February 4, 2005
By TINA A. BROWN, Courant Staff Writer
The command structure of the community services bureau, better known as the
patrol division in the Hartford Police Department, will take on a different
look starting Sunday, police said.
After a shakeup of lieutenant commanders
in almost every division, Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett is
expected to announce today the names of the commanders who will
be in charge of four neighborhood zones and headquarters.
In each case, the lieutenants were
given the opportunity to select three top choices for assignments,
but the ultimate decision, a police source said, was "up
to the chief." The sergeants also expected to be shifted
later this year into the district system have not been selected.
As of Sunday, the bureau will be
headed by Assistant Chief Andrew Rosenzweig. Deputy Chief Daryl
K. Roberts and Deputy Chief Michael Fallon will operate the north
and south districts, respectively. Capt. Steven Heslin, who had
been head of the north district, will be in charge of the headquarters
division. Capt. Richard Kemmett will head the investigative services
In the four neighborhood zones headed
by Roberts in the northern half of the city, Capts. Nancy McClure
and Robert O'Connell are expected to take charge of Lts. Donald
Chafin Jr., Marc Rubera, Brian Heavren and John Schmaltz. Heavren
had been in charge of the police academy and Chafin had been
in charge of special events divisions.
In the four zones assigned to Fallon
in the southern half of the city, Capts. Jose Lopez Sr. and Joseph
Buyak will lead a team of Lts. Daniel DePinto, Paul Hammick,
Harold Even and Ronald Bair. Hammick had been in charge of major
crimes and Even was commander of the vice and narcotics division.
The new head of the academy will
be Lt. Andrew Nelson. Lt. Achilles Rethis will head major crimes
and Lt. John Betz will head the city's vice and narcotics division.
The lieutenants charged with commanding
various patrol shifts are Steven Hajdasz, Giselle Gamble and
Harnett has said the transfers were
necessary for the department to beef up its community policing
plan. The new plan is intended to make commanders more accountable
to the public.
Whether the changes will be acceptable
to the public and the individual commanders was unclear on Thursday.
Richard Rodriguez, union president,
said Thursday that he expects some officers to have concerns.
But, he said, "We are not opposed to the changes if it means
Still, Rodriguez said, the
changes will put "everybody out of their comfort zones
because the concept [of the policing structure] is new. It
could have a positive or negative effect depending on whether
[they] like where they are going."
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