Hartford and state officials say gun-involved murders in the capital city are down 42 percent and nonfatal shootings have dropped 29 percent since an anti-gun violence task force was formed just more than a year ago.
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, and other officials, launched the task force July 5, 2011, and is a collaboration of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that are dedicated to eradicating gun violence in Hartford.
The Task Force is a partnership between the Hartford Police Department, Office of the Hartford State's Attorney, Office of the Chief State's Attorney, the Connecticut State Police, the Connecticut Departments of Correction and Parole and the West Hartford, Manchester, Wethersfield and East Hartford police departments.
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, acting Police Chief James Rovella and state prosecutors announced the results of the Shooting Task Force's first year of work Tuesday. The group includes police officers from Hartford and surrounding towns, state police, prosecutors, prison officials and parole officials.
"This hopefully will translate, and continue to
translate, to eradicate the perception the unfair perception that is often
times given to our city," Segarra said.
Police said there were 15 fatal shootings in the city in the year that ended June 30, down from 26 during the previous year. Nonfatal shootings dropped to 96 from 136 over the same period.
Seventy-six guns were seized and 214 felony arrests were made in the past year.
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