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Hartford police initiative seeks to stop summer violence


When the summertime heats up, the streets heat up with violence. It’s the trend across the state and all the major cities, and Hartford is no exception.

Fuzz, as he’s known on the streets, loves his city. I mean he really cares about it, and he’s glad to see the police ramping up for the summer season. Because when the schools get out, the guns tend to come out.

“The kids are bored, that’s what it is. So what else is there to do out here but walk around and fight?” he said.

Hartford mayor and police chief announced their citywide plan to crack down on crime.

-4 extra officers on every shift.

-Visible Street crimes unit.

-Teaming up with State police adding troopers to Vice intelligence and narcotics unit.

Hartford Police Chief David Rosado says they will be using statistics to pinpoint the areas where the violent crime is the greatest.

“We know in the city who are most violent offenders are, and we are going after them.”

Police will also be adding old-fashioned walk beats to Somers of Hartford during high crime times. Something Justin Santiago thanks Mike just work.

“And there wouldn’t be so much animosity towards either the civilians or the police officers, everything would be equal, now if they do that out here, it will be a whole Nother standpoint, because now people are going to say all right they’re actually for the community.”

Police say working with the community is the key. They will respond and investigate every tip. If you don’t want to give your name there is a hotline you can leave a message on, staying the problem without having to reveal your identity. The number is: (860) 722.TIPS.

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