HARTFORD — Hartford is one of three law enforcement groups statewide that is receiving Federal Stimulus Money to hire police officers and to help sustain the positive momentum of the Capital City’s ongoing commitment to reduce serious crime, according to a press release by the mayor’s office.
Hartford is receiving $4,265,672 from the COPS Hiring Recovery Program, the release says. This is a competitive grant for which 78 Connecticut law enforcement agencies applied and only three received funding. Bridgeport and New Haven are also receiving funding.
Mayor Eddie Perez says that the funding will provide Hartford with 23 officers, which is equivalent to one recruiting class. it will also help to enhance department’s work.
Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts says the funding will help improve existing programs so the department can enables “forge ahead as we work with residents to prevent and reduce serious crime throughout our great city.”
As of this date, the HPD has 460 sworn officers on staff.