdf

Community Court Newsletter, Summer 2010 The Summer 2010 Newsletter from the Hartford Community Court includes an announcement of the return of a DSS case worker to the court, an award for Judge Norko, and the work of AIDS Project Hartford. (PDF document, 16 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Judicial Branch ; Publication Date: July 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Crime/10CommCourt_SummerNews.pdf

Community Court Newsletter, Winter 2010 The Winter 2010 Newsletter from the Hartford Community Court includes a summary of the activites of the court in 2009. (PDF document, 16 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Judicial Branch ; Publication Date: March 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Crime/wsd_030110.asp

Community Needed To Help Heal Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez writes that the recent crimes on Capitol Avenue and Park Street serve to remind us that we cannot take our sense of community for granted. These horrific acts call for swift and decisive action on all levels of our community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_061508.asp

Community Partners in Action Community Partners in Action, Inc., is a non-profit criminal rehabilitation organization building community by providing services that promote accountability, dignity, and restoration for people affected by the Criminal Justice System. The web site includes information on current and past programs like alternative incarceration, transitional housing, day incarceration, young offender, work release, resettlement, substance abuse and mental health, juvenile detention center for girls, fatherhood, education, HIV/AIDS, and ECHO (Education Can Help Outcomes). Publication Date: 2005
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Community Seeks Solutions To Continuing Violence Governor Dannel Malloy, Mayor Pedro Segarra and Hartford Police Chief James Rovella all attended a public forum on the city’s continuing violence recently. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 16, 2013
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Concern At And Around Burns School Two incidents outside a Hartford school recently have administrators, police, and politicians concerned about neighborhood safety. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: October 27, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/jcohen_102710.asp

Conference Seeks Answers to Drugs Hartford councilman Robert Painter recently organized an open-tent conference on illicit drugs with the goal of exploring all solutions, proposals and suggestions for limiting the drug trade. The conference included state and local law enforcement officials, and former drug addicts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 15, 2005
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Conflict Holds Up New Public Safety Complex The owner of a property valued at about $55,000 is holding up Hartford’s efforts to build a new $77 million public safety complex on North Street. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 21, 2008
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Connecticut Activists Seek to Abolish the Death Penalty, and Gov. Malloy Says He'll Sign the Bill if it Lands on His Desk Two major issues are currently coursing their way through the Connecticut legislature. First, there's the push for the elimination of the death penalty, which has gained momentum after Governor Dannel Malloy said he'd sign a bill abolishing capital punishment if it made it to his desk. There is also the separate push to expand the collection of DNA by law enforcement in the state. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: February 15, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_advocate_021511.asp

Connecticut General Assembly Office of Legislative Research Report: Sentence Review And Modification This web page provides a summary of the state law on criminal sentence review and modification, including the criteria for reducing sentences; statistics on applications or petitions for review or modification; and a comparison of Connecticut's law to the law in the other New England states. Published by Connecticut General Assembly, Office of Legislative Research ; Publication Date: June 27, 2008
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Connecticut NAACP Pushes Civil Rights Probe in Jashon Bryant Killing More than 20 supporters of Jashon Bryant vowed recently to urge the federal government to take a closer look at the 2005 fatal shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white police officer. Less than a week after former Det. Robert Lawlor's acquittal of manslaughter and assault charges, family members and friends gathered in front of the federal courthouse on Main Street with the state's NAACP president, who said he will push to breathe new life into an ongoing federal probe of the shooting. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2009
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Connecticut Police Departments Aren't Doing What They're Supposed To To Fight Racial Profiling The Connecticut state legislature is considering reforms to the state's Penn Act, a law intended to combat racial profiling. It's been on the books for more than a decade, and requires police departments throughout the state to keep track of the race and ethnicity of people they pull over for traffic stops. But most departments never bother to report the data, Glenn Cassis of the African-American Affairs Commission says the data that's reported by police agencies is spotty at best. In 2010, only 19 departments submitted all of the data required by law. Another 50 police departments submitted only partial data, and 100 others submitted nothing. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 19, 2011
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Connecticut Senate Backs Tougher Penalties For Violent Crimes Under pressure to respond after two deadly home invasions in the past nine months, the state Senate voted recently to strengthen the state's criminal law and allocate $10 million for enhanced crime-fighting. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 24, 2008
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Connecticut Violent Injury Statistics System (CVISS) 2004 Report Connecticut Violent Injury Statistics System (CVISS) is part of a national collaborative effort to gather information on violent deaths occurring in Connecticut. This report describes statistics on violent deaths during 2004. Published by Connecticut Children's Medical Center ; Publication Date: September 2006
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_09_2006.asp

Connecticut's Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy A two-page summary of "America's Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy." This brief summarizes the report of an expert panel convened by FIGHT CRIME: INVEST IN KIDS, an anti-crime group of over 2,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, victims of violence, and youth violence experts. The authors include Harvard pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton and Yale child development expert Edward Zigler. The full report and citations for this brief are available at www.fightcrime.org. Published by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids ; Publication Date: July 30, 2003
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_073003.asp

Connecticut's Drug War is a Bust Politicians, academics and former police press for a more candid discussion about the costs of criminalizing drugs. The cost associated with the enforcement of current drug laws may not justify the resources expended. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 17, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/drugs/htfd_advocate_081710.asp

Connecticut's Prison Budget Is Incentive For Change The State of Connecticut is projecting a budget deficit of $8.7 billion over the next two years. And the current $691 million budget for the Department of Correction's 19,000 inmates will hit $709 million in 2010. In comparison, in 1985, the prison budget was $92.4 million for 5,379 inmates. Stan Simpson writes about the situation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 04, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/prisonerre-entry/htfd_courant_030409.asp

Connecticut's Prostitution Problem Connecticut's participation in the allied horrors of human trafficking and America's domestic prostitution industry was recently highlighted by a Vanity Fair article and a newly published book, The Berlin Turnpike, that both focused on a 2007 trial of a Hartford-area pimp named Dennis Paris. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 09, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_advocate_060911.asp

Connecticut’s Prison Gravy Train In this opinion piece, the author expresses the opinion that in Connecticut’s booming prison economy there are winners and losers. Inmates face financial ruin and state taxpayers lose too — about $31,419 per year, per inmate. Prison entrepreneurs, for whom each inmate is a government subsidized business opportunity, are the big winners. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 07, 2008
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Construction Begins On Police, Fire, Emergency Complex After seven years of delays and a huge increase in price, ground was broken in Hartford recently on a public safety complex to house police, fire and other emergency personnel on property just north of downtown. The complex's estimated $77 million cost is nearly twice the $40 million voters approved in 2000. It will be built on a nearly 6-acre parcel at High and Atlantic streets. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_071807_a.asp

Contract Negotiations Stall Hartford Chief's Swearing In Contract negotiations have stalled the formal swearing in of James Rovella as Hartford's new police chief. Rovella says he won’t take the job without a guarantee of lifetime health benefits for him and his family paid for by the city. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 30, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/jcohen_073012.asp

Cops' Disdain Won't Regain People's Trust There's no shortage of ideas about how to stop youth violence in Hartford. Helen Ubiñas suggests in this commentary the police can do more to help. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 10, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_041005.asp

Corrections: More Safety For Less Money In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the state legislature should support the many community-based alternatives to incarceration. There is little question that community alternatives are less costly that prison. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 08, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_030809.asp

Cosby Keeps Focus On Community Comedian Bill Cosby recently urged Hartford school parents to reach out to their missing peers: the parents who never show up at meetings, the people who aren't around for their children. In a speech that mirrored many of his lectures around the country about respect, responsibility and accountability, Cosby focused mostly on education and the power it gives people stuck in cycles of poverty and violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_102108.asp

Cosby To Parents: Time To Deal With Kids Comedian Bill Cosby came to Hartford recently with a serious message about responsible parenting. He urged the adults to stop ignoring the social ills that lead to teenage pregnancy, juvenile delinquency and violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_070108_1.asp

Costly Blemishes On the City Graffiti continues to be a problem in downtown Hartford, as evidenced by recent vandalism to the Corning Fountain in Bushnell Park. A school and citywide environmental awareness movement would help the city to look her best as summer tourists and convention center goers begin to visit. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 17, 2005
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Council Cuts $8.6 Million From Segarra's Proposed Budget After hours of backroom deliberations and deal making, the city council recently voted to cut $8.6 million from Mayor Pedro Segarra's $543.9 million budget proposal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2013
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Council Upholds Mayor's Vetoes The Hartford city council on Monday upheld the first vetoes Mayor Eddie A. Perez has ever issued. The vetoes were a refusal of the council's request that the mayor investigate the circumstances of two cases of alleged police brutality. By a vote of 7-1, the council declined to override the vetoes -- thereby supporting the mayor's position. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 27, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_092705.asp

Councilman Ritter's Hartford Happenings, November/December 2008 A newsletter from Councilman Matthew Ritter, highlighting his activities in Hartford. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Councilman Matthew Ritter
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Councilman Ritter's Hartford Happenings, Summer 2009 A newsletter from Councilman Matthew Ritter, highlighting his activities in Hartford. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Councilman Matthew Ritter ; Publication Date: Summer 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/MR_newsletter7a.pdf

Couple Get No Thanks from Cops Relationships between police officers and Hartford residents are strained: the Harrises of Mather Street, after offering their car to police as evidence in a shooting, received some “attitude” from police officers and a bill when they inquired about getting their car back. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 12, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_051205_a.asp

Court Monitor Rules Mayor Must Testify in Police Hearing A federal official has ruled that Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez must testify to determine whether the city's police department has violated the 1973 consent decree that required the city to take steps to be more accountable and responsive to the community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 6, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/legalissues/htfd_courant_040605.asp Related Link(s): Chief Cites Obstacles To Consent Decree ; Standoff Not Helping City Police

Court Of Second Chances Community Court daily handles dozens of nonviolent, largely nuisance crimes during its seven years in existence, evolving from a social experiment into a nationwide model. Defendants can wipe the charges from their records permanently by doing community work from shoveling snow to loading food bank donation vans. At the Community Court a balance is struck between holding people accountable for their offenses and helping the neighborhoods in which those offenses occurred. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 25, 2005
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Crack Penalty Bill May Return Legislators work quickly to re-tool a bill that equalizes penalties for possessing crack and powder cocaine before the session ends. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 4, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_060405.asp Related Link(s): House Tackles Drug Law Disparities ; Rell Vetoes Crack Change: Opposes Balancing Cocaine Sentencing

Credit Union, With Mob Ties In Its History, Closed This Week When the South End Mutual Benefit Association was shuttered recently by banking regulators, so went a once questionable Hartford banking tradition — one known principally among gangsters and FBI agents. Two decades ago, when the mafia in Connecticut was at its peak and legal casino gambling was just a dream, the mob made the credit union a "piggy bank" of sorts, using it to underwrite a multimillion-dollar, illegal gambling business. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 10, 2010
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Crime Beware, Comstat is Here Comstat, short for Command Status, is explained in this opinion that details some aspects of Hartford's transition to a community policing model. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 27, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_012705.asp Related Link(s): Police Reorganizing Two Major Divisions: City Plan Recalls Community Policing Of 1990s ; Police Report for the City of Hartford (PDF file)

Crime Down But Not Out In The City To say, as Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra does, that Hartford is safer than it was five years ago is not to claim victory; it is to spot a trend. The capital city still endures too much crime. But there are signs that the city is beginning to turn the corner. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 27, 2012
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Crime Initiative Called A Success Stan Simpson comments on the success of Hartford’s Jumoke Academy. Now in its 11th year, the charter school is emerging as one of the better-run charters, taking in mostly poor black and Latino kids who, chosen by lottery, usually arrive well behind academically. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_080107.asp

Crime Numbers Of Limited Use In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that statistics can be notoriously misleading, as evidenced by the annual Hartford crime report. A close examination of the numbers shows that only small strides have been made in reducing violent crime. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 20, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_012009.asp

Crime Statistics from the Hartford Police Department Crime statistics for the City of Hartford, Community Policing Districts, and individual neighborhoods. Published by Hartford Police Department
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Crime Statistics Mislead This Courant editorial expresses the opinion that if there was confusion about crime in Hartford, it is understandable. The number of homicides has risen, while the total number of serious crimes has decreased. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 16, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_011608.asp

Crime Stats In The city's quarterly crime statistics are in. Some good news for folks who live in the city: Total major crimes are down citywide by 12.7 percent year-to-date over last year. The news is also good in three of the four city districts -- crime is down in the Northeast, Northwest, and Southeast districts. But a rise in aggravated assault, robbery and larceny in the Southwest make that district the only one to see a percentage uptick year-to-date over 2008. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 09, 2009
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Criminal Artist Alix Lambert Chronicles Hartford's Underbelly Many months ago, New York-based artist Alix Lambert came to Hartford intending to interview residents on the subject of crime. She interviewed one person. And that led to another. And then another. The result is "Crime USA: Hartford," a performance piece that Lambert will present at Real Art Ways, in conjunction with an exhibit and film series opening next week, "Alix Lambert: Crime." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 09, 2012
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Cripville Means Pride, Fear Teenagers with roots in Stowe Village have transformed its old nickname “Crookville” into “Cripville,” although those who identify with the new name do not recognize it as a gang or having any relation to the California gang. When Stowe Village was torn down, residents were spread out across Hartford, where their old ties are being mixed in with other similar groups, including those implicated in the shootings in January over a feud. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2005
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Crowd Grieves and Complains at City Council Public Hearing, But Poverty Still Remains Ken Krayske comments on a public hearing held before a Hartford City Council meeting. Person after person paraded to the microphone to air an angry laundry list of the failures of self-governance. The problems in Hartford seem intractable, so embedded and deeply ingrained that this kind of public venting and self-expression – more than 50 speakers at a pre-council meeting hearing – may be the only way to hang onto some semblance of city pride. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
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Culture Of Decency Takes Conviction, Action Hartford is the current setting for this cautionary tale: the parable of "indifference," a reminder to care about things and to act to make things better. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 18, 2008
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Cure For Gun Violence? Redirect Violent Young Men A Chicago epidemiologist is treating gun violence like an infectious disease — using his nonprofit as an intervener when street conflicts occur. Like the doctor from the Windy City, James Lane is among a growing number of local ministers who believe that redirecting participants to nonviolent alternatives is the right elixir to combat gun violence in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2008
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Curfew To Be Extended 30 Days Hartford Police will continue their strict enforcement of the city’s curfew ordinance for at least another 30 days, through October 14, 2008, Police Chief Daryl Roberts announced recently. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 11, 2008
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Curfew's One Tool In Cutting Violence Daryl K. Roberts, the Chief of Police of the Hartford Police Department comments on the extension of the curfew in Hartford imposed by Mayor Eddie A. Perez. He expresses the opinion that no matter what side of the curfew debate you are on, there is no denying its positive effect in Hartford, which is why the city extended it for another 30 days. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 14, 2008
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Death Of a Young Man At Jashon Bryant's funeral on May 13th, tensions between residents of Hartford's North-End and the city police erupted when Rev. Richard L. Nash denounced the police during the service. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_051405.asp Related Link(s): City Police Testing a BB Gun That Might Have Been Thrown From the Car ; Hartford Officer on Administrative Duty as Fatal Shooting is Probed

Death Penalty Studies At Odds? A recently released study has found race and geography play a factor in capital punishment in Connecticut, bolstering the claims of seven death row inmates who say the system is both arbitrary and "infected by bias." But the state has shot back with accusations that the public defender's office is purposely withholding a 4-year-old study on the same bias issues because it contradicts the recent one. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 13, 2007
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Declare A Cease-fire In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the city should find new ways to stop gunplay. Hartford had 17 homicides in 2004, but the number has been moving up since, to 33 in 2007 and 32 in 2008. If the trend continues, 2009 will be one of the city's deadliest years since the gang violence of the early 1990s. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 14, 2009
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Denial Helped Mother Serve Pamela Joiner didn't want to become a political activist, but when her son Jumar was killed in Hartford in May, 2008, she turned to Mothers United Against Violence for the support she needed and a distraction from the pain she was avoiding. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 30, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_063008.asp

Departments Begin Moving Into New Hartford Police Headquarters Several public safety functions have been relocated to the city's new 150,000-square-foot public safety complex on High Street. City officials said that the 311 call center, 911 dispatch center, traffic division, school crossing guards, parking control, fire department administrative offices, and fire marshals and inspectors had moved to the new complex. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 21, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_112112.asp

