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Hartford Police Seek New Recruits

HARTFORD — Hartford Police department is now accepting applications for new police officers.

Applications are being accepted from now through Oct. 19. Separate applications for residents and nonresidents will be available at PoliceApp.com/HartfordCT.

Applicants must be 21 years or older at the time of application, provide proof of United States citizenship, have a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license.

The number of police hired since 2015 is 100, city officials said. Currently, there are 380 police officers in Hartford. The goal is to hired close to the department’s full strength of 475 police officers, officials said.

For more information, you can call 860-757-4233 or email JoinHPD@hartford.gov.

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Hartford Police Arrest Three for Narcotics

HARTFORD —  Hartford Police arrested three men on Wednesday for drug and weapons charges, police said.

Police arrested James Castaneda, 26, of Hartford was arrested on charges of possessing narcotics and other controlled substances, Henry Dejesus-Morales, 27, of Hartford for  possessing a firearm and narcotics, and Eddie Crespo, 24, of West Hartford for possession of narcotics.

Police said they obtain a tip that the suspects  at 100 Francis Ave. in Hartford were conducting illegal drug sales and possess firearms.

Among the items recovered are a 9mm handgun, 13 grams of crack cocaine, ammunition and $4,000 in cash and more than 1100 bags of heroin.

Items that the police found at the location included one loaded handgun and a large amount of narcotics, packaging material, U.S. Currency and a large amount of live ammunition.

Bond and court dates were unavailable at press time.


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Group to Monitor Hearing on Hartford Police Arrest for Gun Possession

HARTFORD — An advocacy group is inviting the public to a hearing on the recent “overzealous, hysterical arrest and prosecution” of a Hartford fireman found with 29 guns in the presence of a child at his house on Canaan Street.

Hartford Police on Oct. 1 arrested 42-year-old Michael Patterson (pictured below)of 251 Canaan St. in Hartford and charged him with breach of peace, threatening in the second degree and 29 felony counts of risk of injury to a child. The hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Hartford-GA14 courthouse. It is open to the public.

Connecticut Carry members said the hearing should be “educational and enlightening.”

Hartford Police Sgt. Brian Foley said that police investigation is ongoing and Major Crimes Division- Domestic Violence Detectives are still trying to track down and account for firearms at addresses in Hartford, Bloomfield and South Carolina. Detectives are working with the State Firearms Unit to review this incident as well as locate and account for all firearms registered to the accused. Police said Patterson is cooperating with investigators.

Patterson,Michael-HartfordConnecticut Carry questioned Hartford Police’s rationale for Patterson’s arrest, saying the police’s cause for the 29 felony charges is for 29 unloaded firearms being allegedly left accessible in the home where they claim a child resided with ammunition in close proximity is “based on the circumstances that they have used to publicly smear Lieutenant Patterson.”

The group organizers said the  Connecticut General Statutes are “quite clear on this issue, and the legislature did not change the relevant elements of the ‘safe storage’ statute when they repealed it and substituted new language on 4/4/2013.CGS §29-37i specifically addresses the storage of loaded firearms, not unloaded.

Patterson faces a potential sentence of 1 to 10 years and up to $10,000 for each charge, which is twice the potential penalty of criminally negligent storage of a firearm.

The group said it plans to monitor this case to make sure that justice prevails and Patterson is given his fair day in court.

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Hartford Mayor Appoints Interim Police Chief

HARTFORD —  There’s a new chief in town.

Beginning Jan. 1, Brian Heavren will be Hartford’s interim Police Chief, replacing 30-year veteran Daryl K Roberts. After five years as Chief, Roberts retired on Friday.

Heavren is currently the assistant chief. A  20-year veteran of the Hartford Police Department, he was appointed Assistant Chief in 2007 and commands the Detective Bureau.

