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HARTFORD, CONN (February 4, 2019) – Today the Hartford Police Department began implementing its body warn camera program, starting with forty police officers during a 30-day pilot phase.  Equipping the Department with body-worn cameras has been a priority of Mayor Luke Bronin, the City Council, and Police Chief David Rosado, and in 2018 Hartford purchased 325 body worn cameras.  The Police Department will be expanding body worn cameras to the full patrol team and then Department-wide as part of a multi-phased roll out. Please see a Frequently Asked Questions document from the Police Department here, and the Hartford Police Department’s policy on body worn camerashere, which was based on the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council model policy. 

“Our police department has demonstrated a strong commitment to transparency and accountability, and body worn cameras will strengthen that commitment even further,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Body worn cameras are beneficial for our men and women in uniform and our community as a whole, and they’re an important tool for successful community policing.  The city has been pursuing body warn cameras for some time, and I am glad that working with Chief Rosado and his team, the Hartford Police Union, and the City Council, we’ve reached an important milestone today.”

“Body worn cameras are an important tool for modern day community policing, and I’m proud that we’re rolling them out in Hartford within my first year on the job,” said Chief Rosado.  “Body worn cameras are a win for our entire city, because it helps both our officers and our residents when there’s more transparency about our interactions with the public.  This pilot program is an important step, and it’s one of several phases we will go through before the cameras are fully integrated and deployed Department-wide.  I want to thank the Mayor and the City Council for their partnership in getting these cameras.  We look forward to rolling them out to more and more of our officers in the months ahead.”

“Police body-worn cameras are increasingly being implemented across the county and can be an effective tool to increase accountability, transparency, and trust,” said City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames.  “After many years of planning, I am proud to say that the Hartford Police Department is ready to launch the use of Officer body-worn cameras that will go a long way to enhance police and community relations.”

“Body cameras have been a long-time request of the community,” said Minority Leader Wildaliz Bermudez.  “It's good to see they will now be implemented.  We look forward to receiving additional information of what is collected with their use.”

“I'm happy that we're starting the body camera pilot today,” said Majority Leader James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the City Council’s Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.  “It's an added layer of protection for both our community and officers.  It creates a stronger sense of security, accountability and transparency on both sides of the isle.  I look forward to a stronger community relationship with HPD.  Thank you.”

“I am pleased to see our Police Department moving in the direction of 21st Century Policing,” said City Councilman Thomas J. Clarke II, Co-Chair of the City Council’s Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.  “Today’s announcement of the pilot program is an essential indicator to the public that our police chief and city leaders seek to strengthen the relationship with the community by holding our officers accountable and being transparent.”





HARTFORD, CONN (January 31, 2019) – Today, the City of Hartford announced it is accepting applications from organizations and citizen groups for ten $1,000 grants aimed at combating blight in the Frog Hollow neighborhood, as part of the City’s Love Your Block (LYB) program.  Grant funding can be used for getting the supplies needed to implement local, volunteer-led projects. LYB is designed to increase neighborhood pride by creating opportunities for residents to own and lead change in their community.  The application for the grants is available here, and completed applications are due no later than March 1, 2019 at 5 PM. 

“Our Blight Remediation Team has been working closely with NRZs to combat blight because we can only make progress working together, and Love Your Block is another creative way to encourage grassroots engagement in this vital mission,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Residents and community organizations can make a real impact on Frog Hollow with these grants.  I want to thank the Frog Hollow NRZ and the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance for partnering with us to get Love Your Block up and running.”

Cities of Service awarded Hartford a $25,000 Love Your Block implementation grant last year specifically for the Frog Hollow neighborhood.  In addition to the grant funding, two AmeriCorps VISTA members have already started working with Frog Hollow residents and they will support residents and organizations as mini grants are distributed.

Mayor Bronin has made combating blight a priority, creating a Blight Remediation Team that has been working with Neighborhood Revitalization Groups to target specific properties and blocks around the city.  He also secured $5 million in State funding for a Land Bank, which is now in the process of conducting a detailed city-wide blight assessment in partnership with the Hartford Youth Service Corps.  Later this year the Land Bank expects to begin using its authority to acquire and rehabilitate properties in partnership with a variety of stakeholders.

“SINA applauds the City for working with the community to launch this initiative,” said Melvyn Colon, Executive Director of the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance.  “It provides the residents an opportunity to demonstrate the intense pride they have in their neighborhoods.”

“The NRZ is very excited about the LYB program and the many creative ideas our neighbors present to help improve the neighborhood,” said Aaron Gill, Chair of the Frog Hollow Neighborhood Revitalization Zone.  “We encourage all of our neighbors to submit mini-grant applications and participate in the program.”





HARTFORD, CONN (January 29, 2019) – The City of Hartford will have daytime warming centers and an overnight warming center open during the upcoming cold weather, as State has activated the Severe Cold Weather Protocol.  Mayor Luke Bronin also reminded property owners and landlords that they are responsible for clearing the snow on sidewalks adjacent to their properties after storms.  Hartford expects up to two inches of snow and rain beginning later tonight, but there is no parking ban.


“We are expecting a combination of snow and rain overnight and our Public Works team will be out salting, plowing, and shoveling beginning late tonight,” said Mayor Bronin.  “There are daytime warming centers open around the city, and we will also open our overnight warming center beginning Wednesday at 12 noon until 12 noon on Sunday.  Please remember that you have six hours after a storm to shovel your sidewalks – including curb cuts that allow residents in wheelchairs to travel safely away from the road.  After last week’s storm, we received a number of complaints that sidewalks had not been cleared well enough by private property owners.”

Daytime Warming Centers:

• Hartford Public Library, Downtown Branch, 500 Main St and its branches. For locations and hours, please visit  

• South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Ave: Wednesday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

• North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry St: Wednesday – Friday 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

• Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Ave: Wednesday - Friday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

• Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main St: Wednesday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

• Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth St: Wednesday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Please note that the Hartford Public Library follows Hartford Public Schools in terms of delays and closures.

Overnight Warming Center:

Willie Ware Community Center, 697 Windsor Street will open from 12 noon on Wednesday, January 30th through 12 noon on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019.


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