Despite Arrest, There Are Questions Helen Ubiñas comments that Luis Negron’s arrest for the hit-and-run accident that caused death of Angel Arce Torres raises many questions. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2009
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Despite Naysayers, Students Determined To Make A Better Hartford Helen Ubiñas writes about Xiomara Colon, Emanuel Morales and Naiomi Serrano, all students at Hartford High, who have been organizing marches against violence in the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 16, 2008
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Detective's Trial Comes Amid Trying Times If ever there was a good time for a Hartford cop to be on trial, this might be it. A controversial and complicated case playing out in a Hartford courtroom right now is the trial of former Hartford police Det. Robert Lawlor, accused of killing 18-year-old Jashon Bryant in 2005. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2009
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Detectors Don't Belong In Schools Stan Simpson writes that metal detectors in schools are a superficial fix to the problem of students bringing weapons to school, but they won't deter the mentality of someone bent on causing trouble. Using metal-detecting wands at public schools is as sacrilegious as wanding a parishioner coming to church. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 27, 2006
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Dispute Ends in Death Four different shooting incidents occurred over the May 14th – 15th weekend, including the death of an 18 year-old and a police car chase near Wethersfield Avenue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2005
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Does Hartford Racial Profiling Proposal Go Too Far? Hartford city councilman Luis Cotto stirred up a hornet's nest recently by introducing an ordinance to combat racial profiling — as when police stop an individual simply because he has black or brown skin. Profiling happens, and it shouldn't. But Mr. Cotto may not have the best remedy. Individuals already have legal protections, including a state law against being singled out solely on the basis of race and other traits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 25, 2010
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Domestic Violence: A New Vigilance The new Connecticut domestic-violence laws rolling out soon — born of a string of assaults and murders and the media attention that followed — represent the most concentrated attack on these crimes in 24 years, say prosecutors and advocates. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2010
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Don't Charge Police Over Errors The author of this opinion piece suggests that police officers need our help. They must make split-second but accurate decisions about using deadly force to protect themselves or others from harm. Occasionally, an officer makes a mistake. Absent some aggravating factor, such as an improper motive, the law should not criminalize officers' good-faith mistakes in judgment. Otherwise, how can we expect them to take decisive action to protect lives when their own could be destroyed by doing so? Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 13, 2009
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Don't Give Up On Youths In this editorial, the Courant supports treating youth who commit crimes between the ages of 16 and 18 in the juvenile court system, making them eligible for services such as schooling, alternative sentencing, mental health and rehabilitative treatment. Currently, Connecticut is one of only three states that treats such teenagers as adults. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 26, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_022606.asp

Double Slaying Brings Hartford's Homicide Total To 30 For The Year The city's 29th and 30th homicides of the year took place recently on Whitmore Street in the South End. Leida "Flaka" Franqui was on a cellphone with her sister shortly before gunfire killed Franqui and a friend as they walked down the street from her home, her father said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 15, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_101509.asp

Downtown BID Responds to Shooting A 21-year-old suspect in a shooting at a downtown pizzeria that left five people injured is being held on $800,000 bail after his arraignment at Superior Court in Hartford. Downtown property owners voiced their concern about the shootings in a letter to Mayor Eddie A. Perez, the city council, and the chief of police. Police said they will force the owner of The Mansion nightclub to hire a police detail during evening hours following the weekend's shooting. The owner of the pizzeria involved has volunteered to close at 7 p.m. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 08, 2009
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Downtown Public Safety Complex Good For Residents, Development In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that construction has finally begun on Hartford's new public safety complex on High Street across I-84 from downtown, and that is good news on several fronts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 08, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_060809.asp

Downtown Substation OK'd; North End Station Still Closed In a Sept. 12 letter to the city council, Mayor Pedro Segarra outlined his plans for a police substation at the corner of Asylum and Main streets downtown. The substation, which would be housed in a former newspaper kiosk, would help address "a recent increase" in violence in the area, Segarra said. The council approved the request the same day. Now some city residents are questioning why city officials moved so swiftly to station police downtown when the department's substation in the city's North End, which has much more crime than downtown, has been closed for months Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2011
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Drug Law Change is Overdue Disparity in possession of crack and powdered cocaine sentences is the subject of this Hartford Courant opinion. Because of the extraordinarily tough sentencing for sale and possession of a relatively small amount of crack versus an ounce of cocaine, low-income defendants are serving excessive jail time. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_022405.asp

Drug Ring Tied to Mexican Suppliers Government documents show that a recent drug bust in Hartford made a significant impact on drug dealing. Local residents report that there is much more work to be done. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 2, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_020205.asp HartfordInfo Data: Upper Albany Neighborhood General Profile (Map and Data)

