From the Chief’s Desk:
Over the past week numerous individuals have resorted to gun violence to resolve their differences and/or conflicts, two such incidents resulting in homicides. This senseless gun violence must stop.
Let me make it clear to those who perpetrate these crimes, that the Hartford Police Department and members of our community have a zero tolerance for this violence and that, working together, we will hold these individuals accountable for their actions.
Please know that the Hartford Police Department will work harder to get more guns off the street and out of the hands of our young people. Year to date we have seized 191 firearms and made 103 firearm related arrests. We will work with families to make kids understand that using a gun is not the way to resolve differences. And, we have and will continue to enforce zero tolerance for any and all crime, especially crimes involving gun violence.
As the 2008 Safe City Initiative is in full swing you will see a strong police presence. You will see the HPD address crime aggressively and in the most professional way – everyday.
As your police chief I take my responsibility very personally and I am passionate about our City and my service to our citizens. I believe in the people of Hartford. As we come together as a community I have no doubt we can and will meet the challenges before us and ultimately make our city stronger – as strong as its people.
Your Chief, Daryl K. Roberts