Previously he served as Chief of Patrol, Headquarters Commander, Homeland Security Coordinator and Commander of Emergency Services. He has also served as a volunteer firefighter in Connecticut and Maryland.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Management and a Certificate in Homeland Security from St. Joseph College. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Health Services Administration from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

“I am pleased that Chief Heavren has agreed to take the helm of the Hartford Police Department to ensure a smooth transition as we continue our search for a permanent Police Chief,” said Mayor Segarra. “Moreover, I am grateful to Chief Roberts for his unwavering commitment to the City and its people over the past 30 years.

”In addition to Heavren’s appointment, the Mayor has selected James Rovella to serve as an assistant to the Mayor, effective Dec. 31, 2011. Rovella, who currently leads the Shooting Task Force, will maintain all responsibilities as Chief Inspector for the State’s Attorney’s Office while ensuring clear communication between the Police Department and the City of Hartford.

Rovella, who previously worked at the Hartford Police Department for 20 years as a patrol officer and detective, has served with the Chief State’s Attorney’s since 2001, responsible for the Division of Criminal Justice’s operational and administrative duties.

The Mayor and his cabinet team are reviewing Requests for Proposals from companies interested in overseeing the search process. The selected firm, which will implement a process that includes community input and a thorough vetting of candidates, will be selected in late January.

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Hartford Receives Grant To Hire More Cops

HARTFORD — The U.S. Justice Department has approved funding for 10 officer positions for the Hartford Police Department.

Under the 2011 COPS Hiring Program, the estimated amount of the three-year grant is more than $1.9 million.  CHP funding is designed to hire or rehire full-time sworn officers for state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide.

“This is critical funding for the city during this economic downturn.  Recovery is all about jobs and funding public safety positions in particular helps the enforcement of quality of life issues and the strengthening of Neighborhood Policing.  We accept this funding to ensure that people are and feel safe in our city,” said Mayor Segarra.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal  and Congressman John Larson helped funnel the money to the capital city.

“Fighting crime and violence in Hartford is supremely worthy of federal help – for the sake of residents and visitors, and especially Hartford’s children,” Blumenthal said.

Larson agreed.

“This grant could not come at a more important time. With State and Municipal governments being forced to make budget cuts, this grant will give the Hartford Police Department the crucial aid they need right now,” said Congressman John Larson.

The CHP grant award start date was September 1, 2011.  That means agencies can be reimbursed for expenditures made on or after this date.  The COPS Office awarded 238 of these grants totally approximately $240 million.


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Nappier’s Arrest Presents Glimpse Into Hartford Police Practices

Updated:9-20-2011; 5: 36 p.m.

By Ann-Marie Adams, Commentary

HARTFORD — Denise Lynn Nappier plays by the rules.

The first African-American elected to a state-wide office in Connecticut, State Treasurer Nappier usually carries herself in a dignified manner and has never been one to publicly talk about race. So I wondered what it was like for her to be cornered in a parking lot walled in by two high-rise buildings as I watched closely the news coverage of her Sept. 1 traffic stop by three Hartford police officers. And I noticed a coordinated effort to shift the news coverage from the thorny double issue of race and gender.

To date, we don’t know why the three police officers decided to run a check on Nappier’s 2011 Ford Crown Victoria at about 8: 30 p.m. that night at 385 Barbour St. But we do know there’s a tendency to look elsewhere for explanation with matters involving race and racism.

First, the Hartford Police Union’s Vice President Nazario Figueroa issued a statement that contradicted Nappier’s account. Then we had the department of motor vehicle spokesperson’s response to the media, clouding the credibility of Hartford State’s Attorney, Gail Hardy, the first African American appointed to that post.  Luckily for Nappier, the unedited police account supported her story. And a DMV spokesperson realized he misspoke. But for a while, the public was left with the impression that these two accomplished and high-profile black women fabricated their story.

Attempts to consciously, or unconsciously, cloud the issue with confusion underscore this salient fact: this is about race and how intrapersonal racism supports structural racism. Connecticut has the highest incarceration rate of blacks and Hispanics in the nation.