Drug Summit Takes On Issue of Legalization Participants in a recent drug policy summit at Trinity College agreed wholeheartedly that addiction is a serious problem, but were divided over whether that problem is fundamentally one of health - or of crime. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 22, 2005
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Effects Of Hartford's 9 P.M. Curfew Debated Opinions vary on the effectiveness of the curfew for teens in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 23, 2008
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Emergency Curfew Starts Tonight Beginning at 9 pm, August 14, 2008,no city youngster under the age of 18 will be allowed on the streets of Hartford unless they are accompanied by a adult. The curfew was due to expire on September 12, 2008. Youths who are not accompanied by a parent, guardian or another adult approved by the parent or guardian will be picked up by police and taken home to their parent or guardian. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
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End City, State Feud In this op ed, Thomas Ritter, former House Speaker, expresses the opinion that state and the city officials should cooperate in resolving issues in Hartford – from preventing violent crime to mediating labor disputes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 6, 2006
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Even Doc Seeks Cure For Guns As a resident physician for a North Hartford medical practice, Dr. Tim Lishnak doesn't just view the young victims of the city's latest shooting spree as unfortunate street casualties. Several of those getting shot or killed are patients of the Asylum Hill Family Practice. The Woodland Street facility serves the mostly poor neighborhoods in the North End. Doctors are in the business of helping patients live long lives. So, when they see young people stabbed, shot or snuffed out, even the docs start wondering what they could be doing to quell the violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2006
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Ex-Hartford Police Det. Robert Lawlor Acquitted Shortly after former Hartford police Det. Robert Lawlor was acquitted Tuesday of manslaughter and assault charges in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Jashon Bryant, the emotionally charged case reached a dramatic climax outside the courthouse. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 09, 2009
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Ex-Officer Will Stand Trial A Superior Court judge recently rejected a defense motion to dismiss manslaughter and assault charges against a former Hartford detective. The case against Robert Lawlor will now go to trial. Lawlor was charged by the state's attorney's office in June 2006 with first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault in connection with an on-duty fatal shooting of Jashon Bryant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2008
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Expert Panel Cites Urban-Suburban Inequities Treatment varies for suburban and urban youths charged with crimes. According to the state's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System, disparities might be curbed if cities had as many counselors, police and school officials assigned to give troubled youths individual attention as some of the suburbs have. The commission plans to suggest possible changes in state legislation that might bridge that gap in funding, programs and personnel so that cities can create programs geared toward helping first-time offenders before they are arrested. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 19, 2005
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Faith Summit on Violence Saturday The city council convened the first summit with the faith-based community recently, in an attempt to curb city violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 03, 2012
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Families Welcome Federal Inquiry into City Shootings The families of Jashon Bryant and Brandon Harry are pleased with the decision to request a federal prosecutor's examination of their cases to determine whether or not federal investigation is necessary. Many Hartford residents feel as though the Hartford police would be incapable of delivering a fair investigation because of tensions between the police and residents. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 2, 2005
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Family Of Slain Teen To Meet With Justice Department Representatives The family of Jashon Bryant, who was shot and killed in 2005 by city police Det. Robert Lawlor, was recently scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C., with representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2010
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Family Ponders Attack's Motive After a barrage of gunfire wounded four members of Beatriz Chandler's family, they pondered who shot them and why. A shattered front window, bullet holes and bandages are constant reminders of the drive-by shooting the night of May 26, 2006 outside 21 Westland St. in Hartford. Police said the family members aren't affiliated with any gangs, though they believed someone on the street was a target of an ongoing gang war. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2006
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Family Taunts Lawlor A tense confrontation unfolded outside Superior Court in Hartford recently as Hartford police Officer Robert Lawlor, facing criminal charges in the fatal shooting of a teenager, found himself staring into the face of the boy's father. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 6, 2006
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Family To Mark Anniversary Of Teenager's Death The family of Jashon Bryant, who was 18 when he was fatally shot by a city police detective, recently gathered to mark the sixth anniversary of his death. On May 7, 2005, Det. Robert Lawlor shot Bryant during the course of a police investigation in the city's North End. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 06, 2011
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Family To Mark Anniversary Of Teenager's Shooting The family of Jashon Bryant, who was 18 when he was fatally shot by a city police detective, gathered recently to mark the sixth anniversary of his death. On May 7, 2005, Det. Robert Lawlor shot Bryant during the course of a police investigation in the city's North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 06, 2011
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Fasting On A Feast Day While Hartford sat down to a Thanksgiving meal, a handful of community activists settled into the battered lobby of a troubled building on Vine Street to fast for a day and call attention to inequity in the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 25, 2005
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Father of 2 Is City's 10th Homicide Hartford's tenth homicide victim was shot for an unknown reason in the Blue Hills neighborhood. Another shooting earlier in the week is also being investigated. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 25, 2005
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Fatman Dies, Legend Lives On Daniel Tedesco, a big-hearted bookie and the last stand-up guy in Hartford, died recently of old age and its myriad afflictions. He was 84. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2007
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Feds Taking New Aim At Gangs Local police departments will spend more time this year combating a resurgence of gang activity in city neighborhoods and in schools, and the feds will be picking up part of the tab. The Department of Justice has pumped an additional $300,000 into Project Safe Neighborhoods, a 4-year-old program whose mission - getting illegal guns off the street - has been expanded to include gang activity, U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 4, 2006
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Fencing Even if the Board of Trustees wanted to fence off Trinity College, President Jones said, it is not going to happen. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: April 13, 2012
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Festering Violence Plagues Us From Within Bessy Reyna comments on recent violent incidents and expresses the opinion that the possibility of facing violence has become an integral part of our daily lives. Yet, each time there is a crime such as those committed in Tennessee, Wisconsin and Connecticut, we react as if it was the first time this has happened. It is time we confront the fact that we live in a very violent country; the violence made common by the ease with which we have access to weapons. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2008
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Fewer Guns Mean Fewer Deaths Connecticut, thankfully, is one of the five states with the lowest per capita rates of gun deaths. The reasons may seem obvious. An analysis of just-released 2007 federal data by the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit that works to reduce gun violence, found that states with lower gun ownership rates and strong gun laws have the lowest rates of overall gun fatalities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 16, 2010
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Field Trip Meets Reality A field trip by Glastonbury high school students to Hartford's Superior Court leads Helen Ubiñas to consider the different experiences of Hartford's youth in contrast to that of those in the suburbs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 23, 2005
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Fightin' Words About Crime On the day that she signed a bipartisan bill to strengthen criminal laws after last summer's triple slaying in Cheshire, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell clashed sharply with Democrats over whether they are soft on crime. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 26, 2008
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Fighting Crime In New Haven Rick Green reports on the efforts of the new police chief in New Haven, James Lewis. Lewis is making a big deal out of the small things, such as arresting prostitutes, because it is a way to begin to retake control. He plans to emphasize the arrests for prostitution, street corner drug dealing, out-of-control driving and other offenses like kids racing around on all-terrain vehicles. Lewis says there is a level of civility that we should have in our communities. One should be able to walk down your street without being propositioned. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 22, 2008
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Fighting Graffiti: This One Is On Us Hartford neighborhoods Hartford public safety and crime Hartford graffiti quality of life issues Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 11, 2009
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Fighting Prostitution A judge says people still come to Hartford for drugs and hookers. Hartford Community Court Judge Raymond Norko developed the court in 1997. Community court deals with "quality of life" issues such as public drunkenness, drug use and prostitution. Lately, the number of cases has been skyrocketing, while court funding has been disappearing because of the economic recession. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: February 02, 2010
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Finding the Way Back on Track Two local men are repaying their debt to society by starting a summer employment program for kids from Nelton Court. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 28, 2005
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Fire Department Creates Information Database The Hartford Fire Department is seeking the public's help in collecting information for a database officials say could help firefighters react more effectively in emergencies. The Community Safety Information program will allow responders to access critical information such as a resident's special medical needs to the number of children and pets living at an address. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 22, 2005
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Firm To Aid In Police Chief Search The city has hired the Massachusetts-based recruiting firm Strategic Policy Partnership to assist in the search for its next police chief. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 19, 2012
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First In A Series: Hartford, Gangs, And The Police School is out in Hartford, and that means more young people with less to do. It also means the police department is gearing up for summer -- a busier, more violent time of the year on the city’s streets. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: June 28, 2010
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Five Million Dollars To Buy More Security Prompted by the Newtown school massacre, the state will spend $5 million to improve security at 169 public school buildings in 36 communities across Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 19, 2013
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Five Years of Neighborhood Policing 2010 Safe City Report Hartford Police Department This report summarizes crime statistics for the City of Hartford for the period 2005 -2010, showing a significant decrease in violent crime. (PDF document, 11 pages) Published by Hartford Police Department ; Publication Date: January 4, 2011
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Five Years of Neighborhood Policing, The Hartford Police Department, June 2010 In this presentation made by Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts, the effectiveness of neighborhood policing is demonstrated with many charts, statistics and descriptions of programs. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by Hartford Police Department ; Publication Date: June 10, 2010
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For Hartford This Courant editorial reviews a variety of issues which need to be addressed to keep the momentum going in Hartford’s revitalization. These issues include public safety, schools, the downtown business improvement district, the arts, and regional initiatives. It's critical that development be an ongoing process. Downtown feels busier and more connected these days, but more needs to be done to rejuvenate Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 31, 2006
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Former Hartford Police Officer Lawlor Files Civil Suit Former city police Det. Robert Lawlor has filed suit against the city, seeking more than $700,000 in legal fees, lost wages, overtime and other benefits. Lawlor shot two Hartford men on May 7, 2005, while working on a police investigation involving drugs and guns. In May 2006, Waterbury State's Attorney John Connelly concluded that the shooting was unjustified. A month later, Lawlor was charged with first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault in connection with Bryant's death. Lawlor, who took early retirement before the case against him was concluded, was found not guilty last December. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2010
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Free Healthcare For Life For Some Hartford Employees? Segarra Pledges A Review Hartford's interim police chief says he won't take the permanent chief's job without the promise of free healthcare for life. But he wouldn't be the only one to get the perk when he retires. But, Mayor Pedro Segarra says it's time to review the benefit. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 31, 2012
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Freedom vs. Safety Would tracking the movements of parolees and persons released on bail with a Geographic Positioning System (GPS) be an infringement on constitutional rights or a necessary step to reduce both crime and the cost of our prison system? That question was hotly debated at a recent meeting of the Maple Avenue Revitalization Group (MARG) at St. Augustine’s Church. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 25 - November 1, 2006
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From Trauma to Tragedy: Connecticut Girls in Adult Prison This briefing paper from the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate summarizes their analysis of services to girls by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and the DCF treatment of those who are incarcerated at the York Correctional Institution. (PDF document, 33 pages) Published by Office of the Child Advocate, State of Connecticut ; Publication Date: July 2008
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Frustration For Families After Acquittal Of Detective In a peaceful call for justice, family members of two men shot by a city police detective in May of 2005 assembled in front of city hall Thursday to reflect on a jury's decision this week to acquit the detective of manslaughter and assault charges. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 11, 2009
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Gang Memo Flap Shouldn't Obscure Prevention Grant Enid M. Rey, director of the Office for Youth Services in Hartford, writes that during the past few days, there have been questions raised about a $500,000 federal grant Hartford received to provide mentoring services to some of its most vulnerable youth. Because the application for the grant cited a June 4 police memorandum that used a broad definition of gangs to say the city has 4,000 street gang members, people are asking: Does Hartford have a huge gang problem? The answer is no. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2009
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Gangs? What Gangs? Continued Helen Ubiñas comments about the gang situation in Hartford. Remember the sea of denial that ran from Hartford's city hall to police headquarters to the school district's central office when an internal police memo painted a disturbing picture of a city infested with gangs? How'd it go again? Oh yeah ... Gang problem? Police Chief Daryl Roberts wondered. What gang problem? Mayor Eddie Perez chimed in. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 25, 2009
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Give Credit Where It's Due -- To The Police; Dispatches From Garden Street Three of Hartford's 20 homicides this year have occurred on Garden Street, another six nearby. Courant columnist Helen Ubinas and photographer Rick Hartford spend the week in and around the North End neighborhood talking to residents about living, and surviving, one of Hartford's tougher neighborhoods. Here are excerpts from her blog from Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Something that's become clear in these few concentrated days she spent in the city's North End is that the relationship between Hartford cops and residents has seemingly improved. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 05, 2009
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Giving Up On City Is No Solution Helen Ubiñas expresses the opinion that abandoning Hartford because of the recent violent incidents is not a solution. In the end, it is the community that will determine the city's fate. And the community does not stop at the city line. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 4, 2006
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Good Intentions Or Stunt? Saying he wanted to end the public sniping and to focus on solving violence in the city, Mayor Eddie A. Perez phoned the office of Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently. With television cameras and reporters in tow, Perez started to walk to Rell's office at the Capitol. But there was a problem: Perez's morning call had not been returned. The governor was not in, and Perez had no appointment. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 2, 2006
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Graduates Remember Slain Classmate Hartford Public High School graduates 184 seniors, 90% of which are going on to college. The class paid tribute to their classmate, Derek Benford Jr., killed last month. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2005
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Grand Juror Probes Police Shooting A grand juror has been appointed to review a controversial shooting in Hartford earlier this year in which an undercover police officer shot and killed a teenager suspected of carrying a gun, sources close to the investigation said. The anonymous grand juror, believed to be a judge, was appointed at the request of Waterbury State's Attorney John Connelly, who took over the investigation to avert any potential conflict of interest on the part of authorities in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 10, 2005
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Grand Jury Could Be Convened In Unsolved Hartford Shootings State law enforcement officials hoping to help stem the violence plaguing Hartford are leaning toward convening a secret grand jury to help investigate and prosecute unsolved shootings — a rare move that would give the state the ability to force people to testify. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
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Grant Helps Retain 12 Police Officers Thanks to a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Hartford will be able to retain 12 police officers about to complete training at the state police academy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2012
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Grieving Father Calls On Community to Solve Unsolved Murders Barely a month after his son was fatally shot on the streets of Hartford, Sam Saylor held a press conference on the steps of City Hall on November 23 to urge residents, police and civic leaders to work together to solve the city’s many unsolved homicides. Saylor announced that “Resolution 2013,” a coalition of Hartford community groups, will be holding a community forum entitled “Seeking Closure and Justice,” to address the city’s many unsolved homicide cases. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: December 06, 2012
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Guardian Angels Are No Panacea In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that if the Guardian Angels come to Hartford, don't expect miracles. The unarmed crime patrollers may help here and there, but they aren't likely to resolve the deadly gunplay that plagues the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 26, 2009
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Guardian Angels Begin Patrolling Garden Street In Hartford Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, recenlty visited the North End, and the Revs. Henry Brown and Patrice Smith showed him various crime scenes along Garden Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 20, 2009
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Guardian Angels Considering Hartford Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels anti-crime patrols, was in Hartford on recently with a dozen Guardian Angels from New York and New Haven to gauge interest in starting an Angels chapter here. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2009
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Gun Bill Silent On City Problems Rep. Douglas McCrory, D-Hartford, represents the 7th Assembly District in the Connecticut General Assembly explains his no vote on the gun control bill that was before the Assembly. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 05, 2013
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Gun Buy-Back Makes Homes, Streets Safer Public health research has clearly established that unsafe storage of guns and ammunition is associated with an increased risk of suicide and unintentional gun injuries. But in communities across this state, there's been a failure to embrace the action needed to take unwanted guns out of circulation to prevent them from killing, injuring or being used in crimes. The Hartford Gun Buy-Back, which runs Saturday, last year removed from harm's way 118 unwanted working firearms, including 87 handguns from Hartford and surrounding suburbs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 30, 2012
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Gun Buy-Back Program Is Saturday In Hartford City officials and police are looking to take more guns off the street by offering to buy them back in exchange for gift cards. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 29, 2012
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Gun Buyback Collects 82 Firearms The Capital Region Gun Buyback (CRGB) program held on May 18, 2013 at the Community Renewal Team headquarters on Windsor Street brought in a collection of over 82 firearms including two derringers, 16 pistols, 32 rifles, 16 shotguns and one assault rifle. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 23, 2013
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Gun Court: At Least It's A Start For a few days last week Rick Green listened to the tales of gunplay that unfold in Superior Court Judge Bradford J. Ward's courtroom. Governor R. Jodi Rell ordered creation of the "gun courts" earlier this summer, with seasoned judges and prosecutors assigned to a docket containing only gun crimes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 8, 2006
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Gun Shy Cuts to funding for two law enforcement task forces leave both parties in a finger-pointing stand-off. Yet the new state budget eliminates state funding for two law enforcement task forces assigned to combat gun trafficking and gang violence. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 15, 2009
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Gun Tracking Effort Lauded The acting head of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently applauded Hartford's efforts to track down illegal gun dealers on the street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 19, 2007
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Gun, Ammunition Found in School A gun and ammunition was found recently at Naylor School, brought there apparently by a 7th grader. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 21, 2005
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Half Million for New Public Safety Complex Mayor Eddie Perez and U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman announced recently that the U. S. Senate has passed legislation earmarking at least $500,000 in Federal funding for Hartford’s new Public Safety Complex and at least $200,000 in Federal monies for the City’s Youth Services Division. The new Public Safety Complex is being built on High Street in Downtown Hartford and will provide a central location for the city’s police, fire, and emergency response departments. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 19, 2006
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Halfway Measures New regulations create a challenge for ex-prisoners trying to return to a normal life. New restrictions were recently put in place as part of an ongoing reassessment of the state's criminal justice system. The roughly 1,200 former prisoners living in the state's halfway houses are now only allowed to leave halfway house facilities for work, religious services and treatment. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 04
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Hard Work On Crime In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that just a day after the horrific home invasion and murder of Mary Ellen Welsh in New Britain last Sunday, Gov. M. Jodi Rell was calling for a "three-strikes" law. This was not leadership, it was posturing. It was a sound-bite solution to a vastly more complex problem. By later in the week, Mrs. Rell and some legislative leaders broadened the discussion to such things as the rehabilitative capacity of prisons, GPS tracking and inmate re-entry. That's more like it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 06, 2008
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Hartford 2010: Resolutions for the New Year It’s way easier to delegate than to take on every last responsibility, so rather than work on gaining muscle mass or weaning herself off chocolate, Kerri Provost is creating a list of things she would like to see Hartford work on in the upcoming year. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: December 30, 2009
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Hartford Announces Plan To Deal With Gun Violence Spike Neighborhood leaders in Harford said recently that the unending violence, unchecked quality-of-life issues and the city's response are at the heart of their concerns about public safety. At a press conference at police headquarters, Mayor Eddie A. Perez and Hartford Chief of Police Daryl K. Roberts announced a "safe-city initiative" that calls for 30 new police recruits, additional foot and bicycle patrols, a horse unit, a citywide violence crime team and a continuation of its truancy program. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2008
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Hartford Chief Cracking Down On Police Offices Police Chief James Rovella is cracking down on the department's little-known but longtime practice of maintaining under-the-radar "offices" inside local storefronts. Rovella sent a memo to the deputy and assistant police chiefs on Aug. 16, 2013 asking them to provide a list of all such offices throughout the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 25, 2013
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Hartford Chief Roberts Leaving Job He's Always Wanted Ever since he was 11, all Daryl K. Roberts wanted to be was a cop. That all changes Friday, as Roberts, a Hartford native who started his career with the city police department three decades ago as a patrolman, retires after five years as chief. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 28, 2011
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Hartford Chief's Comments About City Draw Range Of Reactions Police Chief Daryl Roberts' recent declaration that Hartford has become toxic in its level of incivility sparked anger, questions and introspection as leaders and residents wondered if the capital city has reached some sort of tipping point. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 06, 2008
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Hartford Chief: State Police Help Coming Soon Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts said recently that he expects a state police contingent to be on the city's streets by the middle of June 2008. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 11, 2008
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Hartford City Council Concerned About Student Safety and Gangs Despite continued statements from Hartford Public Schools that there is little or no gang activity in the city's schools, at least one member of the city council says otherwise. And more are concerned. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: October 19, 2010
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Hartford City Council Considers Anti-Profiling Ordinance The city's police would be limited in their immigration enforcement and domestic surveillance activities under an ordinance the city council is considering. Introduced recently, the ordinance would prohibit the police department from participating in intelligence-collection programs involving federal immigration agencies, military officials or private data companies. It also would ban officers from engaging in surveillance not supported by a warrant specific to the time, place and target. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 19, 2010
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Hartford City, School Officials Try To Answer Questions About Gangs In Schools On October 20, 2009, city and school officials at two separate venues continued to try to answer questions about a recent police department report that gang activity is on the rise in city schools. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2009
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Hartford Community Court News and Updates, Summer 2012 The Spring Newsletter from the Hartford Community Court includes a description of Community Service at the Circus Fire memorial, a Department of Labor Work Orientation program and more. (PDF document, 16 pages) Published by State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch ; Publication Date: June 2012
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Hartford Community To Police: Show Us You Care Community leaders and residents addressed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Mayor Pedro Segarra and the city's police chief, James Rovella, recently, calling for proactive solutions to gun violence and better ways of working with newly released prisoners. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2013
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Hartford Cop Fired For Conduct Unbecoming In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that Hector Robles, who falsified department pay records, refused to act honorably and resign as a Hartford police officer after he got caught. So Chief Daryl K. Roberts did what he had to do: He terminated Mr. Robles this week for "a flagrant violation" of the department's code of conduct. Now Mr. Robles should resign the other office of public trust he has sullied — that of state representative from the 6th District in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 06, 2010
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Hartford Cops Investigated In Beating Of Prisoner Police are investigating three of their own after a prisoner was beaten Nov. 1, 2009. Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts said the investigation began shortly after police commanders learned of the assault, which was captured on the department's video monitoring system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 08, 2009
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Hartford Council Approves New Police Union Contract The city council recently approved a new, six-year labor agreement for the Hartford Police Union, which has been working under an expired contract for two years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2012
