The last two weeks have been very busy at the Hartford Police Department. My staff and I are in the process of developing next year’s budget and we continue to implement our safe city Initiative. While challenged with the same fiscal constraints we are all facing in today’s perilous economy, I want you to know that I will do my very best to preserve the highest level of police services necessary to keep our city safe. Although the planned April police recruit class has been postponed to July, I want to assure you that the level of police services you have become accustomed to will be maintained. Despite the fiscal challenges ahead, I will continue seek improvements in the services we provide to the public we serve.
Speaking of improvements, we continue to transform the HPD website to make it easier to navigate so that information from the department is more accessible to you. Please do not hesitate to share any suggestions you may have for improvements to our webpage.
Finally, I want to share with you a 1964 television episode of “Lawbreakers” recently found in the files of the HPD. This episode of “Lawbreakers”, hosted and produced by actor Lee Marvin and the Hartford Police Department, depicts a homicide investigation by the HPD. As then HPD Police Chief John J. Kerrigan says in his closing remarks, the quick capture of the suspect was made possible not only by excellent police work, but most importantly, by the cooperation of the public - a message that remains true to this day. Click here to view the video or visit our website at www.hartford.gov/police.
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