Traffic stops are another entry point into the system. On any day of the week, the New Britain Court house is filled with black and brown bodies waiting for trials for traffic violations, which in some cases are handled with lack of discretion. Without lawyers, defendants fight with only one tool: determination to prove thier innocence, not knowing the system usually supports the officers and render guilty verdicts–despite evidence to the contrary. And the state will collect its fines.

The high number of minorities in the judicial system—just for minor traffic offenses—is no doubt, in part, a result of racial profiling. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, examples of racial profiling are the use of race to determine which drivers to stop for minor traffic violations (commonly referred to as “driving while black or brown”).

Nappier instinctually knew she was profiled and was determined to fight. Good for her. But she must now use her platform to put a name to what we call neo-racism.

Despite the popularity of Oprah Winfrey, black females are the most oppressed group by men and women. So it’s not far-fetched to believe that on this September night, a white female officer decided to show Nappier the privilege of whiteness—coupled with a police uniform.

It didn’t matter that Nappier was a taxpayer who deserves professionalism, courtesy and respect. Officer Jill Kidik felt it necessary to cut Nappier down a peg or two, a remnant of the harsh labor system of cruelty and repression against enslaved Africans who resisted subordination. Their insubordination was met with increased restrictions and punishment. Black females especially are punished for violating the dominant culture’s code of conduct. Having an “attitude” is code word for being a “sassy negress.” If you want to understand the subtleties of these codes rooted in slavery, watch the movie, The Help. In the Nappier affair, Kidik served as an agent of racism and sexism.

Former Hartford Mayor Thirman Milner recalls a similar incident of racism 28 years ago. One night, he was walking on Albany Avenue, and two white female officers stopped him. They were belligerent. Afterward, they discovered he was the mayor. And to justify their behavior, they wrote in a report that Milner was drunk and wobbling along the Avenue. So they stopped him.

Then Police Chief Bernard Sullivan knew Milner was not a drinker. And on that night, Milner left a city council meeting—not a bar. Clearly, Sullivan recognized the officers lied. And he reprimanded them.

Almost three decades later, we have a city confronting the same issue: police officers fabricating reports. So we now have a glimpse into a possible cause of Connecticut’s high incarceration rate among minorities.

That’s why I have to fault Nappier for how she responded to a reporter when asked if she thought it was racial profiling. Despite her so-called three-mile walk home with much time for reflection on the incident, Nappier’s response was: “I don’t know.”

Black women have been profiled since they landed on these shores. Even the venerable Oprah Winfrey was a victim of racial profiling at a high-end department store. But unlike Nappier, Winfrey and Milner, most poor people don’t have cell numbers of high-ranking officials.

I’m not saying all police stops with minorities involve racial profiling. But in examining this case, I wondered what the motive was for a random check on Nappier’s state issued car.

In addition, I know Kidik had other options for Nappier after she discovered her identity. Kidik could have had Nappier call a tow truck at her own expense to tow it back to her house. Or tell Nappier to check into the situation the next day. Or call a supervisor. Kidik chose to administer the most severe punishment for what was clearly a mix up. Something she wouldn’t have done if she had stopped Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

So Nappier has an obligation to call this incident what it is: racial profiling.  As Congresswoman Maxine Waters said: name it. The fact that the stop was in a “high-crime” neighborhood is irrelevant. It’s the personal interaction between Nappier and the white female officer that turned this arrest into a racial issue, according to reports on racial profiling.

Kidik had a set of rules for black, uppity females. That double standard is called discrimination—not poor judgment.

Dr. Ann-Marie Adams is race and gender associate at Rutgers University. Follow her on Twitterand Facebook. You can reach her at annwritestuff@msn.com.

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Shooting On Martin Street, One Dead

HARTFORD — Police have confirmed that one man has died after a shooting on Martin Street.

Late Sunday, Hartford police were still investigating a shooting at 38 Martin Street in which two men were reportedly shot.

According to reports, one man died from a bullet wound to the chest. The other was injured and is reportedly OK.




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