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Hartford Council OKs Rovella's Appointment As Chief The city council recently unanimously approved the mayor's appointment of James Rovella as police chief, even though a contractual agreement with the new chief has not yet been reached. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 13, 2012
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Hartford Crime Down, But Not Out Mayor Eddie Perez notes that even though more murders have occurred this year than last, crime levels are still below the five and ten year averages for the city. He describes his efforts to reduce gun violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2005
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Hartford Crime Rates Dip Hartford is on track to have one of the lowest numbers of homicides this year out of the last 30, with the city seeing a 20 percent drop this year compared with the same period last year. If nobody else is killed in the city before the end of the year, 2012 would have the fewest homicides since 2004. Along with the drop in homicides, there has been a reduction in serious crimes, defined as murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, larceny and auto theft. Since 2008, the total number of serious crimes has dropped by more than 13 percent, to 6,134 incidents as of Nov. 10, according to Hartford police statistics. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 25, 2012
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Hartford Echoes Crime Trend While crime overall was down last year in Hartford, an increase in murders and assaults in the state's capital was the same trend seen in smaller cities and rural communities across the country, according to FBI statistics. On average, cities with 50,000 to 500,000 people had the biggest increases in murder. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 13, 2006
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Hartford Fact Sheet 2004, Connecticut Violent Injury Statistics System (CVISS) Connecticut Violent Injury Statistics System (CVISS) is part of a national collaborative effort to gather information on violent deaths occurring in Connecticut. This fact sheet describes statistics on violent deaths in Hartford during 2004. (PDF document, 6 pages) Published by Connecticut Children's Medical Center ; Publication Date: October 10, 2006
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Hartford Father Grieves Son's Death In Unsolved Shooting James Evans Sr. is grieving for his son, who was murdered in Hartford only 5 days after he was released from prison in February 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 24, 2009
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Hartford Fire Department Awarded $3.4M FEMA Grant The city fire department has been awarded $3.4 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to hire more firefighters over the next two years — the largest federal grant to be given to a fire agency in Connecticut, officials said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 02, 2012
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Hartford Fire Department Promotes Deputy Chief A 25-year veteran of the Hartford Fire Department was promoted to deputy chief recently. Terry Waller was promoted along with several others in a ceremony at city hall. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 16, 2012
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Hartford Gun Buy-Back Set For Saturday The city's three trauma centers, law enforcement and now the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association are urging gun owners to hand over their unwanted firearms in exchange for grocery money. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2013
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Hartford Gun Buyback Nets 181 Firearms City officials collected 181 firearms as part of a gun buyback program last weekend, a 50 percent increase over the number of weapons collected last year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 06, 2012
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Hartford Gun Crimes Are Down A year after the Hartford Police Department began its Shooting Task Force, the department released results. Shootings and gun crimes are down. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: August 07, 2012
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Hartford Homicide Victims Are Remembered During Good Friday March, Vigil When Pamela Joiner got to the corner of Main Street and Albany Avenue early on Good Friday, she looked among hundreds of crosses for three names: Jumar Joiner, Shawn Linton and Anthony Joiner. But the names of her son, his best friend and her brother weren't easy to find among the 294 crosses, each carrying the name of a victim killed in violent crime in the city since 2000. Pamela Joiner was one of more than 100 people who attended a prayer vigil and anti-violence rally Friday organized by Mothers United Against Violence Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 02, 2010
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Hartford Library Pledges Increased Safety Measures The board of directors of the Hartford Public Library recently acknowledged that there have been safety and security issues in its newly renovated main branch and pledged to make the library a safer, more welcoming place for customers and employees. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 06, 2008
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Hartford Man Charged In Year-Old, Fatal Hit-And-Run Nearly a year after Angel Arce Torres was hit by a car on Park Street, a 33-year-old Hartford man was charged with driving the car that hit him, leaving him lying helpless in the middle of the street while bystanders looked on. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2009
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Hartford Mayor Cites Drop In Serious Crime Standing before a bar graph showing a steady, five-year decrease in serious crime in Hartford, Mayor Eddie A. Perez highlighted some law enforcement successes of the past year: A 9.6 percent decrease in serious crime since 2007; the formation of a team to combat gun offenses; and the start of an anonymous tip line that helped solve a shooting and three robberies. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 10, 2009
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Hartford Mayor Faults Handling Of Trinity Assault After a vicious assault on a Trinity College sophomore a few months ago, suspicions turned toward neighborhoods near its Hartford campus. The investigation into the March 4 attack has not produced any arrests, but police are now investigating the possibility that fellow Trinity students beat the victim. Hartford residents of the neighborhoods ringing the campus are right to feel that blame was unfairly cast upon them. The liberal arts college is taking steps to patch up its relationship with the community, but the episode remains a sore spot particularly for some Hispanic leaders. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 04, 2012
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Hartford Mayor Protests Hate Speech On Courant Website Mayor Eddie A. Perez ratcheted up his campaign against "racist comments and hate speech" posted by readers on Courant.com by holding a protest outside the newspaper's Broad Street headquarters. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 21, 2008
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Hartford Mayor Slams Courant's Web Forum In an open letter, Mayor Eddie A. Perez asks The Hartford Courant to immediately ban what he describes as racist comments and hate speech on the discussion forums on the newspaper's website. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 17, 2008
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Hartford Mulls Spending $2.5M For New Garage At Public Safety Complex The city is proposing setting aside $2.5 million to build a new parking structure near its public safety complex to address concerns over a shortage of parking at the facility, which opened in January 2013. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2013
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Hartford Needs To Lighten Up The Convention Center and Hotel, the Science Center, and other developments will bring many pedestrian visitors to downtown Hartford. They would feel safer and see more of the area if lighting was improved. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 19, 2005
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Hartford Neighborhood Sets Up Surveillance Cameras On Street To Deter Speeding If you're driving north on Terry Road toward Bloomfield or using it as a shortcut south to downtown Hartford — watch your speed. Because you might be caught on videotape. Or maybe not. A small group of residents calling themselves the Terry Road Action Committee mounted two surveillance cameras on a tree along the street in October. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 28, 2010
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Hartford Neighborhoods Demand Action On Crime, Other Problems Frustrated that police don't consistently respond to their calls about nightclub patrons making noise and parking illegally on their residential streets, residents of Hartford's North End neighborhoods demanded recently that city officials become attentive. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2008
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Hartford Neighbors Fed Up With The Nightlife Tom Condon recently attended a community meeting in the Northeast neighborhood where people were fed up with the noise and related nuisances coming from the increasingly popular nightclubs along the northern stretch of Main Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 26, 2007
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Hartford Noise Ordinance Enforcement Data on the number of noise violations in Hartford in which the police wrote tickets to violators, comparing the period from 1/1/08 to 8/15/08 to the same period in 2009 (1/1/09 to 8/15/09). The data demonstrates the stepped up enforcement of Hartford's new noise ordinance. Published by Hartford Police Department ; Publication Date: August 15, 2009
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Hartford Officer Accused Of Beating Prisoner Is Arrested City police Officer Rhashim Campbell, one of two officers accused of beating a prisoner at headquarters Nov. 1, was arrested recently. Campbell, 30, was charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and a felony charge of fabricating evidence, police said. Police say he also faces administrative charges at the department. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 11, 2009
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Hartford Officer on Administrative Duty as Fatal Shooting is Probed Jashon Bryant, 18, was killed by a gun shot to the head on May 7th in Hartford's North End around 7:30 PM. As the investigation continues, Robert Lawlor, who fired his gun, has been placed on administrative duty. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 9, 2005
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Hartford Officials Hope Rovella Contract Finalized By Midweek City officials said they hope to finalize a contract with James Rovella, who was named Hartford's new police chief, by August 29, 2012. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 27, 2012
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Hartford Officials Pleased With Police Crackdown On Quality-Of-Life Issues Hartford officials are pleased with the results of this summer's crackdown on quality-of-life disturbances, they said recently. A $100,000 initiative has helped increase police enforcement of complaints about noise, street racing and loitering. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 21, 2009
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Hartford Officials Support Red-Light Cameras Mayor Pedro Segarra and Democratic state Sen. John Fonfara of Hartford gave their public backing recently to the latest attempt to pass a bill legalizing red-light enforcement cameras in this city and a dozen other large Connecticut municipalities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 26, 2012
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Hartford On Cutting Edge Of Anti-Gun Initiative More than a year ago, law enforcement officers from Hartford, the surrounding suburbs and state and federal agencies began quietly collecting information about the city's most violent criminals. The Hartford Shooting Task Force identified the 75 to 125 people responsible for most of the city's serious crime, tracked the offenders and forged relationships with them, their families and the community in an effort to deter violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 21, 2013
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Hartford Police Chief Announces Retirement Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts, saying he was leaving on his own terms, announced recently that he would retire Dec. 31, 2011 after 30 years with the city police department. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 24, 2011
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Hartford Police Chief Search Could Take Longer Than Planned Hartford officials say they will likely miss their February deadline for picking a new person to run the police department. The current police chief's tenure ends December 31st. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: December 19, 2011
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Hartford Police Chief: Health Care Issue Delaying Appointment For weeks, James Rovella's appointment as the city's next police chief has been delayed, most recently due to a contractual issue that the mayor's office said it was working to resolve. Recently, it became clear what was holding up the appointment. When asked by a city council member whether he would accept the job without lifetime health care benefits, Rovella replied "No." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 30, 2012
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Hartford Police Continue to Struggle with Image Hartford Police continue to face complaints from citizens about discriminatory and abusive treatment of minorities. Abuse is the issue at the heart of Cintron vs. Vaughan consent decree – the lawsuit which is nearing its end after 37 years. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 10, 2010
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Hartford Police Contract: Smart Moves, Still Too Costly The city council approved a new, six-year labor agreement last week with the Hartford Police Union, whose members have been working under an expired contract for two years. The new contract includes wage freezes for the two fiscal years since the last agreement, and raises in the coming four years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 08, 2012
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Hartford Police Department Five Year Part 1 Crime Summary: January 1st—December 2nd 2002—2006 A summary of Part I Crimes (Murder, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny, Motor Vehicle Theft) for five years, from January 2002 to December 2006. (PDF file, 7 pages) Published by Hartford Police Department ; Publication Date: January 2007
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Hartford Police Department, 2007 Year End Report A summary of crime statistics for 2007, for the city of Hartford, and its community policing districts for the period January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007. Published by Hartford Police Department
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Hartford Police Internal Affairs Finds Officers At Fault A Hartford Police Department internal affairs investigation has concluded that two city police officers and a supervisor violated department policies in connection with the beating of a prisoner in his cell in November 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 05, 2010
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Hartford Police Memo Cites Alarming Increase In Gang Recruitment In Schools The city is suffering from a "gang infestation," with more than 138 street gangs and 4,000 members, including 800 under age 17, according to an internal police memorandum obtained by The Courant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 16, 2009
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Hartford Police Need To Do More To Solve Homicides Helen Ubiñas writes that in a recent story about Hartford's unsolved homicides, Police Chief Daryl Roberts said one of the biggest obstacles to solving cases is getting information from citizens. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 10, 2011
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Hartford Police Officer Fired Officer Rhashim Campbell, who police said beat a prisoner last year, was fired recently. A hearing panel of three Hartford police captains found that Campbell violated two articles of the police department's code of conduct. Police said: “He used unnecessary force and he made a false entry in a police department record.” Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 05, 2010
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Hartford Police See a Rise in PCP-Laced Mint The Vice and Narcotics Division of the Hartford Police Department has seen a marked increase in use of PCP soaked in mint leaves. Users place a leaf under their tongues for the drastic high it delivers. There have been 2,078 drug arrests in Hartford this year, up 8 percent from 1,931 arrests last year. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 07, 2010
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Hartford Police Stats Show Drop In Serious Crime Days after a double homicide opened the new year, Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts and Mayor Pedro Segarra announced a decrease in serious crime in the city in 2010, including a double-digit percentage drop in homicides. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 04, 2011
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Hartford Police Still Investigating Trinity College Assault A Trinity student was brutally assaulted just off campus in March 2012, and police say one possibility they're looking into is that his attackers may have been Trinity students. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: April 05, 2012
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Hartford Police Tell Volunteer School Crossing Guard To Stop Or Face Arrest Hartford police told Raymond Vail to stop helping children cross the street to get to school. Vail's tale starts at the beginning of the school year, when he walked his granddaughter, A'netrice, a first-grader, to the Achievement First Academy on Lyme Street and saw the chaos in front of the building. So Vail, 61, a disabled Vietnam-era veteran, took it upon himself to keep kids safe by directing traffic. School officials say they welcomed Vail's effort. But, recently he got a call from a police officer telling him that if he didn't stop directing traffic or crossing children other than his granddaughter, he would be arrested for obstructing traffic. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 07, 2009
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Hartford Police To Remain At Former Quirk West Building After months of lobbying from Mayor Pedro Segarra, the school board has agreed to allow the police department to use the former Quirk Middle School campus indefinitely for training and youth programs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2012
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Hartford Police Union OKs New Contract With City The Hartford Police Union has signed off on a new six-year labor agreement with the city that includes wage freezes in its first two years and raises in the subsequent four years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 18, 2012
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Hartford Police Unit's Goals: Reduce Domestic Violence, Keep Families Whole The Hartford Police Department has formed a new domestic violence unit that will begin training this week and should start work by early February 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2010
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Hartford Postpones Police Recruit Training Class The belt-tightening at Hartford city hall has led to the postponement of an upcoming class of police recruits. The class of 30, which was scheduled to begin a six-month training course in April 2009, will instead begin in July 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2009
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Hartford Public Safety Complex Nearing Completion With construction finished on the 150,000-square-foot public safety complex on High Street, the city is looking to hire a consulting firm to help plan its move. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 08, 2012
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Hartford Ranks 24th On Crime List The city has cracked the top 25 in a listing of cities with the worst crime rates in the country. "City Crime Rates 2009-2010: Crime in Metropolitan America," ranked Hartford 24th, three spots behind Philadelphia and six places ahead of Newark, N.J., in a listing of 393 cities with populations of 75,000 and above. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 24, 2009
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Hartford Receives 46 Applications For Police Chief's Job The city received 46 applications for chief of police, but none from within the Hartford Police Department, city officials said. Acting Police Chief James Rovella did not submit an application, said Jared Kupiec, the mayor's chief of staff. Although Rovella did not apply, the mayor has the option to appoint him as the permanent chief. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 23, 2012
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Hartford Reports Drop In Crime Crime in Hartford decreased for the second straight year in 2006, with double-digit percentage declines in murder, rape and burglary, a new report shows. But although crime fell more than 5 percent overall last year - and nearly 17 percent in the past two years - gunfire in the city continued to rise. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 14, 2007
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Hartford School Superintendent Gave Parents A Show Of Arrogance, Disrespect Helen Ubiñas writes that if she hadn't witnessed Hartford School Superintendent Steven Adamowski berating parents for having the nerve to press for a public discussion about gangs in city schools, she'd never have truly appreciated how deep his disrespect runs. She accuses him of denying, downplaying and ultimately dismissing parents’ concerns. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 22, 2009
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Hartford Schools, Police Sign Agreement To Curb Student Arrests Police Chief James Rovella and Superintendent Christina Kishimoto have signed a document that promises to reduce the number of city students who are arrested at school and cast into the court system for minor offenses. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 02, 2012
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Hartford Searches For New Police Chief In September, Hartford's police chief announced he'd be retiring at the end of 2012. Now, city officials say a new chief won't be selected by the time the old one leaves. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: November 10, 2011
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Hartford Selects Three Finalists For Police Chief A seven-member panel has chosen three finalists to be the city's next police chief, but Interim Chief James Rovella is still heavily favored for the job. The finalists of a national search were announced recently: Frank Straub, public safety director in Indianapolis, Ind.; William Heim, police chief in Reading, Pa.; and Irving Bradley Jr., a former Newark police chief who is now vice president for education safety and security with Bowles Corporate Services in Clifton, N.J. Rovella did not formally apply for the job, but the mayor can still appoint him and is considering him for the position. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 05, 2012
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Hartford Students To Get Training In Finding Nonviolent Solutions Recently, 25 students from the Hartford Public School District learned the principles of nonviolent solutions to solve conflict during a three-week training course at Weaver High School's Culinary Arts Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 13, 2012
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Hartford Students, Parents Offer Different Perspectives On School Safety Among the results of a recent school climate survey is that parents think city schools are safer than what their children believe them to be, district administrators said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 07, 2013
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Hartford Superintendent Says Reports Of Gangs At School Inaccurate Superintendent Steven Adamowski, in an e-mail sent to school board members and other officials, said that reports of gang activity in the city schools are "inaccurate." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 20, 2009
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Hartford Youth Violence: A Failure Of Hope This op-ed discusses the role of hope and hopelessness in the spike in youth violence in Hartford recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2006
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Hartford's Bad Rep Is Bad Rap Donald Poland wants to set the record straight. He relates his experiences in living in Hartford. In the five years he has lived in Frog Hollow, he has never been assaulted, never had his house or car broken into, never heard a gunshot. He does not live in fear. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 22, 2006
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Hartford's Curfew Fix Hartford officials responded to a weekend melee during which 11 people were shot with a 30-day curfew for people under the age of 18. Everyone agrees it's a short-term solution. So what comes next? Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 21, 2008
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Hartford's Greatest Danger: Ignoring The Dangers Helen Ubiñas suggests that crime in Hartford is generally not random violence. Crime is promoted by those who ignore what they see. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 24, 2005
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Hartford's Ongoing Disaster In this opinion piece, the author suggests that there is much to be learned about Hartford, and its homicide rate, from a comparison to New Orleans and Katrina. The central questions (for New Orleans or Hartford are: who has the power to construct the city, who has the power to move, who has the power to remember? Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 22, 2009
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Hartford's Plague of Boxes City officials have noticed a proliferation of boxes containing advertising circulars cluttering city streets. The Hartford Courant, distributor of the circulars, is protesting the removal of the boxes. A fair balance between the commercial interests and the esthetic needs of city and neighborhoods is needed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 11, 2005
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Hartford, City Agencies Earn Grants The city of Hartford and nearly a dozen local organizations have received more than $6 million in federal grants, part of a $19 million package of grants for projects statewide. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2009
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Hartford, State Officials To Form Gun Violence Task Force State police and the state's attorney's office are planning a new task force to work with city police during summer 2011 to combat increasing gun violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 24, 2011
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Hartford, State Police Go After City Crime State police recently began a 15-week joint effort with Hartford police to reduce violence and combat crime on city streets. Operation Safe City 2008 features the addition of 12 uniformed state troopers and two supervisors under an agreement reached between state and city police officials, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2008
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Hartford: Jashon Bryant's Family Gathers At His Grave On His Birthday Every year, family and friends gather at Jashon Bryant's grave in the city's North End to mark his birthday. Emotions ran especially high during the visit recently, a day after a jury acquitted former Hartford Det. Robert Lawlor of manslaughter and assault charges in the May 2005 shooting of Bryant, 18. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 10, 2009
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Hartford: Who Cares? Helen Ubiñas comments that it's more than a little frustrating to see how little has changed in Hartford over the years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2007
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Hartford’s Black Eye Hartford’s reputation nosedived this month as the national news media played — and replayed — a 90-second video of a hit-and-run on Park Street that left a 78-year-old man paralyzed from the neck down. As the horrific accident became fodder for national news reports and cable talk shows, crime experts and city business leaders expressed concern that the negative image of the city could hinder Hartford’s revitalization efforts. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 16, 2008
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Hartford’s Gun Violence Some of the essays that students at Fox Middle School wrote this past week about the recent spate of shootings in Hartford are reprinted here. During a five-day period, 16 people were shot in several neighborhoods in Hartford's North End. Two of them were Fox Middle School students, one of whom was killed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 4, 2006
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HartfordInfo Today: Summer in the City Video A video of the July 8, 2010 community program, HartfordInfo Today: Summer in the City, Quality of Life in the City, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: July 8, 2010
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Hasty Posturing In this opinion piece, the author suggests that for 40 years Connecticut’s political, academic, and business leaders have been holding conferences about the decline of Hartford and the state’s other cities. Now two crimes in Hartford within a few days of each other have become sensational. One was the savage beating and robbery of former Deputy Mayor Nicholas Carbone. The other was the running down of Angel Torres on Park Street. Nothing the state has done has had any bearing on the city’s poverty and its cause, fatherlessness and child neglect. The government cannot police everyone; people have to know how to behave. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 16, 2008
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He Loves City, Warts And All Susan Campbell profiles Kenneth Thompson, whose Hartford basketball tournament, mentoring program, and the school backpack giveaway he organized, are part of a city's best defense against violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 29, 2007
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Head Of Mayor's Initiative Tapped For Project Longevity Organizers of Project Longevity, a program targeting violent criminals, have tapped Tiana Hercules to help coordinate the effort in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 18, 2013
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Help Awaits on the Outside The street violence sending city youngsters to emergency rooms and to the morgue was behind the mayor's visit to Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire recently. About 20% of the inmates who are incarcerated there are from Hartford and most of them will return to the city's streets within a year or so. Perez wanted to hear from prisoners about what the city might be able to do to help them succeed when they're released - and to gently put them on notice that he's paying attention to the direction they're taking. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2005
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Heroism Or Hesitation? In the nearly two weeks since Angel Arce Torres was hit by a reckless driver who fled the scene, there has been endless dissection of a videotape of the Hartford accident and endless hand-wringing over whether bystanders took too long to come to his aid. There are social psychologists who say it has nothing to do with heartlessness and everything to do with how our mind works in an emergency, while an ethicist sees it as a failure to act on our shared values. A media expert sees people isolated by fear instilled by all that they read and hear in the media, while a psychiatrist sees it as a failure of human connection. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 11, 2008
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High School Students Create Mob Scene Downtown Five Hartford students were arrested last week following a high school fight. But police say this wasn’t a regular brawl. It was pre-arranged by students from various city schools – and they spread the word by text message. Police say the possibly gang-related event converged on the heart of downtown. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: September 16, 2010
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Hispanics and the Criminal Justice System: Low Confidence, High Exposure At a time when Latinos are interacting more than ever with police, courts and prisons, their confidence in the U.S. criminal justice system is closer to the low levels expressed by blacks than to the high levels expressed by whites, according to a pair of nationwide surveys by the Pew Research Center. (PDF document, 23 pages) Published by Pew Hispanic Center ; Publication Date: April 7, 2009
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Hit-And-Run Victim Is Center Of Relatives' Universe Angel Arce Torres, 78, struck by a hit-and-run driver as he crossed Park Street in May 2008 remains paralyzed from the neck down. His life, once brimming with things to do and places to go, is now contained within a small room in the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. The accident, captured on videotape, drew national attention. For a brief moment, the grainy image of Torres on the ground in full view of people who seemed — in this snippet of tape — indifferent to his plight became, in the eyes of many, the tragic embodiment of a city out of control. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 26, 2008
