Hartford mayor asks for more police resources (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Hartford’s mayor has asked the governor to bring in more state police and other resources because of the rise in homicides.
There have been 17 murders so far this year, which is the highest in the region. There were 19 homicides in 2014.
"We made a request to the Governor to consider sending us additional resources to staff the shooting task force and make sure that we continue that work in its fullest,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, adding that he sent a letter to Gov. Dannel Malloy on Thursday.
The shooting task force was created five years ago.
Segarra is asking for three additional detectives from the Connecticut State Police, three additional inspectors from the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office, and to increase the current part-time probation staff to full-time.
There were two homicides on Benton Street in a matter of weeks, and State Rep. Angel Arce said he feels the mayor should have requested help earlier and that budget cuts have hurt staffing at the police department.
"As of last January, 70 cops were going to retire - and we have nobody in the academy to come in --- we knew this problem was coming - we knew we were going to be short of cops," Arce said.
"Hartford is clearly having a spike in crime. They've made a request. I'm certainly not going to deny the request. It may not all be appropriate. That's why I distribute it to the commissioners who oversee the personnel that are involved,” Malloy said.
Segarra said previously that he has requested help before however the governor’s office said this is the first time and that no other request has been made.
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