HARTFORD Conn. (WTNH) – Hartford is making moves to try to have more of its police officers and firefighters be residents of the city. On Tuesday, Mayor Pedro Segarra and the City Council announced a new Public Safety initiative to make that happen. The goal is to create pathways for young people to attend the Police Academy, and help prepare residents for careers in firefighting and emergency medical response.
According to a news release the initiative calls for four programs:
-Outreach and recruitment campaigns to inform Hartford residents of the Public Safety Initiative and recruit them as participants.
-A five-week summer program for at least 45 high school students from Hartford who have expressed an interest in public safety careers. The program shall include placement in Hartford Police and Fire Departments, training in first aid and CPR, physical fitness, team building and experience with practical law enforcement skills.
-An extended year program offering mentoring, counseling and stipends during the school year for students who participated in the summer program.
-A post-secondary program offering mentoring, counseling, tuition assistance, stipends for books and activities between semesters for students attending colleges or high school graduates who plan to pursue a career in law enforcement. In addition, the program will prepare individuals for exams to enter the Police Academy and to apply for other public safety jobs.
“I’m proud to be announcing this new initiative, the benefits of which are twofold. It will support and guide Hartford residents toward fulfilling careers and it will help the Hartford Police and Fire Departments build stronger relationships with the community,” said Mayor Segarra. “I would like to thank CREC and the City Council for their help and input in creating this initiative, as well as all of our partners who will help us make this a reality in Hartford.”