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Home Invasion Spurs More Police Checks For Sex Offenders When Hartford police detectives went to the Open Hearth recently, they got permission to confirm the whereabouts of 17 registered sex offenders who listed the Charter Oak Avenue emergency shelter as their residence. But a half-block away at the Stewart B. McKinney Shelter on Huyshope Avenue, officers were denied entry in their attempt to locate 43 registered sex offenders who listed that facility as their home. The officers resorted to waiting on the sidewalk to interview people as they came and went. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 06, 2008
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House Tackles Drug Law Disparities State representatives, in a 92-52 vote, approved an amendment to a 1987 law targeting the crack cocaine trade. The law currently states that an individual with either 28 grams of powder cocaine or 0.5 of a gram of crack cocaine can be convicted for intent to sell. The amendment would change the amounts to 28 grams for either powder or crack cocaine. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2005
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How Legal Weapons Fuel Gun Crime The recent shootings in Hartford have drawn attention to what Mayor Eddie Perez called "the underlying social issues that result in violence," including lack of parental authority, loss of hope by young people, relations between the community and police, and improving services to at-risk kids. All of these issues need to be addressed. But a key question has been ignored: Where do they get the guns? Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2006
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How To Beat City Crime: Legalize Drugs Dr. Bob Painter comments that taking the control of Hartford's $42 million drug market from criminals and placing it in the hands of citizens who will be responsible for regulating it seems a strikingly sensible strategy. Unless we try a new approach that includes regulating and taxing the use of marijuana, and emphasizing harm reduction measures for problem drug users by getting them into treatment rather than jail, the trade in illegal drugs will continue to ravage our Capital. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 13, 2009
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HPD Stations More Cops at High Schools As part of the effort to fight crime, HPD created Conditions Teams, mobile groups of police officers who can shift duties in neighborhoods to respond to the largest gathering threats. In April 2008, the Conditions Teams were stationed at Weaver and Hartford Public High Schools. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 28, 2008
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Human Trafficking: Slavery in Our Day and Age Video A video of the July 29, 2011 community program, Human Trafficking: Slavery in Our Day and Age, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: July 29, 2011
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Hundreds Dedicate Circus Fire Memorial On the 61st anniversary of the worst fire in the state's history, several hundred people attended a dedication ceremony of the Hartford Circus Fire Memorial. The memorial, located in a field behind the Fred D. Wish Elementary school in North Hartford, was erected on the site of the disaster. The dedication ceremony was the culmination of four years of work by the Hartford Circus Fire Memorial Foundation's members who raised about $125,000 and helped design the monument. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 7, 2005
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Hundreds Of Hartford Residents Turn Out Against Violence Bushnell Park was recently filled with people for a vigil that was part outdoor concert, part neighborhood rally, part solemn, part hope. "Hartford Cares," organized in the wake of high-profile violence of the past month, drew several hundred people to the sprawling lawn as musicians and dancers performed, speakers offered stories of lives transformed in Hartford, community groups solicited volunteers and more than a few visitors offered their own prescriptions for change. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 01, 2008
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Illicit Activities At Library? Police Chief Reacts One day after a Courant investigation documented ongoing security and public safety problems at the newly renovated downtown Hartford Public Library, the city's chief of police made it very clear what library staff and members of the public should do when they observe bad behavior. Call the police, Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts advised. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2008
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In A Too-Violent City, Fertile Ground For Hope The urban plot on the grounds of Hartford's Charter Oak Cultural Center has blossomed with the help, donations and expertise of Urban Oaks Organics Farms in New Britain, among others. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 13, 2008
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In Aftermath Of Violent Weekend, Hartford Residents Question Police Efforts A string of shootings over the weekend left Michael Bailey and 16-year-old DaJon Walcott from Windsor dead, and nine others injured, police said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2012
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In City, Demand Visits Supply Helen Ubiñas comments on the connection between violence and the drug trade. The murder trial of a young man accused of killing a Colchester man in a drug deal that went bad shows that the urban drug trade is fueled by demand from the suburbs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 10, 2005
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In Hartford, Mayor And Police Chief Assure Residents About Steps To Quell Violence A week after one of the most violent weekends in recent memory, Segarra and Interim Police Chief James Rovella held an "On the Beat" appearance: visits to neighborhoods begun last summer during another outbreak of violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2012
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In Lawlor Case, A Neighborhood Also Was On Trial Helen Ubiñas writes that the anger was evident after former Hartford police Det. Robert Lawlor was acquitted of manslaughter and assault charges for killing 18-year-old Jashon Bryant in 2005. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 10, 2009
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In Lawlor Manslaughter Trial, Jurors Begin Deliberations When Robert Lawlor became a police officer more than two decades ago, he took an oath to lawfully protect and serve the city. With that, Lawlor was obligated to protect citizens — even if it meant using deadly force, as in the May 7, 2005, fatal shooting of 18-year-old Jashon Bryant, Lawlor's attorney, Michael A. Georgetti, said during closing arguments recently in Lawlor's manslaughter trial. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 05, 2009
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In Need Of Some Seasoning Stan Simpson asks: “Has the exodus of veteran city police officers in the past five years resulted in new blood that, while bringing more energy, has no real pulse on the community?” Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 19, 2008
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In Recovery A grassroots program at a North End health center is salvaging lost lives. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: February 23, 2010
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In The Hot Seat Police Chief Patrick Harnett fights crime by dissecting numbers, and he is reassured that the city's overall crime rate has dropped 12.6 percent this year. But brazen gun violence persists on the streets, and that has some residents worried about the chief's approach. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 19, 2005
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Incarceration Nation Prisons are the current US growth industry. Connecticut has 17,000 prison inmates with another 50,000 on parole. Black and Latino men make up less than six percent of the state's population but account for 68 percent of the prison population, and 70 percent are in prison for drug-related charges. It costs $600 million a year to operate the state prison system. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 26, 2010
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Injustice Heaped On Black Men The Innocence Project, run by two Yeshiva University law professors, is closing in on its 200th exoneration since the organization started as a class project 15 years ago. The chilling data it's compiling are an indictment of our public-safety and judicial systems and how much we have evolved when it comes to matters of race and criminal justice. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 7, 2007
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Inmates' Forgotten Children Stan Simpson expresses the opinion that the state should use the $600 million it now spends on Connecticut prisons and transform them into educational and counseling centers. The greatest predictor of whether a child will end up in prison is whether or not they've had a mother or father in prison. Society has to reduce recidivism, and also remind the heirs of inmates that a prison stint is not a birthright, or something in their DNA. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 05, 2007
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Internal Affairs Commander Says He's Eager To Make Changes The commander of the Hartford Police Department's internal affairs division said recently he supports the recommendations of an independent investigation report that criticized the division's operations under a different leader, and that he's eager to implement them as quickly as possible. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 27, 2011
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Interview with the Chief Until recently, Daryl Roberts was planning to retire from the Hartford Police Department at the end of this summer and assume a top-level security position at the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC). And then he was asked to take over as Hartford’s top cop upon the retirement of Chief Patrick Harnett. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 12, 2006
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Irony Is Our Name Several weeks ago, the Rising Star Committee selected our umbrella firm, Hartford Publications (of the Hartford News, the Downtowner, Greater Hartford Magazine …) to develop and promote seven weekends in Hartford. The modest assignment we’ve received is to take weekends that already have events and lure more folks to the events, to city restaurants and hopefully, to our hotels for overnight visits. While the day the project started was the day all the bad news hit and the whole world saw that infamous video, the weekends will be an opportunity to change the channel. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: June 19, 2008
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Is Image Obscuring Reality? Helen Ubiñas expresses the opinion that at the very least, Hartford cops suffer from a major image problem. Many residents agree tension between police and the community is an ongoing reality. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 5, 2007
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Is Racial Profiling a Problem in Hartford? The issue of racial profiling is working its way to the front burner in Hartford as City Councilman Luis Cotto continues to push for an ordinance that would place new limits on how city police conduct searches and launch investigations. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 24, 2010
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It Still Takes A Village This editorial expresses the opinion that when a teenager is out at 1:30 a.m. with a gun, that is a sign of minimal parental influence. The community has to respond at the first sign of such neglect, because by the time the kid is on the street with a gun, it's often too late. A team or case management approach for the children who need it, coordinated by school officials, would be a way to do it. It would build on an existing partnership between police and the board of education, which has succeeded in keeping violence out of the schools. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 2, 2006
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It's Time For Men To Mentor Stan Simpson expresses the opinion that in Hartford, there's a dire need for more men to MEN-tor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 16, 2008
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Jailhouse Blues Visiting a loved one in jail is traumatic enough without having to pass through a hellhole on your way in. At the Hartford Correctional Center on Weston Street, recent renovations forced the relocation of the visitors' entrance from the front of the building to the back, where it was replaced by a ghastly mess. Although the state Department of Corrections embarked on the $27 million renovation in March 2002, this jury-rigged entrance remains visitors' only access. To be fair, much of the construction, including a new gym, kitchen and visitors' lobby, will benefit the prisoners. But for now, it's wreaking havoc. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 24, 2006
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James Rovella Appointed Interim Hartford Police Chief James C. Rovella, head of the Hartford Shooting Task Force and chief inspector at the chief state's attorney's office, recently took over as the city's interim police chief. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 15, 2012
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Jim Downey's War Former Hartford businessman Jim Downey is locked in an ugly fight with the city of Hartford. The conflict is delaying the new Public Safety Complex in the city’s North End. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: February 21, 2008
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Jobs And Sticking To The Script; Dispatches From Garden Street Three of Hartford's 21 homicides this year have occurred on Garden Street; another six nearby. Courant columnist Helen Ubiñas and photographer Rick Hartford spent a week in and around the North End neighborhood talking to residents about living and surviving in, one of Hartford's tougher neighborhoods. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 07, 2009
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Judge Grants Reward In Park Street Hit-And-Run An acquaintance of Luis Negron's, the driver in a fatal hit-and-run on Park Street in Hartford in 2008 that took the life of Angel Arce Torres, was paid a $10,000 reward recently for giving police information that led to Negron's arrest and conviction. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2010
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Judge Rejects Hartford's Motion To Dismiss Ex-Police Officer's Lawsuit A judge has rejected the city's motion to dismiss a civil lawsuit brought by former police Det. Robert Lawlor. Lawlor, while working on an investigation involving drugs and guns in 2005, shot two men as they sat in a car. Jashon Bryant, 18, was shot in the head and killed. Brandon Henry, 21, was shot in the chest, then drove away before crashing into a parked car several blocks away. Police recovered drugs from the car, but no gun was ever found. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 19, 2011
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Judge Sides With Arbitration Board In Matthew Secore Case The Hartford Police Department shouldn't have fired Officer Matthew Secore, who was arrested in connection with the assault of former Mayor Eddie Perez's nephew, but instead suspended him for three months without pay and required him to complete an anger management course, a superior court judge ruled. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2011
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Judge Will Have Last Word On Park Street Hit-And-Run Plea Bargain In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that who can blame the family of Angel Arce Torres for wishing that the reckless driver who smashed into the elderly Hartford resident on Park Street almost two years ago, on May 30, 2008, had gone to trial? Mr. Negron's trial was to begin recently. The victim's son, Angel Arce, was hoping for a conviction and long sentence. But before the trial was under way, Mr. Negron pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and evading responsibility. As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors recommended that he go to prison for 10 to 12 years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2010
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Judge: Father Of Slain Youth Can Stay In Court A Superior Court judge ruled recently against a bid to bar the father of slain teenager Jashon Bryant from the Hartford courthouse. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 22, 2007
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Jury Selection Set For Wednesday In Lawlor Police Shooting Case Jury selection began recently in the trial of a former Hartford police detective accused of fatally shooting 18-year-old Jashon Bryant and wounding another person while working with federal authorities on an anti-gun task force in May 2005. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2009
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Justice For Troubled Teens This Courant editorial expresses the opinion that children with behavioral issues need treatment, not punishment. So it is a huge relief that the state Senate approved a bill ensuring that 16- and 17-year-olds who get in trouble with the law land in juvenile court rather than adult prison. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2007
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Juvenile Justice Advocates At the State Capitol Coming this summer, most 17-year-olds charged with crimes will go from being treated like adults to being treated in the juvenile justice system. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: March 23, 2012
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Juvenile Justice: They're Just Kids Teenagers under age 18 who are charged with misdemeanors can no longer be tried as adults in Connecticut. As of July 1, 2012, those under 18 charged with non-felonies are being handled by Connecticut’s juvenile courts. Class A and B felonies are still automatically handled in the adult courts regardless of the defendant’s age, but those under 18 who are charged with Class C and D felonies will get a hearing, after which the case could be sent to either the adult or juvenile court system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2012
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Juvenile Records Access Resisted Gov. M. Jodi Rell's proposal to allow the state Board of Pardons and Paroles access to sealed juvenile offender records is meeting resistance from youth advocates who are urging state lawmakers not to act hastily. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 20, 2008
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Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System: Raise the Age? Audio A audio recording of the April 16, 2007 community program, Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System: Raise the Age?, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: April 16, 2007
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Keeping An Eye On Gang Signs About 400 officials and community members from around the state gathered at the Connecticut Convention Center recently for a gang-prevention summit. About half of the participants represented Hartford agencies, schools and community groups. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 30, 2006
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Keeping Cops in Check Hartford City Councilman Luis Cotto says racial profiling remains a problem not only in Hartford but across the state. Cotto is currently working on a new article for the Hartford Municipal Code that would place limits on intelligence collection and profiling by police. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: July 01, 2010
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Keeping Drugs Illegal Costs Society Dearly Tom Condon expresses the opinion that the state should pass the medical marijuana law, for humanitarian reasons. It should also pass the decriminalization bill, making posession of small amouns of marijuana an infraction. If we took the profit motive away from criminals, this would be a different country. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2011
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Keeping It Robust But Civil Online Steve Carver, president, publisher and chief executive officer of The Hartford Courant, writes about the changes the company is making to rid the online comment board from hateful speech and derogatory comments. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 29, 2008
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Killer Facing 65 Years in Prison Marcus Fair, 24, of Hartford, has been sentenced to life in prison for killing DeWayne Knowlin on Jan. 13, 2004. Fair wanted payback over the fatal shooting of his cousin, Steven Granger, in the Nelton Court area about three months earlier. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 10, 2005
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Laurel Street Neighbors Meet About Block Watch A block watch is forming on Laurel Street, led by Sallie Toussaint of Niles Street. With the help of Community Service Police Officer Jim Barrett, Sallie has been organizing the neighbors. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 07, 2009
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Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund: An Uneven Split The appeal arrives on the personalized stationery of Mrs. Stephanie Lawlor, an emotional plea for contributions to a legal defense fund for her husband, former Hartford cop Robert Lawlor, who was indicted on "trumped-up charges" in the 2005 shooting death of 18-year-old Jashon Bryant. Lawlor's request has landed in mailboxes all over the country. And it is a fund drive that works.The nonprofit behind the note, the Virginia-based Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, has already sent $45,000 to Lawlor and his attorney, with thousands more expected. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 23, 2008
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Law Would Put Brakes On Street Racing This might be the ultimate challenge in traffic calming. As the weather gets warmer, Hartford officials are girding for another battle against illegal street racing. Now the Connecticut General Assembly is considering a law that would allow police to impound any vehicle involved in illegal racing for 30 days. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 28, 2009
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Law Would Require Store Security The Hartford city council has drafted an ordinance that would require convenience stores to obtain a permit if they wish to stay open past 10 p.m. The ordinance targets stores such as bodegas and mini-marts connected to gasoline stations, but not restaurants and larger supermarkets with at least 10,000 square feet of retail space. The smaller stores have become a hotbed for nuisance crimes, such as loitering, and more serious problems, such as narcotics sales and armed robberies, city officials said. The new permit, which would cost $100 a year, would require the stores to have security cameras and alarm systems. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 8, 2007
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Lawmakers Promote Plan To Reduce Youth Violence U.S. Rep. John Larson of Connecticut and U.S. Rep. Robert Scott of Virginia recently came to Weaver High School to discuss federal legislation that would, if passed, put $2.9 billion each year into the hands of local organizations that work to understand and prevent youth violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2008
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Lawmakers Tangle On Justice Reform As state legislators prepared for a special session on criminal justice reforms, Republicans and Democrats were still battling over a "three strikes" law and struggling over how to create a new law against home invasions. The two sides have been clashing despite a show of bipartisan unity as they stood together in a joint appearance with Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell to call for reforms in the aftermath of the triple slayings last summer in Cheshire. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 21, 2008
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Lawyer: Shooting Justified The lawyer for Hartford police Officer Robert Lawlor has written a scathing rebuttal to a report released last month that concluded Lawlor was not justified in shooting and killing a teenager last year and should face criminal charges in the incident. Lawlor's attorney, Michael Georgetti, wrote the rebuttal in response to a report prepared by Waterbury State's Attorney John Connelly, who oversaw a grand jury investigation into the May 7, 2005, shooting in the city's North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2006
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Lawyers Denied Pretrial Access A Superior Court judge in Hartford ruled recently that the lawyers representing the family of a teenager killed by a Hartford police officer can no longer attend the officer's pretrial negotiations. Attorneys Joseph Moniz and Jefferson Jelly are representing the family in a civil suit against Hartford Police Officer Robert Lawlor. Lawlor has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Jashon Bryant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 7, 2007
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Left Outdoors, School Activists Invited In Through a misunderstanding, members of the newly formed Milner Elementary School Community Board were under the impression that school officials had banned the group from meeting in the parents' lounge, and so met outside the school. The schoolyard meetings were quickly consigned to history. The activists will be meeting inside the building on Tuesday mornings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 14, 2005
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Legalizing Drugs Would Stop The Bleeding Lethal violence around illegal drugs has been a scourge of Hartford for more than three decades. Despite the best efforts of two generations of police officers as well as prosecutors and others, it continues. But there is an argument that ending the war on drugs would improve lives in urban black communities and the country at large. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 09, 2011
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Legislation Banning Sex Offenders To Be Reintroduced State Rep. Kelvin Roldan said he plans to resurrect a bill that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a city elementary or secondary school, a measure that didn't make it out of the legislature's judiciary committee last year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 05, 2011
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Legislative Committee Gives Green Light To Camera Enforcement At Red Lights The legislature's transportation committee voted Friday to approve a bill that would enable any Connecticut municipality with a population of more than 60,000 to install cameras to take pictures of red-light violators at intersections, and to impose a fine of $124 for each violation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2011
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Let's Try To Turn Hartford Around Tom Condon proposes a variety of projects to help turn Hartford around, from funding a teen pregnancy prevention program to summer youth recreational programs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2008
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Library Too Lax In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that the Hartford Public Library system has developed in many wonderful ways in recent years. But the library administration has been woefully lax with regard to bad behavior by some library patrons and, perhaps, in following these particular federal rules. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 30, 2008
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Listen Up: They May Grow To Like This Helen Ubiñas writes about the proposal to play classical music in Hartford's Barnard Park in an effort to fight crime. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 5, 2006
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Live Long, And Prove Your Worth Helen Ubiñas expresses the opinion that we have to stop making excuses for the young people in Hartford. It's undeniable they face poverty, hopelessness and other hardships each day, but we have to stop explaining away their self-destruction, their recklessness, their unwillingness to make the hard decisions. We have to hold them accountable. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 30, 2006
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Local Man Sworn In As Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts was sworn in recently as Chief of the Hartford Police Department at city hall. The Hartford native officially became the city's 21st permanent police chief before a crowd of city officials, neighborhood activists and citizens. They chanted his name when Roberts, 47, turned to face them after he was sworn in. His wife pinned his new badge to his jacket, and the crowd cheered. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 13, 2006
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Lockdown Activists seek more help with substance abuse and job placement for those behind bars. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 20
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Major Crime Down In City, But Images Of Violence Linger In a year when major crime declined slightly in Hartford, it's difficult to forget a bloody night in August when a relative of the city's police chief was killed and six juveniles were wounded by gunfire in a violent end to the festive West Indian parade. Looking back on a year that also saw the brutal beating of a long-ago deputy mayor and a nationally televised hit-and-run on Park Street that left an elderly man paralyzed, police officials say there is reason for some optimism. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 01, 2009
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Malcolm X Day Set For Saturday At Hartford Public Library Muhammad Ansari was 25 when he sat for coffee with the black nationalist leader of his generation. It was 1963 and Malcolm X had come to Hartford to speak at the Bushnell. Fifty years after that Hartford visit, the Consciousness Coalition, a group of social activists in the city, held its first annual Malcolm X Day recently at the downtown Hartford Public Library. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2013
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Man Sentenced To More Than 4 Years In Prison On Drug Charges At just 20 years old, authorities say, Julio "J" Bonilla of Hartford has an extraordinary record of violence. Over four months last year, he was involved in at last three armed attacks, or attempted attacks, authorities say. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 21, 2009
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Math and Literature in Jail A legislative study two years ago found that 70 percent of released inmates were arrested for at least one new crime within three years. Estimates suggest that the state's criminal justice system mostly exists for one percent of the state's population - 30,000 to 35,000 people who keep rotating through the courts and prisons. The idea that education is one way to keep them from lapsing back into the criminal life after they've been released is discussed in this opinion. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 6, 2005
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Mathews Blasts Back At Perez I. Charles Mathews reacted sharply recently to the latest attack ad from the campaign of Mayor Eddie A. Perez, saying an oversized postcard recently sent to voters citywide is a blatant attempt to "distort the facts." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2007
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Mayor Hires Accouting and Advisory Firm To Investigate HPD Mayor Pedro Segarra has hired Frank Rudewicz of the accounting and advisory services firm Marcum LLP to investigate the Hartford Police Department's internal affairs division. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2011
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Mayor Points Out Best, Worst of City Mayor Eddie A. Perez spoke of two contrasting Hartfords in his State of the City address Monday night - one city full of renewal and hope, and another struggling to meet basic educational, safety and financial needs. Perez went on to describe his new initiatives - from citywide wireless Internet access, to 46 new police recruits on the streets by June, to a "cabinet" on issues concerning young children, and more. Perez also noted that the city's biggest challenge is coping with federal and state budgetary cutbacks. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 15, 2005
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Mayor Segarra’s Speech at Rising Star Breakfast: Hartford: One City, One Plan to Create Opportunities Together Mayor Pedro E. Segarra unveiled both an immediate and long-term vision to grow Hartford, create jobs, and embrace a more positive and productive future. In his speech, the Mayor made several major announcements and emphasized collaboration and creative thinking in order to move the City forward. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: January 11, 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/SegarraRisingStarBreakfastSpeech.pdf

