Hartford and New London have been awarded $225,000 each from the Department of Justiceâ€™s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS. Thatâ€™s the federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide.
Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts:
"One of the biggest challenges facing our police department right now is the youth violence. We really believe there is an epidemic with young urban males using gun violence to resolve their differences. This will help us because it will give us additional personnel on the street."
COPS grants provide up to 75 percent of the total salary and benefits for new officers. Local funds pay the rest. At a meeting in Denver, held during the Democratic National Convention, Connecticut mayors joined officials from around the country demanding that both presidential campaigns pay more attention to the problem of rising urban crime.