HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Hartford’s new mayor is speeding up the beginning of classes for some new police recruits, to try to fill positions in the Hartford Police Department quickly. Mayor Luke Bronin spoke before a new class of 14 police recruits today, after starting their classes two months ahead of schedule. Bronin is also planning to add another class of recruits later this year.
“For years, the City of Hartford failed to hire enough police officers to keep up with attrition, and we face a severe staffing crisis as a result,” Mayor Bronin said. “The work of rebuilding our police force will take time, but it begins today, with the accelerated hiring of this class of recruits. We have a fundamental responsibility to ensure that our police force is adequately staffed to respond quickly and to be a visible, positive presence in our community.”
The recruits will spend nine months in education and field training before becoming police officers.