Hartford police officers spent the day on Saturday with people who they protect and serve, brainstorming solutions to get a handle on the violence in the capital city.
It was a push to “Stomp the Violence,” and began an ongoing conversation with community leaders.
This Stop the Violence event was a new idea that came out of a community forum last summer following a deadly streak of violence in Hartford.
Hartford’s Proud Drill, Drum and Dance Corps helped organize the event, and spent some time on Saturday morning warming up the stage at the former Quirk Middle School.
The group’s founder, Terry Starks, said the mission is to give young people a positive environment and a reason to stay off the streets.
She said from day one, she said "we have to do something, we have to do something."
That is why the group banded together with the Hartford Police Department to come up with solutions to stomp out the violence.
"There is no line, we're all here together and we can only grow and elevate ourselves as a community if we're all in this together,” said Hartford Police Sgt. Steven Austin.
"One event by itself won't do that, but if enough of them are done and if there's enough relationship building it can contribute to minimizing or preventing violence in the neighborhood,” said Richard Frieder of the Hartford Public Library.
The event was open to all Hartford residents.
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