The city of Hartford will have more police officers on streets due to a multi-million dollar grant from the federal government.
Hartford received $4.75 million in federal public safety grants on Friday afternoon.
The three grants will be used to improve policing, community relations and for the city to improve data and information sharing to prevent and investigate cases of gun violence.
The city will use 3.5 million from the three grants for 15 new officers over the next three years.
"It allows me a lot of flexibility and it allows me to put these beat men back on barber street and different areas of the city and park street to build those relationships with folks the old fashioned way where they call that officer, meet with that officer have a meal with that officer and it's not just enforcement by police," Hartford Police Chief James Rovella said.
One million dollars will be used to support public safety initiatives and $245,681 for tip line technology help.
"These grant dollars are certainly going to put more cops on the street, that's important," U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said. "But, one of these grants is going to help the chief build this new brand, this new model of an effective community engaged police officers. "
Rovella and Murphy was joined by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Congressman John Larson (CT-1) and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin to make the announcement on Friday afternoon.
"When you think about it, most of the kids are scared you don't now what to say is that officer going to grab me everybody on the defense," parent Lawrence Mounds said.
One of the grants received by the city is to help police reduce gang violence and violent criminal activity.
"They shop there they eat there they talk with their citizens they understand the issues in that neighborhood that's important," Rovella said.
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