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Police establish gun violence task force in New Britain

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Officials in New Britain said a new police task force will help cut down on crime and gun violence in the city.

On Tuesday afternoon, city officials unveiled the Greater New Britain Shooting Task Force at a press conference. The task force will work along with Office of the Chief State's Attorney, Connecticut State Police and Department of Corrections.

"I think it is important that we work with our partners in the state to do what is needed that we are addressing the very acute problems that we have," said Mayor Tim O'Brien.

The goal of the task force will work to reduce the amount of gun violence in New Britain. There have been 150 gun-related incidents in the city over the first nine months of the year, police said. There have been five murders involving guns, police added.

"To those individuals who are responsible for the bulk of gun violence and crimes in the community within this judicial district, this is a bad day for you," said New Britain states attorney Brian Preleski

The task force, which will consist of officers from Berlin and Southington, is hoping to solve cold cases in the city.

"There is way too much gun violence going on," said one New Britain resident.

City officials hope to have the same success as cities such as Hartford, which has seen a 42 percent reduction in gun-related murders since it started its task force in 2011.

"Public safety is our first priority. People have a fundamental right to be safe in their homes and their cities," O'Brien said. "The law-abiding people of this state should be free to walk the streets of their communities without fear that they will become the next victim."

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