Noise complaints are the number one call for service received by the police department during the evening hours. Consequently, as Chief, I have made enforcement of the City of Hartford's noise ordinance the number one quality of life priority for the Hartford Police Department.
Inasmuch as many residents may not realize the laws governing noise in our city, this week the City of Hartford, including the Mayor's Office, City Council Members, Hartford Police Department, and community advocates launched a "Quiet Please" community education campaign about the do's and don'ts of making noise in the city.
First of all, did you know that it is against the law to make noise in the City of Hartford that can be heard 100 feet from its source at any time of day or night? Also, violation of the city noise ordinance can result in a $90.00 fine, judge-ordered community service, or, if violations persist, a jail sentence of up to 25 days.
In April of 2008, following enactment of changes to the city's noise ordinance, the HPD began conducting training for all officers on noise enforcement. As a result of the new provisions in the noise ordinance, increased training of police personnel with respect to noise violations, and an increased emphasis on noise enforcement, we have significantly increased enforcement.
However, just as important to me as enforcement, is the sharing of information with the public so that there is a clear understanding of what constitutes noise violations and that the public is aware that their police department is doing their part to make our neighborhoods not only safer but quieter.
For your information and convenience I have included this link to the procedures for making noise complaints to the police: How to report a noise problem.
I have no doubt with the public's assistance and knowledge of the laws governing noise in the city that we can all enjoy quieter neighborhoods and an improved quality of life.
As always your comments and suggestions are most welcome. I do want and need to hear from you so that I can learn what is important to our customers - the residents, businesses, workers and visitors to our city - whom we serve and protect.