Mayor's Update, Fall 2005 A quarterly publication designed to share Mayor Perez's primary goals, objectives and accomplishments. The Fall 2005 issue includes updates on education, hurricane readiness, neighborhood policing, the Hilton and Marriott Hotels, and more. (PDF document, six pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: Fall 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/mayorsupdatefall05.pdf

Mayor's Update, Fall 2006 A quarterly publication designed to share Mayor Perez's primary goals, objectives and accomplishments. The Fall 2006 issue includes updates on the new superintendent of Hartford Public Schools, Steven Adamowski, Wireless Hartford, 311 constituent services, community policing, and a new downtown grocery, Bliss Market. (PDF document, six pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: October 23, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/MayorsUpdateFall06.pdf

Mayor's Update, Summer 2005 A quarterly publication designed to share Mayor Perez's primary goals, objectives and accomplishments. The Summer 2005 issue includes updates on neighborhood policing, early college awareness, homeownership, Historical Preservation Ordinance, False Alarm Ordinance and more. (PDF file, six pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: Summer 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/MayorsUpdateSummer2005.pdf

Mayor's Update, Summer/Fall 2008 A publication designed to share Mayor Perez's primary goals, objectives and accomplishments. The Summer/Fall issue includes updates on HartfordCares, homeownership, school redesign and more. (PDF document, 5 pages). Published by Office of the Mayor, City of Hartford ; Publication Date: October 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/MayorsUpdateFall2008.pdf

Mayor's Update, Winter 2005 A quarterly publication designed to share Mayor Perez's primary goals, objectives and accomplishments. The Winter 2005 issue includes updates on crime, neighborhood policing, the Noah Webster School, school construction, retail shopping on the City's North End, the Hilton, and more. (PDF file, six pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: Winter 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/MayorsUpdateWNTR05.pdf

Mayor's Update, Winter 2006 A quarterly publication designed to share Mayor Perez's primary goals, objectives and accomplishments. The Winter 2006 issue includes updates on public safety, homeownership, neighborhood policing, the Parkville neighborhood and more. (PDF document, 6 pages). Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: Winter 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/MaryorsUpdateWNTR06.pdf

Mayor, Police Chief Will Hit The Streets Tonight Mayor Pedro Segarra and police Chief Daryl K. Roberts recently did a "walk- and ride-through" of city neighborhoods to "stand up against crime." Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/cityline_061011.asp

Mayor: Addressing Safety, Gaining On Goals Mayor Pedro Segarra writes that on day one as Hartford's 66th mayor, his administration set four goals: ensure accountability; safeguard the health, cleanliness and safety of the city; create jobs and improve education; and pursue opportunities to accelerate and expand economic vitality. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 26, 2011
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Mayors Address Illegal Guns Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino opened an all-day summit in New York City recently, attended by Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez and 12 other mayors aimed at coordinating their efforts on curbing crime committed with illegal guns. The mayors - from cities including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Dallas, Milwaukee and Seattle - gathered at the official mayoral residence, Gracie Mansion, to exchange ideas, consult experts and develop law enforcement cooperation among their cities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 26, 2006
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Meet the Chief After a six-month absence, Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts is blogging again. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: February 24, 2009
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Memorial Held For Hartford Teen Stabbed To Death Lewis Dickerson, who would have turned 19 in December, fell victim to the violence that his friends said he was trying to escape. Three males lying in wait attacked him while he took a break from class outside the Urban League building, just a block from St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2008
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Memorials Prompt Crackdown in City Police broke up a gathering of men and women as they mourned the death of Geronimo "Colorado" Urbaez, who was fatally shot in downtown Hartford. The police were concerned about drinking, fire hazards and possible violence. The mourners felt as though they had been treated unfairly. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2005
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Men Announce Domestic Violence Initiative Some 30 prominent men from businesses, television news, law enforcement and several other agencies in Connecticut gathered at the Legislative Office Building recently to announce a new initiative in the battle against domestic violence. The men pledged to help Interval House, a nonprofit, domestic violence intervention and prevention program, combat the crime by raising money and helping to educate children and families. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 23, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_092309_1.asp

Message from Mayor Eddie Perez Mayor Eddie Perez writes: As Hartford celebrates its 375th anniversary, it is an opportune time to reflect upon our historic past and look forward to the future. Hartford is the center of commerce for a region of 1.2 million people, home to three Fortune 100 companies, the base for 200-plus Arts and Heritage organizations and, most importantly, the job hub of the region and state--- home to more than 100,000 jobs. That’s the good news. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 18, 2010
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Meth Threat In State Described Meth is making inroads into the state, according to a three-year survey by the Hispanic Health Council released Tuesday at a recent symposium in Hartford for state officials. Officials from law and drug enforcement and treatment, environmental protection and public health and welfare were present. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 12, 2005
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Michael J. Fallon, 47, Chief Of The State Capitol Police, Dies Michael J. Fallon, chief of the State Capitol Police, died of cancer recently at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He was 47. Fallon, who spent nearly 30 years in law enforcement in the city, developed his interest in police work as a teenager in the Hartford Police Department's Police Explorer program. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 05, 2009
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Minority Students Arrested More In East, West Hartford African American and Latino students in the West Hartford and East Hartford school systems are more likely to be arrested than white youngsters caught in similar situations, according to a report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 17, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_111708.asp

Model Students View the Flip Side Hartford High students recently visited Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution in Somers on a trip organized by Asylum Hill neighborhood community service Officer Jim Barrett. The students visited with former Hartford High students who are now incarcerated at the minimum security prison. The trip's purpose was to expose youth to the reality of prison as told by people who live it every day. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 17, 2005
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More Cops? Put Them On Streets Stan Simpson comments on the Hartford’s effort to hire 80 new officers by next year. Some see increasing the patrols as a way to bolster Hartford's efforts to pitch itself as an entertainment destination. The problem is this: No one's ever proved that Hartford's crime problems were connected to a police "staffing" issue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 05, 2007
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More Funding Needed For Domestic Violence Shelters, Groups Say At Capitol Hearing On any given day, more than 225 domestic violence victims in the state find refuge in emergency shelters or in transitional housing provided by local programs. That number, up from 161 victims in 2008, underscores the growing need for more funding for shelters and support programs, according to officials at the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 26, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_012610.asp

More Prisons Wrong Approach In this op-ed piece, the author expresses the opinion that Connecticut should build schools, not prisons. Each imprisoned generation, under our system of priorities, begets an even larger imprisoned generation. Today one out of six children in Hartford has a parent in prison. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 05, 2007
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More Progress Needed For Criminal Justice Reforms Two years ago, the legislature, together with Gov. M. Jodi Rell, enacted a series of significant criminal justice reforms. Today, I can report mixed results. First, the good news: Frontline law enforcement personnel have focused their energy on repeat violent offenders and longer sentences are being imposed in our courts. Now, the disturbing news: Our state’s budget crisis has put many of the 2008 reforms at risk. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 18, 2010
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More Safety Measures at Trinity Fortress Recently, James Jones, the President of Trinity College, sent a message directed at Trinity students, staff, faculty, and parents, and potentially, to Hartford residents. While careful to say Trinity does not want to cut itself off from the community, administrators described how the college may add cameras, fencing and police to the periphery, along with potential changes to the landscape. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: January 26, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/realhtfd_012612.asp

Most Dangerous? Lies And Statistics Damn Three Cities A recent survey puts Hartford, along with New Haven and Bridgeport, on the list of the country's 25 most dangerous cities. And like so many other comparative surveys of crime or poverty, this one is so flawed as to be nearly useless. For example, some cities have broader boundaries and include safer suburban areas in their crime reports. The center of the city might be crime-ridden, but the safer outskirts skew the overall picture. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_061813.asp

Mother Killed; City Adds Patrols The latest victim of gun violence in Hartford is a 21 year old mother. Police Chief Harnett and Mayor Perez respond with the announcement of a new initiative which involves increased police protection and help from the state police in the Clay Arsenal, Northeast and Upper Albany neighborhoods. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 23, 2005
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Mounted Patrols Back In Hartford During his 15 years with the Hartford Police Department's mounted unit, retired officer Robert "Bobby" Alfaro found two main advantages to being a cop on horseback. First, everyone loves horses. "Even the bad guys say hi to you," Alfaro said. Second, perspective. "You can see so much on horseback you wouldn't see if you were in a police car," Alfaro said, such as a popped ignition in a stolen car. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 07, 2008
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Mr. Perez's Curfew In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the effects of the curfew on teens aren't clear, and the effort could be draining resources in the fight against other crimes. The best defense against teenagers with guns is one that aims to reduce teen pregnancy and give Hartford's youth more educational opportunities, job training and jobs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_091508.asp

Murder Continues to Haunt Laurel Street Ken Krayeske writes about the wait times for police in his Hartford neighborhood, especially for quality of life issues, as opposed to the murder that happened there recently. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 24, 2011
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My Mission In Hartford Patrick J. Harnett, writes that he came to Hartford because he believes in public service and he believes that police can reduce serious crime and improve Hartford's quality of life. When he started the job two years ago, he brought with him a vision of information-led community policing. In February 2005, the Neighborhood Policing Plan was introduced. It was developed with the help of former Assistant Chief Mark Pawlina, Assistant Chief Mike Fallon and Assistant Chief Daryl Roberts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 12, 2006
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My Sons Want to be Police Officers When They Grow Up The author talks about her experience growing up in the North End of Hartford, and the negative image of the police she developed as a child. In contrast, her children want to be police officers when they grow up. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 08, 2010
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NAACP Blasts Red-Light Camera Bill The Connecticut NAACP said recently that it opposes a controversial bill that would enable the state's 19 largest cities and towns to install cameras at intersections to catch red-light violators. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 18, 2012
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Nappier Case Shows Sensitivity Of Police Stops The traffic stop of State Treasurer Denise Nappier in September and ensuing actions by Hartford police officers gave the public a glimpse into how minorities are treated each and every day. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 05, 2011
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National Drug Intelligence Center Website - Connecticut Drug Threat Assessment This website presents information about drug and gang activity state by state, including Connecticut. Published by National Drug Intelligence Center
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Nearing Retirement, The Rev. Henry Brown Remains Passionate In Quest To Quell Violence Gun violence has played a big role in the Rev. Henry Brown's life. Brown, 62, is known by many as the face of Mothers United Against Violence, an organization he founded more than nine years ago to help families devastated by violence. Now, as he approaches retirement from work at the post office, Brown is hoping to find a home base for his ministry and Mothers United Against Violence and devote his efforts there full time. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 17, 2011
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Neighborhood Standards - Final Draft, July 2010 Hartford 2000, working with other groups and organizations, has developed the Neighborhood Standards as a tool to help improve the quality of life in Hartford. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by Hartford 2000 ; Publication Date: December 3, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Neighborhoods/wsd_120309.asp

New Community Policing Model is Tough on Crime Hartford Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett discusses how the Hartford Police Department got to where it is now, and his vision for the future. His goal is to focus on the core missions of controlling crime and protecting neighborhoods. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 7, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_030705.asp Related Link(s): City of Hartford Police Department Neighborhood Policing Plan (PDF document) ; Forgotten Victim ; Chief Makes Business Presentation

New Chapter For Officer Leo LePage's book, about his time as a Hartford street cop, owes a lot to the scrapbooks kept by his late wife, Josephine. LePage used that rich history, his own recollections and a bit of artistic license to create "The Badge, the Street and the Cop," a story about (fictional) Officer Lance LaPore. The book has sold about 3,000 copies, remarkable for a self-published book with little more than word of mouth driving sales. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 11, 2013
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New Chief Has Home Advantage When Daryl K. Roberts is sworn in as the city's 21st permanent police chief, he'll have an advantage the last two chiefs didn't. Roberts - born and raised in the city - has spent the last 23 years rising through the ranks of the Hartford Police Department. He doesn't have to get directions to a crime scene. And he won't need a roadmap to understand how things work within the department because he has managed many of the divisions, worked midnight shifts, headed the detective bureau and had other critical assignments. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 12, 2006
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New City Chief Stresses Teamwork Hartford's new police chief says he took the job after coming to believe he wouldn't be alone in the spotlight. Daryl K. Roberts said recently that he could not be an effective chief without cooperation from key sectors of the city: the public, the police department, city government and the board of education. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 1, 2006
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New Hartford Law Would Restrict Racial Profiling Police Chief Doesn't Like It The Hartford city council is considering an ordinance that would limit police powers when it comes to enforcing federal immigration laws. The measure would also limit police surveillance and prohibit profiling. It's opposed by the city's police chief. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: November 12, 2010
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New Hartford Police Plan Breaks The Silos Many have wondered why Hartford can't get its crime problem under better control, when the city is relatively small and presumably manageable. One reason is that the responsible agencies don't always work together. Acting police chief James Rovella learned this lesson when named to head the Hartford Shooting Task Force last year. He saw that too many agencies weren't talking to one another, and that they were much more effective when they did. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2012
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New Law Channeling Older Teens Into Juvenile Court New "raise the age'' legislation introduced 17-year-olds into the juvenile court system for the first time on July 1, 2012, and by July 17, 2012, there were 25 of the older kids sitting in detention centers across the state. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 17, 2012
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New Police Chief Still On Hold Two weeks after Mayor Pedro Segarra named James Rovella the city's permanent police chief, city officials said they are still working to complete a background check before Rovella can be appointed Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 25, 2012
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New Public Safety Complex Officially Opens The four-story, $77 million public safety complex on High Street was dedicated recently, marking the opening of the new headquarters for city police, fire, emergency services and dispatch personnel. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 09, 2013
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New Public Safety Complex Promises to Revitalize North Downtown Central as it may be, the new public safety complex, located north of I-84 on High Street, still feels cut off from the rest of its downtown neighborhood because of the highway and slew of surface parking lots. After walking to the opening ceremony from the central business district, the gulf between these two areas seemed no smaller than it had in previous months. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: January 09, 2013
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New Public Safety Initiative to Be Launched September 15 Three community activists are planning to launch a new public safety initiative recently. Charles Barrow, Organizer and founder of Citizens Opposed to Racism, Sexism and Violence and the Communities Committee for Public Safety, Sherman Williams, a businessman and urban environment specialist, and Rev. Aaron “Pop” Lewis, founder and director of Youth on Youth, Each One Teach One, Inc. say they are concerned with the tide of illegal weapons that are flooding into urban communities beset by poverty and despair. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 16, 2012
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New View On Drugs, Prisons Taking a cue from state efforts, U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. signaled a welcome turn away from mass incarceration when he announced recently that federal prosecutors would no longer seek mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who had no ties to gangs or large-scale drug organizations. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 14, 2013
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No Comment A rash of violence, intemperate online comments, and outspoken critiques sharply divide Hartford, a city grappling with crime and its own public image. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: July 03, 2008
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No Sense Of Urgency On Hartford Violence, Gangs In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that as the homicide toll mounts and claims about gang activity conflict, Hartford residents are worried sick. They are owed the truth; a sense of urgency by the mayor, the police chief and even the governor; and action equal to the threat. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2009
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No Snitch Mentality Cited As Obstacle To Solving Homicides In Hartford, the percentage of homicides committed in 2009 that were cleared by arrest was 27.2 percent at the end of that year. As of this year, 38 percent of the 2009 homicides have been cleared, In New Haven, about half of the homicides committed in the last five years have been closed by arrest. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 01, 2011
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Number 19 With A Bullet, So To Speak Once again Hartford has made the top 20 of a listing that no one wants to be on. Hartford is number 19 on the CQ Press annual top - or bottom -25 ranking of the most dangerous cities in the US. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/cityline_112210.asp

