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Hartford, Conn. (March 2, 2017) – Today, Mayor Bronin announced the Hartford Police Department will begin accepting applications for Hartford residents to apply to become Police Officers. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on March 15, 2017.

“Building our police department up to appropriate staffing levels remains a priority of this administration, and I’m hopeful that Hartford residents will seize this opportunity to step up to be a part of the change in our community,” said Mayor Bronin. “We are recruiting on an ongoing basis, from within Hartford and from outside of Hartford, but this particular recruiting drive is focused on Hartford residents. We believe that increasing the number of Hartford residents on the force helps to strengthen the ties between our police officers and the community they serve.” 

Mayor Bronin and Chief Rovella both stressed their commitment to continued recruiting efforts, as the department prepares for additional retirements of long-serving officers.  Because the City of Hartford failed to recruit an adequate number of officers in prior years, Mayor Bronin said that he anticipates hiring multiple recruit classes each year for the next few years.

Chief Rovella said, “Our recruitment process is ongoing and with Mayor Bronin’s support, we’re going to keep searching for the best applicants to mitigate the shortfall of officers.”

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application, and possess a high school diploma or GED, as well as a valid driver’s license. Applicants will face an examination process consisting of a physical ability test, a written test, and an oral test. To be appointed, candidates must also pass a drug test, a background investigation, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, an interview with the Chief of Police, a physical examination, and a working test/probationary period of one year after graduation from the Police Academy. All parts of the examination are designed to determine the ability of applicants to learn and perform the duties of a Police Officer in a multi-culturally diverse environment.

“Despite an aggressive timeline, I am hopeful that there will be an overwhelming response from Hartford residents.” said City Council President Thomas J. Clarke, II, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee. “I am optimistic for a record response number.”

“Given our current shortage of police officers, this is a great opportunity to support the police department in their efforts to restore staffing levels.” said Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.  “It is my hope that we receive a great response from Hartford residents seeking to make a difference their community.”

Mayor Bronin encourages all interested in applying to submit their application and required documentation online at, in person, or by mail to the City of Hartford, Human Resources Department, 550 Main Street, Room 3, Hartford, CT 06103.






HARTFORD, CONN (Feb. 23, 2017) – Today, Mayor Luke Bronin joined Police Chief James Rovella to welcome 16 new Hartford Police recruits to the force during their first week of police academy training. This class is one of three recruiting classes planned for calendar year 2017.

“I am proud to welcome these dedicated men and women to the Hartford Police force," said Mayor Bronin. "They have made it through an extensive and rigorous selection process, and they now begin their training as guardians, protectors and public servants in the Hartford community. I look forward to swearing them in as full members of a department committed to the ethos of community policing, committed to accountability and transparency, and committed as well to the goal of building a force that better reflects the tremendous diversity of the city of Hartford."

This class of 16 includes (2) African American police recruits, (8) Hispanic police recruits and (6) female police recruits, making it one of the most diverse police classes hired by the Hartford Police Department. In addition, the class includes three Hartford Police Cadets. The cadet program was designed to serve as a pipeline for Hartford residents seeking a career in law enforcement.

“As a whole, this diverse recruit class represents a step in a positive direction as we look to restore and diversify our staffing levels.” said Chief Rovella. “Individually, we will look for each recruit to understand the importance of service to our city and acting as a guardian to our community. We wish them luck as they begin training academy.”

“I am pleased that our new class of 16 police recruits represent such a diverse group of individuals, including Hartford residents.” said City Council President Thomas J. Clarke, II, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee. “I have the utmost confidence that Chief Rovella and his team will be able to develop and train them so they can be prepared to serve and protect the people in the City of Hartford"

“I am happy to know that we are continuing to make progress towards increasing our staffing levels and I look forward to congratulating our new class of police recruits upon their successful graduation from the training academy.” said Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.
The Hartford Police Department is continuing to recruit officers, and currently anticipates bringing on another class in the early summer and a third class in the early fall of 2017.






HARTFORD, CONN. (February 11, 2017) – Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has declared a snow emergency parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and ending at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017.


"Right now, we are expecting between four and eight inches of snow, from midday Sunday through Sunday night.  The Department of Public Works is monitoring the storm and preparing plowing operations, and they've been working throughout the day today to make sure we are ready for the next round," said Mayor Luke Bronin. “A parking ban will allow us to get the streets cleared, and it is essential that everyone respects the parking ban so that our DPW team can work safely and effectively.”


During a snow parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. Any vehicles not removed from City streets by the start of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed. Residents without access to off-street parking may move their vehicles to one of the authorized parking areas including Blue Light Lots, City Parks, Recreation and Senior Centers, and Hartford District School Parking Lots before the start of the parking ban.


Blue lights have been installed at 16 major intersections.  The lights will be illuminated 6 hours before a parking ban takes effect and will remain illuminated throughout the duration of the parking ban.  Seven “Blue Light Lots” have been identified and dedicated solely for use during snow emergency parking bans. These newly designated “Blue Light Lots” will provide more parking options for residents who do not have access to off-street parking. 


Mayor Bronin also encouraged residents to sign up to receive alerts from the City of Hartford by registering online at   “We’re not going to overuse this alert system, and you can always decide to unsubscribe.  But we encourage you to sign up so that you can get timely, important information about what’s happening in the City – including parking bans.” 


To avoid being ticketed and towed, please move all on street cars to the following list of authorized parking areas: 


Blue Light Lots

  •         130 Sisson Ave
  •         2404 Main St
  •         135 Main St
  •         50 Curcombe St
  •         20 Francis Ct
  •         60 Chadwick St
  •         11 Flower St


City Parks, Recreation and Senior Centers

  •        Colt Park – Warwarme St Lot                 
  •         Elizabeth Park – Asylum St Lot                  
  •         Elizabeth Park – Prospect Ave Lot           
  •         Goodwin Park – Hubbard Ave Lot           
  •         Goodwin Park – Maple Ave Golf Course Lot     
  •         Keney Park – Woodland St Lot  
  •         Keney Park – Ridgefield St Lot 
  •         Rocky Ridge Park – Zion St Lot
  •         Thomas J. Hyland Memorial Park – Ansonia St Lot
  •         Foster Heights Park – Amherst St Lot
  •         Holcomb Health and Human Services Campus - 2 Holcomb St Lot
  •         North End Senior Center - 80 Coventry StLot
  •         Parker Memorial Community Center - 2621 Main St
  •         Metzner Recreation Center – 680 Franklin Av
  •         Samuel Valentin ArroyoRecreationCenter – 30 Pope Park Dr


All Hartford District School Parking Lots.

  • For a complete list click HERE


Residents should remove their vehicles from the lots promptly following the end of the parking ban. Residents whose vehicles are towed during the parking ban should contact the Hartford Police Department at (860) 757-4000. Please visit for a list of snow emergency parking locations, and for information regarding towed vehicles.



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