Last week “Southender” remarked on the seventeen programs which make up our 2008 Safe City Initiative (see previous Blog for listing) - specifically “who will drive this and where is the funding to support it?”
The Safe City Initiative is a cross-departmental, total team approach to crime reduction, safer communities, and enhanced quality of life, that includes not only the Police Department, but also Licenses and Inspections, Housing, Development, Public Works, and Fire. So, funding comes from every department’s involvement. It is the responsibility of the entire team to drive the initiative, but certainly the police department is, for the most part, taking the lead.
In that regard over the next few weeks I will focus my weekly Blog posting on the components of the 2008 Safe City Initiative.
Enhanced Communication & Community Partnerships:
The Community Contact Partnership Program, begun June 1st, is the responsibility of all sworn personnel from the rank of Captain down to develop two community contacts a month within their area of responsibility for a total of fourteen by the end of December 2008. The purpose of these contacts is to improve the police department’s relationships within the neighborhoods and increase information exchange. The community contact program is administered by both the Community Services Bureau and the Detective Bureau. Officers of all ranks are taking part in the program and will be held accountable to their direct supervisors..
The community contact program is build upon the foundation of open, honest communication. Community contacts will be made by police with the residents and business owners with an understanding of a collaborative partnership. The community contact should be receptive to inquiries from their department partners relating to issues taking place in their neighborhoods. These issues are not only limited to violent crime, but also quality of life issues that negatively impact the area. In return, department partners will be expected to offer assistance and support to the community through timely attention to their problems.
The Crime Solvers Tip Lines Program. The HPD supports three tip-lines for you to get information to police: the Crime Solvers Tip Line: 527-TIPS (8477), located in the Major Crimes Division; the Gun Tip Line at 525-GUNS (4867) in the Intelligence Division; and the Drug Tip Line 525-DRUG (3784). These tip lines serve a dual purpose. First, they provide an opportunity to leave information anonymously and secondly, our officers will be encouraged to utilize the Crime Solvers Tips Line as well, to provide information relative to crime conditions in their areas and information they receive regarding past crimes. Use of the Crime tip line by officers is intended to further enhance the information exchange between the Community Services Bureau and the Detective Bureau.
In the fall of 2008 the Hartford Police Department, in conjunction with Hartford the Hartford Board of Education, will create an elementary school reading program that places cops in the classrooms. Each week police officers will read to students from kindergarten through fifth grade. The goal of the Cop-A-Book Program is to emphasize the importance of reading and rewarding reading successes, thereby enhancing each student’s confidence.
Enhanced Communication and Community Partnerships is the cornerstone of our 2008 Safe City Initiative, and is aimed at building trust through honest communication, impacting crime through information sharing, and building educational relationships with our youth.
Next week I will discuss in detail our enforcement strategies relating to quality of life issues and crime suppression.
Again, thank you all for your postings and please continue to share your suggestions and comments with me. I look forward to writing this Blog each week as a means of connecting directly with you so that we can learn from each other as we work together to create a safe environment in our great city.
Your Chief, Daryl K. Roberts