Occupy Hartford: Post Mortem The tents are still up at Turning Point Park, but Occupy Hartford has shown few signs of life in recent weeks. After a strong showing at their kickoff march in early October, active participation has waned. There has been high turnover of activists, both those living in the tents, and those dropping by or showing support from afar. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: December 06, 2011
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Odd Process For Choosing A Police Chief, But A Good Result After a national search to which he did not apply, acting Hartford Police Chief James C. Rovella was named permanent chief. Mayor Pedro Segarra made the announcement a day after three finalists, chosen in a $50,000 national search, made presentations at a public forum. Rovella chose not to formally apply for the permanent job, saying he could not do the job and audition for it at the same time. Mr. Segarra has the authority to appoint him anyway, and did. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 10, 2012
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Off The Road With an influx of cheap ATVs from China, the four-wheeled off-road vehicles are becoming more popular in Hartford, but are they safe? Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 09, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_advocate_080907.asp

Officer Arrested In Death The arrest of Hartford police Officer Robert Lawlor in the shooting death of a teenager prompted strong reactions from supporters and detractors alike, with those on both sides vowing to push through what promises to be a bitter and protracted court battle. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 23, 2006
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Officer in Fatal Shooting Among 19 Promoted Robert Allan, who shot and killed Aquan Salmon, 14, six years ago, was among 19 city officers recently promoted in a new effort in neighborhood policing focused on enforcing narcotics laws. Allan is white, Salmon was black, and though there had been rumors of protest, there were none at the event. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 25, 2005
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Officer Involved In Chase Testifies In Lawlor Trial Det. William Rivera testified recently in the trial of Hartford policeman Robert Lawlor. Lawlor is charged with manslaughter and assault in the death of Jashon Bryant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 11, 2009
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Officer May Get Chance To See Evidence Hartford Police Officer Robert Lawlor may get an opportunity to see the evidence that led to a grand juror's recommendation to charge him in the May 2005 fatal shooting of Jashon Bryant, the state Appellate Court decided recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 26, 2007
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Officer Who Shot Teen Displays Dual Nature Who exactly is the real Bob Lawlor? To some he's a hard-charging cop who relentlessly pursues the bad guys on the street, even at the expense of his own personal life. To others, he's a renegade, unwilling to play by the rules that don't suit him and all too ready to defy those above him. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 8, 2006
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Officer Will Hit Streets On Foot Downtown Hartford got a boost in foot traffic beginning New Year’s Eve 2006 in the form of a city police officer whose job will be walking a beat. The beat is in the central business district from 4 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 30, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_123006.asp

Officer's Attorney Seeks Dismissal Of Charges The defense attorney for suspended Hartford police officer, Robert Lawlor, asked a Superior Court judge recently to dismiss the charges against his client because the prosecutors in the case had improperly shared secret information from the grand jury with other lawyers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 20, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_022008.asp

Official Recognition Application for the Weed and Seed Steering Committee and Program An application for official recognition of the steering committee and strategic plan for the implementation of the Hartford Weed and Seed Program. (PDF document, 28 pages) Published by Hartford Police Department ; Publication Date: October 29, 2004
Document Link: /issues/wsd/crime/Hartford_Weed_OR_2005.pdf

Official's Visit To Gunfire Site Questioned A prosecutor responsible for determining if Hartford police Officer Robert Lawlor should face criminal charges for the fatal shooting of a teenager visited the scene recently, sparking concern in the victim's family that the prosecutor may opt not to follow the recommendation of a recent grand jury investigation and report that Lawlor should be arrested. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2006
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Officials Seek Solutions for Youth Violence Federal, state and local authorities are discussing ways to curb the violence in Hartford and elsewhere in the state. Mayor Eddie Perez expects the city to announce a new approach to targeting gun violence soon. The federal government is assigning two more Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents to Hartford this spring and is sending more funding for city police overtime. Others are attempting to find committed people in the city's schools: parents and advocates interested in working with city youths to change the way they resolve conflict. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 17, 2005
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Officials: Shooting Task Force Reduced Hartford Gun Deaths By 40 Percent A year after the city's latest effort to combat gun violence began, members of the Hartford shooting task force made a case recently for why it should continue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 07, 2012
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On Hartford Streets, A Life Nearly Derailed By Bullets Aswad Thomas, who was a standout point guard for the Division III Blazers basketball team at Elms College, wants to share his story — from his tumultuous childhood, to the crumbling of his family structure, to the most productive year of his life being derailed by two bullets on a Hartford street in 2009, to his recovery and return to basketball at this summer's Greater Hartford Pro-Am. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 25, 2010
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On Street, 'Disregard' For Life Two kids, students at Fox Middle School, became innocent victims in a shooting war that is escalating for no apparent reason in Hartford’s North End. Several loose-knit neighborhood alliances, different from the more organized gangs of the early 1990s, are at the center of the violence. They include "The Ave." from Albany Avenue, "CNN" from the Nelton Court housing project and "West Hell" from Westland Street and bordering streets. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2006
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One Gun, 11 Victims Guns get passed around in Hartford. They are traded, bought and sold. In 2002, across the neighborhoods of the city's North End, one handgun, a Glock 9mm, was passed from hand to hand. By the end of the year, it would be used to shoot 11 young men. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 13, 2005
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One In 100 Adults In Jail The prison population in Connecticut and the nation reached an all-time high in January, 2008, reflecting the quandary many states face of maintaining public safety while managing overcrowded prisons in a $50 billion-a-year system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 29, 2008
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Ordinance to Place Limits on Racial and Religious Profiling Twelve people spoke in favor of the Hartford Civil Rights ordinance at the public hearing in City Hall; none spoke against it. Several organizations on board with this proposed ordinance include the American Civil Liberties Union, Council on American-Islamic Relations (Connecticut), National Lawyers Guild, and Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Although nobody spoke against this at the hearing, the ordinance received some dissent from those who felt it would weaken the Hartford Police Department’s ability to fight crime. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: November 15, 2010
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Our Violent Culture Vs. Our American Exceptionalism Ken Krayeske comments on the the violence in Hartford which continues to frighten suburbanites, and worse, this rash of violence paralyzes political leadership on all levels in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 27, 2008
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Out There, Out of Touch Helen Ubiñas calls for a revised approach by community leaders and activists speaking out against recent violence and working with youths in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 19, 2005
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Out with the Bad, In with the Good Federal, State and City officials are crediting a committee of local residents for securing some much sought after “Weed and Seed” anti-crime funding for Hartford’s Upper Albany and Clay-Arsenal neighborhoods. The announcement was made at a press conference recently by United States Attorney Kevin O’Connor, Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez and Hartford Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 12, 2006
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Outside Prison Walls Theresa C. Lantz, Connecticut correction commissioner, has retooled the correction system from one that emphasized incarceration to one that prepares inmates to return to their communities. That approach was endorsed by a report released recently by the nonprofit Pew Center on the States at a time when one in 31 adults in the country is in prison, on parole or on probation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2009
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Pardon Me Connecticut is granting more pardons than ever for those committing nonviolent crimes. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 02, 2009
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Parents, Caregivers Tell City, School Officials: Bulkeley High Does Have Gang Problems City and school officials continued to reject the notion that there is gang activity in city schools right up until they were told differently by mothers and grandmothers in the room with them recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 22, 2009
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Parents, Police, and Schools Officials Meet On Gang Activity Members of the Hartford Parent Organization Council and the public recently met with school and police officials to discuss reports of gang activity in the city's schools. Parents told Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts and Schools Superintendent Steven Adamowski that the problem in the city's schools wasn't as bad as it sounded in recent city grant application for a $500,000 federal grant. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/cityline_102109.asp

Parents, School Officials Surprised By Gangs In Hartford Parents, school board members and the school superintendent said recently they were taken by surprise by an internal police department memorandum that said the city is suffering from a "gang infestation" and that gang activity was increasing among middle school students. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 17, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_101709.asp

Park Street Hit-And-Run Victim Angel Arce Torres Dies Angel Arce Torres, the Hartford man struck by a hit-and-run driver on Park Street in May 2008, died on May 11, 2009 at Hartford Hospital. He was 79. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 12, 2009
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Parole Again Possible For Violent Criminals Just two days after signing a comprehensive criminal-justice bill, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said that she is ending her four-month ban on parole for violent criminals. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 28, 2008
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Pass School Safety Bill This Courant editorial supports the plan that Connecticut Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr. has proposed to spend on school security. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2007
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Payment Alternatives Considered for Parking Meters Motorists in Hartford may soon have an alternative to coin operated parking meters. The alternative is called Pay-and-Display, computerized parking "meters" into which patrons would put either coins or credit cards. In return, they would receive a receipt confirming their payment, which is then placed on the dashboard. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 3, 2005
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People Know The Bad Guys Helen Ubiñas suggests that Police Chief Daryl Roberts connections to the community will help fight crime. She proposes that information from community members is what leads to arrests. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 13, 2006
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Perception Of Crime Is All Too Real Stan Simpson expresses the opinion that any reported violent act inflames fears, bolsters bad perceptions and complicates plans to develop downtown as a destination. Excluding homicides, every major crime tallied in Hartford in 2007 was below the five-year average. Still, in this case, the reality is the perception — that this city is unsafe. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 12, 2008
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Perez Renews Youth Curfew In City The youth curfew imposed Aug. 14 was the "right thing at the right time" to stem the growing tide of violence on city streets, Mayor Eddie A. Perez said recently as he renewed it for another 30 days. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 12, 2008
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Perez Touts His Administration’s Successes Faced with the staunchest competition for his job since he was first elected, Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez recently stressed his accomplishments and vision for the future in his 2007 state of the city speech. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2007
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Perez: Maintain Momentum Hitting on familiar themes of reducing crime, improving education and jump-starting the city's economy, Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez gave his state of the city speech recently to a capacity crowd in the city council chambers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2008
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Phase One of Move to New Public Safety Complex Begins The Dispatch Center of the Hartford Police and Fire Departments became the first occupant of the new Public Safety Complex (PSC) on November 20, 2013. The PSC is located on High Street in the city’s Clay Hill neighborhood, just north of Downtown. The transfer of operations from current police headquarters at 50 Jennings Road and fire headquarters on Pearl Street will take place over the next two months. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 22, 2012
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Plan For City Offered: Proposal Aims To Quell Violence Hartford legislators announced a 10-point plan on May 26th to address violence in Hartford, particularly among youths, with state funding for jobs and city juvenile review board. Other points support an anti-gun legislation and a Young Adult Commission for residents between the ages of 15 and 25. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2005
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Plan To Raze Albany Avenue Substation Worries Residents Some North End residents are worried that plans to demolish a police substation on Albany Avenue will remove an important space for recreation and leave the neighborhood without a police presence. But city officials said that while they are thinking of razing the substation, they hope to offer more opportunities for recreation and intend to maintain a police presence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 01, 2010
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Plenty Of Community Strength To Build Upon In response to the outcry over recent well-publicized violence, Elizabeth Brad Noel writes that she has lived in Hartford for more than 40 years but she doesn’t think the decency of most residents or their concern for each other has changed in recent weeks. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 11, 2008
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Poised for a Clean Sweep Amidst overwhelming problems there are a few positive things happening that might help clean up Albany Avenue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 29, 2005
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Police Blame Gang Feud In Shooting An ongoing feud between rival youth gangs in Hartford's North End is being blamed for a drive-by shooting that critically wounded a 14-year-old boy and a woman who rushed to his aid recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2006
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Police Can't Do It Alone Stan Simpson suggests that an increased police presence alone won’t be enough to solve the problem of increased gun violence in Hartford. As much as the recent shootings are a public safety crisis, they are a reflection of a serious predicament at home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2006
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Police Chief Explains Raids Hartford police and federal immigration agents are working together to find a Brazilian-born man wanted on charges of attempted murder and robbery, police Chief Daryl Roberts told about 40 people who packed the Shaheen Brazilian Community Center on Park Street recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 09, 2007
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Police Chief Finalists Share Their Vision For Hartford The three finalists for police chief hail from different cities and vastly different law enforcement backgrounds. But their visions for fighting crime in Hartford were strikingly similar: strengthening ties with the community, targeting violent offenders and improving the quality of life. The three men shared their suggestions with residents and city officials at the Hartford Public Library recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 09, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_070912.asp

Police Chief Roberts Resigns On September 23, 2012, Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts announced that he would resign from HPD when his contract expireed at the end of 2011. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 29, 2011
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Police Chief Says School, Community Officers Could Be Put On Patrol To Cut Overtime Costs Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts said recently he is considering pulling community service and school resource officers off their beats and put them on patrol shifts as he grapples with budget cuts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 15, 2011
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Police Concerned About Lack Of Secure Parking In Hartford's New Public Safety Complex The city's police department recently completed its move to the new public safety complex on High Street. But some officers already are raising concerns about a lack of secure parking at the $77 million facility. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 25, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_012513.asp

Police Cuts Hurt Anti-Gun Efforts A year ago, city leaders touted the success of the Hartford shooting task force, pointing to statistics showing that gun-related homicides had dropped by more than 40 percent and that first-degree assaults with firearms had decreased by nearly 30 percent from a year earlier. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 18, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_091813.asp

Police Initiative Reducing City Shootings The number of shootings on Hartford streets has dropped significantly since city police launched an initiative to blanket troubled neighborhoods with more patrols. Some of the most noticeable decreases took place in the Upper Albany, Clay Arsenal and Northeast neighborhoods, the targets of the department's new Northeast Violence Reduction Initiative. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 3, 2005
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Police Make a Clean Sweep in Neighborhoods Huge piles of trash have been hauled away since mid-July as part of a cleanup program that Hartford police launched under the Northeast Violence Reduction Initiative. The block-by-block cleanups have occurred in impoverished neighborhoods of the North End at least once a week. Sgt. Emory Hightower, who coordinates the cleanups, said the goal is to improve residents' quality of life while making the areas unattractive to drug dealers and users, prostitutes, petty thieves and others whose actions tarnish the North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 17, 2005
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Police Must Enforce Law Wherever Job Takes Them J. Stan Mccauley expresses the opinion that the Hartford Police Department acted responsibly in working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in trying to apprehend a criminal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 18, 2007
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Police Now Seeking Charges In Rape Story Under pressure from the city's black community, Hartford police have reversed themselves and are seeking charges against a white woman who admitted she lied when she told investigators in November that she was raped by a black man in Bushnell Park on a weekday afternoon. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 11, 2007
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Police Promotions Set The Tone For New Direction In Hartford As he prepared for his first round of promotions recently, Hartford Police Chief James Rovella reflected on the significance of the day. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 30, 2012
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Police Reorganizing Two Major Divisions: City Plan Recalls Community Policing Of 1990s Hartford Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett has announced a reorganization plan of the department's patrol and narcotics divisions that follows a community policing model. The plan places high-ranking commanders in charge of specific neighborhoods and divides the city into four districts. More responsibility is placed on deputy chiefs, captains and lieutenants responsible for specific neighborhoods. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 22, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_01222005.asp Related Link(s): Police Report for the City of Hartford (PDF file) ; Crime Beware, Comstat is Here

Police Report for the City of Hartford The report of Management Resources LLC to the Hartford Police Department dated February 2004, was released to the public in November 2004. The report was written by former City Manager Albert G. Ilg. The document recommends reorganizing the Police Department into several precincts, suggests higher educational standards for police officers, and proposes that if organized differently the Department could police the city with fewer officers. The report includes a compilation of statistics on staffing levels and the incidence of crime in comparable cities, and a review of the literature on community policing. Publication Date: November 2004
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/HPD_2004.pdf

