Hartford Police Chief James C. Rovella
22nd Police Chief of the City of Hartford
Chief James C. Rovella was sworn in as Hartford’s 22nd Chief of Police on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, in the Atrium of Hartford City Hall.
Chief Rovella is no stranger to the City of Hartford or the Hartford Police Department. He was sworn in as a Hartford Police Recruit on June 29, 1981. Upon graduation from the Hartford Police Academy he was assigned to the Patrol Division and walked a beat on Barbour Street, Park Street, and was assigned to a patrol car in Charter Oak Terrace.
In 1987, Chief Rovella was appointed detective and assigned to the Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit where he found his passion of specializing in homicide and cold case investigations. After twenty years of service, he retired from the Hartford Police Department and accepted a position as an Inspector with the State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice. In 2006, Chief Rovella was promoted to Supervisory Inspector of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office Cold Case Unit, and in 2009 was appointed Chief Inspector for the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.
A Hartford native, Chief Rovella graduated from South Catholic High School in Hartford’s Southend in 1976, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford in 1980 and 1982 respectively. While attending college he was employed at the Hartford YMCA on Jewel Street in Hartford.
Chief Rovella is the recipient of the highest departmental award, the Chief’s Medal of Heroism, and the recipient of numerous letters of commendation and medals for Exemplary, Meritorious and Distinguished Service. He is a member of the Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association, FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA), PERF and other various Police Associations.
Chief Rovella’s family is part of the history and fabric of Hartford. His grandparents owned and operated the Travelers Market on Front Street and a meat market on New Britain Avenue in Hartford’s Southend. Both of Chief Rovella’s parents were born, raised and educated in Hartford.
Married for over thirty years, he and his wife Sandy have two sons, Daniel, a Willimantic Police Officer, and Marc, a college graduate who works in South Windsor. Chief Rovella is proud to be a cancer survivor. He and his wife live in the City of Hartford.