Friday, July 25, 2008

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

It has been two weeks since my last posting and much has happened. First and foremost I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the families of Johan Rosa, Joseph Gilles and Jakeem Jaquan Tully. I can assure you that our teams of detectives and patrol officers, with their federal and state partners, are committed to routing out the violent individuals responsible for these crimes and seeing that they are brought to justice. We will not rest until we get guns out of the hands of these violent and reckless individuals who resort to gun violence to resolve disputes.

As part of a nationwide effort to reduce youth violence I am working with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a national anti-crime organization of over 4,000 sheriffs, police chiefs, prosecutors, and violence survivors. This organization is asking Congress to enact the “Education Begins At Home Act”, a program that would provide home-visits targeted to cut child abuse and neglect and prevent crime. Mayor Eddie A. Perez and I hosted a press conference yesterday at Hartford City Hall with Wethersfield Police Chief James Cetran on this vital program. You can view the report “Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse and Reducing Crime in Connecticut: Coaching Parents Through Intensive Home Visiting” at the following link:

Below is a video of my remarks at the press conference for your information. I would be very interested in your comments and thoughts about this subject.

Chief Daryl K. Roberts


Anonymous said...

Chief, I've noticed that a number of people have written you regarding their concerns. Sometimes you respond and sometimes you don't. I think the best way to encourage a dialog is to respond to as many posts as possible. Bless you for your dedication and efforts in trying to make Hartford a better place to live and raise families!

Hartford Chief of Police said...

To anonymous and other readers:
I set aside several hours every Friday to write my post. Often I respond to questions and statements in comments within my post. Some I respond individually. Please know I will make every effort to respond to all your comments and find them valuable and useful in my planning with my command staff for the delivery of police services in the city.
Chief Daryl K. Roberts