Police Set Sights on Motorists, Traffickers With the help of state troopers, Hartford police are maintaining a greater presence on troubled streets. Residents say they feel safer, and local commerce is improving, according to one merchant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 7, 2005
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Police Tackle School Truancy A couple of months into Hartford's new school truancy program, police detectives have met with more than 70 families about chronic absences, and officers have picked up about a dozen students on the streets and taken them to school. Statistics released by Superintendent of Schools Steven J. Adamowski show that on any given day 1,600 of the district's 24,000 students - nearly 7 percent - are absent. Ninth-graders - many of them at crossroads academically and socially - last year accounted for more than 30 percent of total absentees on any given day. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 22, 2006
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Police Union, City Reach Tentative Labor Deal The Hartford Police Union has reached a tentative agreement with the city on a new labor contract, Mayor Pedro Segarra said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 06, 2012
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Police Union, City Reportedly Close To New Contract After nearly two years of working under an expired contract, the city's police union is close to reaching a new labor agreement, sources close to the negotiations said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2012
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Policing: Much Talk, But No Callback Helen Ubiñas critiques the Hartford Police Department's response to citizen complaints. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 13, 2005
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Portraits of Real Life Hartford teens voice their anger, fear and frustration on stage in "Aired Words," a multimedia performance at Hartford Stage in which the 11 city teens will use theatrical methods to condemn the gun violence that has shaken their neighborhoods. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 6, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_080605.asp

Power Of A False Story Felt After a white woman admitted she made up a story about being raped by a heavyset black man in Hartford's Bushnell Park, black community leaders say she should be charged with filing a false police report because she perpetuated a dangerous stereotype. But while Hartford police officials say they empathize with the concerns of the black community, they say they have decided not to pursue charges against the woman because she still says she was sexually assaulted - by another man at a different location - and should not be further traumatized. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 5, 2007
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Pre-trial Diversions and Alternative Sanctions Staff Briefing Report Focusing on the organization, effectiveness, and efficiency of the state's system of pre-trial diversion and alternative sanctions, this study reviews the history of alternatives to incarceration and suggests that financing has not kept pace with demand. Programs including alcohol and drug education, community service and violence education in treatment centers have the potential to reduce the prison population. Published by Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee ; Publication Date: September 22, 2004
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Presentation Made to Hartford Court of Common Council Quality of Life Committee by Enid Rey, Director, Hartford Office for Youth Services and Daryl K. Roberts, Chief of Police, October 20, 2009 A PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation made to Hartford Court of Common Council Quality of Life Committee by Enid Rey, Director, Hartford Office for Youth Services and Daryl K. Roberts, Chief of Police, October 20, 2009. The presentation was made in response to recent media reports of increased gang activity in Hartford Schools. (PDF document, 17 pages) Published by Hartford Office for Youth Services ; Publication Date: October 20, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Crime/HOYS_HPD_JointPresentation.pdf Related Link(s): Hartford Police Department

Preservation Fiasco: Smart Plan For Hartford Public Safety Complex Crumbles The countdown to demolition ticks away for the Second North District School on High Street near downtown Hartford. It is bewildering how it came to this and what, if anything, will be learned if neighbors, preservationists, architects and those with an interest in putting Hartford's arts and heritage to good use shrug and chalk it up as another bad day for what used to be one of the most admired cities in America. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 09, 2010
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Prison Suicides Defy Precautions The majority of Connecticut inmates who have committed suicide recently were awaiting trial. Suicide prevention in the correction system is difficult. Even if policies and procedures are followed, inmates can end up killing themselves. Union officials point to a lack of staffing, saying there aren't enough correction officers and mental health workers to go around. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 9, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_100905.asp

Prisons Cost Less Than Crime In this op-ed piece, the author expresses the opinion that while Connecticut's General Assembly is considering some of the most comprehensive criminal justice reforms in a generation, it should consider the cost of violent crimes to the victims and to society. Effective criminal justice reform may cost money in the short run, but could very well be the best investment the legislature could make in the long run. Reductions in crime will reduce medical expenditures, mental health care costs and insurance rates. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 05, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/prisonerre-entry/htfd_courant_120507_1.asp

Profile In Ineptitude The state's bungled effort to address racial profiling by police -- stopping someone solely because of race or ethnicity -- is a textbook example of why people become cynical about government. The legislature passed a law that appeared to address the problem, but actually didn't. What followed, perhaps not surprisingly, was an egregious case of racial profiling. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 09, 2012
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Project Is Costly and Overdue Mayor Eddie Perez and Sen. Joe Lieberman announced recently that a $1.7 million federal grant was available to assist in the development of a new public safety complex in downtown Hartford. It's been five years since city voters agreed to spend $40 million to construct the 125,000-square-foot building on city-owned property on High and Ann streets, north of I-84. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 16, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_111605.asp

Prom, Then Tragedy A Hartford high school student was assaulted and killed June 3rd after his senior prom, a 15 year-old was shot three times and killed on Franklin Avenue the following day, and information about three missing teenage girls was released June 6th. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 7, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_060705.asp

Proposed Anti-Profiling Ordinance Resurfaces In Hartford The city council recently revived a proposed ordinance that, if adopted, would limit the Hartford Police Department's immigration enforcement and domestic surveillance activities. The council unanimously referred the amended ordinance — initially proposed in August 2010 by Councilman Luis Cotto — to its quality of life and public safety committees for further discussion. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 09, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_110910.asp

Proposed Hartford Ordinance Aims To Clear Out Police Upper Ranks As James Rovella prepares himself to be Hartford's next permanent police chief, there's a move on the city council to clear out the police department's upper ranks. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 13, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/jcohen_071312.asp

Protecting Kids, Preventing Crime: Creating a Fair and Effective Juvenile Justice System Connecticut has made great improvements in recent years in its treatment of young people who have committed crimes. Going forward, Connecticut needs to continue to invest in research-based, developmentally appropriate services that keep children and communities safe. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: August 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Crime/CB12juvenilejustice.pdf

Protest Briefly Closes Interstate On Ramp More than 100 people chanting and carrying signs marched through downtown Hartford yesterday, calling for jobs, public safety and infrastructure investment, and an end to corporate greed. The march was part of a national protest to declare an economic emergency. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: November 17, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/jcohen_111711.asp

Public Input Sought On New Hartford Police Chief Since it began work in February, the recruiting firm hired to assist in the search for the city's next police chief has learned a few things about what people want in a leader. Strategic Policy Partnership hosted a hearing at the Hartford Public Library to get residents' input on the qualities the new police chief should have and the issues on which he or she should focus. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 04, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_040412.asp

Public Safety Complex Mayor Eddie A. Perez held a press conference recently to tout an additional $750,000 in federal funding for the city's planned $85 million public safety complex -- a project Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts recently called "critical." Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/cityline_052009.asp

Public Safety Complex Begins To Take Shape City officials say the $77 million public safety complex under construction just north of downtown is on schedule for completion late in 2011 and an early spring opening in 2012. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 24, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_092410.asp

Public Safety Complex Lifts Hartford Neighborhood The new Hartford Public Safety complex on High Street in the Clay Arsenal neighborhood stands as a flag of optimism planted in a bleak landscape. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 13, 2013
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Put Cameras On Hartford Streets Ken Johnson, executive director of the Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, is leading the movement to bring electronic surveillance cameras to Hartford. The cameras would be armed with gunshot-detection technology that pinpoints the source of a shot, turns toward the shooter and calls 911. The Connecticut Civil Liberties Union sees it as an invasion of personal liberties. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 17, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_071705.asp

Quiet Please! If you’re into really loud music, Hartford may no longer be the place for you. During the first quarter of 2009, 171 noise ordinance violations were issued. In that same time frame last year, only eight noise infractions were issued. This 2000 percent increase reflects a concerted effort by the City of Hartford to reduce intrusive noise through education and increased enforcement. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 09, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_news_040909_1.asp

Quiet, Please In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that running an urban public library is in part a balancing act. The library must be open to all who want information, but must be ready to deal with the small percentage of patrons who misbehave. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 25, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_052508.asp

Race An Issue In Drug-Reform Debate As Stan Simpson promised, his column is aimed at advancing an honest conversation about drug-reform in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 18, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_041809.asp

Rally Against Violence Draws Clergy, Officials A group of ministers from several city churches gathered to urge young people not to avenge Jamie Carter's death. North End residents and youth say it will take more than a rally to turn things around in the violence-ridden neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_051805.asp

Rally At City Hall Focuses On Anti-Profiling Ordinance A week after City Councilman Luis Cotto reintroduced a proposal that would limit city police in their immigration enforcement and domestic surveillance activities, leaders of several community organizations converged at city hall to show their support for the ordinance. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 16, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/cityline_111610.asp

Rapid Response Times Ken Krayeske comments on police response times in the City of Hartford. He suggests that goal should be that all 911 calls are responded to within 5 minutes. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 6, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_news_070606.asp

Rappers' Program Sends Anti-Gang Message The two rappers from Boston who took the stage recently at the Learning Corridor in Hartford focused on drugs and violence. But unlike mainstream hip-hop, they didn't glamorize the thug lifestyle, they warned against it. Through short films and music Antonio Ennis and Edward Anderson, members of 4Peace, portray the realities of crime. The program, sponsored by the U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut, was presented to students, police, and school officials, from various parts of the state. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 17, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_101708.asp

Real News From Hartford's Curfew: Arrests — And Tips Stan Simpson expresses the opinion that the real "news" about Hartford's revived youth curfew is not that only 119 kids under 18 — about four teens a night — were nabbed within the last 30 days. No, the headline here is that police have made arrests after another high-profile crime cast the city in a bad light. And hear this: The cops attribute their success in recent days to neighborhood folks speaking up. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 13, 2008
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Recent Surge in Homicides Involving Young Black Males and Guns A recent study shows that the number of young black men and teenagers who either killed or were killed in shootings has risen at an alarming rate since 2000. The study by criminologists at Northeastern University in Boston, comes as FBI data is showing that murders have leveled off nationwide. Not so for black teens, the youngest of whom saw dramatic increases in shooting deaths, the Northeastern report concluded. (PDF document, 25 pages) Published by James Alan Fox, Ph.D. ; Publication Date: December 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/Youth_Homicides.pdf

Recidivism Among Sex Offenders In Connecticut This report focuses on recidivism of Connecticut state inmates who are sex offenders. Included in those studies are offenders with previous sex offense convictions as well as convicted offenders who were originally charged as sex offenders but who were ultimately convicted of other offenses. Based on the analysis, post-release supervision focused on the high-risk sex offenders appears to be a cost-effective strategy to prevent crime. (PDF document, 50 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Criminal Justice Policy & Planning Division ; Publication Date: February 15, 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/PrisonerRe-entry/sex_offender_recidivism_2012_final.pdf

Recidivism in Connecticut The Connecticut Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee produced this report on Recidivism in Connecticut in 2001. The program review committee's analysis of recidivism rates provides the foundation for continued research of the state's offender population, crime rates, and sentencing patterns. Published by Connecticut General Assembly, Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee ; Publication Date: January 2001
Document Link: /issues/wsd/crime/Issues/wsd/Crime/Recidivism.asp

Red-Light Cameras Could Save Lives The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is the latest group to urge the General Assembly to adopt legislation that would allow cities and towns to use automatic cameras to catch drivers who run red lights. Red-light cameras have their critics, and not all questions about their use have been satisfactorily answered, but on balance the idea is sound and ought at least to be given a try. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 19, 2012
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Red-Light Cameras: Big Brother Picking Your Pocket Connecticut legislators should bar the use of traffic camera for right-turn-on-red violations. It isn't really about safety. It's about money. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 26, 2012
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Redirecting A Cycle Of Violence Stan Simpson writes that across the country, there has been a lot of re-examination of how best to deal with at-risk students. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in detention, only to see young offenders return to the community, scarred, hardened and labeled. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2008
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Reducing Crime By Shaping The Built Environment With Zoning: An Empirical Study Of Los Angeles This document reports the results of two empirical studies on the relationships between zoning, the built environment, and crime. A study of the effect of zoning on crime in Los Angeles using 205 blocks selected in eight different relatively high crime neighborhoods that have similar demographic characteristics but different forms of zoned land use. We find that mixed commercial- and residential-zoned areas are associated with lower crime than are commercial-only zoned areas. The results suggest that mixing residential-only zoning into commercial blocks may be a promising means of reducing crime. (PDF document, 58 pages) Published by University of Pennsylvania Law Review ; Publication Date: March 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/AndersonMacdonaldBluthenthalAshwood161U.Pa.L.Rev.699(2013).pdf

Regional Alliances At Work In an example of how regional cooperation can lighten the load on taxpayers, Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently awarded the Capitol Region Council of Governments $1 million to erect a single police training facility in Rocky Hill that will serve 25 of the 29 towns in Greater Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_031108.asp

Relentless Crime Got To Harnett Patrick Harnett couldn't have been any more adamant weeks ago when asked whether he was sticking around after his two-year anniversary as Hartford's top cop. Stan Simpson suggests that running the HPD was a tougher job than he expected. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 1, 2006
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Rell Announces Urban Anti-Crime Plan Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced a new urban violence plan recently, calling for three special gun courts with judges and experienced prosecutors assigned to handle the cases in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport. One judge in the Superior Court in each of the cities will oversee a special docket for all cases involving possession or illegal use of a gun, starting on July 10, 2006. All gun-related cases will be automatically referred to the gun court in an attempt to ensure swift justice, Rell said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 1, 2006
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Rell Proposes Closing Training School Governor Jody M. Rell is proposing that the Connecticut Juvenile Training School close its doors. Once described as a "world-class" and "state-of-the-art" juvenile correctional center, it is now referred to as a white elephant by many. Rell has ordered the Department of Children and Families to create a plan for the school's future and a place for the juveniles if it were closed. The report is due on August 1, 2005. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 2, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_040205.asp Related Link(s): A Better Prison For Connecticut Teenagers

Rell Seeks Overhaul Of Law For Dangerous Criminals Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently called for the overhaul of the state's complicated law for dangerous criminals, and she immediately received support from top Democrats in the wake of this week's New Britain double shooting. The state's current version of the "three strikes" law, which is known as the persistent felony offender law, needs to be rewritten in order for it to become workable, Rell said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 04, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_040408.asp

Rell Seeks To Streamline Persistent Offender Law Echoing a proposal by Democrats, Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently called for overhauling the state's persistent felony offender law — sharply increasing the chances of changes in the law before the legislative session ends next month. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 22, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/prisonerre-entry/htfd_courant_042208.asp

Rell Set To Sign Invasion Law Only hours after the legislature granted final approval on criminal justice reforms, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said that she will sign the comprehensive package that creates a new law against home invasion. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2008
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Rell Vetoes Crack Change: Opposes Balancing Cocaine Sentencing Governor M. Jodi Rell, after considering pleas from the Reverend Jesse Jackson and consulting other officials, vetoed the bill that would equalize the amounts of crack cocaine and powder cocaine needed to warrant an arrest for possession and/or intent to sell. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_060305.asp Related Link(s): /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_060405.asp

Rell, Perez Trade Shots After 16 people were shot in five days in Hartford, Mayor Eddie A. Perez and Gov. M. Jodi Rell fired accusations at one another recently in a high-profile clash of public letters over how to stop the bloodshed on the city's streets. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 1, 2006
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Reluctant Mayor Testifies at Hearing On Police Case Involves Court Order On June 9th, Mayor Eddie A. Perez testified in the Cintron vs. Vaughn lawsuit to determine whether or not he told the Hartford police department to disregard a federal judge's order in 2004. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_061005.asp Related Link(s): Court Monitor Rules Mayor Must Testify in Police Hearing ; Chief Cites Obstacles to Consent Decree

Remembering Julio Lozada The firefighting career of retiring Hartford Fire Chief Edward Casares, Jr. came full circle on recently. Casares joined the fire department as a result of reforms instituted in the wake of the tragic death of Julio Lozada in 1979. On his last day of work on Monday, June 10, 2013, Casares unveiled a plaque to Lozada at the entrance to the new Hartford Public Safety Complex on High Street. The plaque honors Lozada as “The boy who transformed public safety in the city of Hartford.” Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: June 13, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_news_061313.asp

Report on the Death of Jashon Bryant and the Wounding of Brandon Henry A report from the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice Administrative Policies and Procedures on the death of Jashon Bryant and the wounding of Brandon Henry. Published by Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice ; Publication Date: May 15, 2006
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Crime/wsd_051506.asp

Report: Overwhelming Atmosphere Of Paranoia And Mistrust Management of the city police department's internal affairs division was "lax and at times nonexistent" for the past several years, according to an independent investigative report recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 26, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_092611.asp

Report: Police Slow To Comply The Hartford Police Department has been slow to comply with a 2 1/2-year-old court order to make it easier for citizens to file complaints against officers, according to a court-appointed monitor who is asking a federal judge to hold the department and Mayor Eddie A. Perez in contempt. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 6, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_070607.asp

Report: Serious Crime Down Slightly In Hartford In 2009 Serious crime in Hartford declined slightly in 2009, but there were alarming increases in two categories: aggravated assault and burglary. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 12, 2010
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