(October 18, 2012) – Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, Chief of Police James C. Rovella and the Board of Education today announced that a formal Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been signed creating a partnership between the Hartford Police Department and Hartford Public Schools. The agreement outlines a more consistent response to disruptive school incidents and a more concerted effort to reduce the number of students referred to court. It establishes clear guidelines for the handling of non-emergency disruptive behavior at both school and school-related events by personnel representing the HPD and the HPS.
“This agreement creates a critically important collaborative partnership between the HPD and HPS and clearly delineates the individual responsibilities and collective accountabilities of each organization. The implementation of a graduated response system for handling various levels of student misbehavior from classroom disturbances to criminal activity is an important step towards ensuring a safe learning environment for all Hartford students. The HPS will monitor the implementation of the agreement, collect data and assess the effectiveness of the agreement on a regular basis, while the HPD will share arrest reports with school officials,” said Mayor Segarra.
Police Chief Rovella followed, “The Mayor has been very clear on this issue: we cannot continue to arrest students because we lack alternatives to incarceration. As Chief of Police, I believe that one of my primary responsibilities is to work with City and School officials to create new pathways for success while simultaneously diverting our students away from the justice system. Working with the Mayor and Superintendent, I believe we’ve taken a substantial step forward.”
"The Hartford Public Schools is committed to reducing the number of arrests of our students in our schools. We have been working informally with the Hartford Police Department over the past year and a half to implement student centered disciplinary interventions that keep students in school and out of the judicial system. I am pleased to move our collaboration forward even more with the signing of this MOA which is in the best interest of the Hartford community," said Superintendent Kishimoto.
Board of Education Chairman Matt Poland continued, “For years, previous Boards of Education and residents have demanded that more be done to reduce the number of arrests at our schools. Today, I’m proud to say that, under the leadership of Mayor Segarra and Chief Rovella, we’ve responded in a substantial way.”
In the next few days, the complete Memo of Agreement will be posted on the City’s web site (MOU).
For Immediate Release: October 18, 2012