City of Hartford
50 Jennings Road
Hartford, Connecticut 06120
Patrick J. Harnett
Chief of Police
Eddie A. Perez
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
HARTFORD MAYOR EDDIE
PEREZ ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF THE NEW NORTHEAST VIOLENCE REDUCTION
INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS THE TROUBLING INCREASE IN VIOLENCE IN THE NORTHEAST
DISTRICT OF THE CITY.
(Hartford) - Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez and Police Chief
Patrick J. Harnett today provided details of the Hartford Police
Department's Northeast Violence Reduction Initiative aimed at reducing
violent gun and narcotic activity in the Clay Arsenal, Northeast, and Upper
The HPD's Northeast Violence Reduction Initiative is a two pronged
approach to bolster police presence and enforcement activity in the target
- Uniformed personnel will be deployed through highly visible proactive
enforcement tactics and walking beats at specific locations in the
identified neighborhoods; and
- Detectives from the Narcotics and Guns Teams, Gun Task Force,
Intelligence Division, Major Crimes Division, and the Juvenile
Investigative Division will be deployed to identify individuals, groups,
and/or gangs who are responsible for shootings and related narcotics and
gun activity, and build cases against these individuals to arrest them and
disrupt their violent, illegal activity.
The overall operational commander of the Northeast Violence Reduction
Initiative will be HPD Deputy Chief Daryl K. Roberts, Commander of the North
Division. Under his command additional resources will be deployed for
uniform Conditions Teams, Narcotics and Gun Teams, the Gun Task Force,
Traffic, Major Crimes, Intelligence and Juvenile Investigative Divisions,
and the Fugitive Task Force.
Enhanced policing efforts will include but not be limited to:
- Additional staffing of uniformed personnel to provide highly visible
proactive enforcement and walking beats at designated "hotspot" locations
within the three neighborhoods.
- Detectives from the Northeast Narcotics and Gun Team will work hand in
hand with the Gun Task Force with specific assignments to target areas
within the three neighborhoods.
- Supplemental support for assertive narcotics enforcement seven days a
- The Gun Task Force confidential tip hotline (860) 525-GUNS will be
publicized and a reward system is being developed.
- Traffic enforcement will be conducted in highly visible specific
locations within the three neighborhoods.
- Juvenile Investigative Division detectives will conduct proactive
intervention with young teenage and juvenile aged individuals and their
families who may be involved in street level activity. They will
also work with community members and organizations to dissuade identified
youths from street level activity and make personal visits to their homes
to offer alternatives.
- The Fugitive Task Force will direct their efforts on wanted persons
within the target areas, with up to date warrant lists, for specific
individuals of interest involved in violence, guns, and narcotics who are
living or operating illegal activity in the target neighborhoods.
Public Information Officer, Hartford Police Department, (860) 543-8746
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