Despite the lack of hiring by the Segarra/ Wooden regime for years, the new Sheriff in town, Mayor Luke Bronin, apparently has authorized the training of 24 to 28 new officers starting February 8, 2016.(UPDATE 5:00PM , the real number is 15 Hartford Officers, see more detail below) That information was contained in a department e-mail received from sources this afternoon. The e-mail was distributed by Lt. Christine Mertes of the Hartford Police Academy.
Unfortunately, my high hopes for increased numbers of Hartford Police Officers on our streets was a little premature. What Lt. Mertes failed to mention were the real numbers. According to one HPD source familiar with the hiring, only 15 of those recruits will actually be Hartford Officers. The additional numbers will be from other agencies taking advantage of using Hartford's Academy for training purposes.
Despite my disappointment, 15 are much better than done, which is what w saw for most of the Segarra years
HPD's numbers have been decimated for the last few years as a result of attrition, including retirements. y most estimates, the department is at least 100 officers under where they need to be to properly staff HPD.
Conditions Unit Officers and Faith Based Community Service Officers have all been told they are being returned to the ranks of the Patrol Division as of February 7, 2016. This is required to staff vital patrol positions and account for the attrition and lack of hiring by the City