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Friday, April 1, 2016

ANOTHER "DUSTED" FELON FIRING A GUN , HPD AND SHOTSPOTTER SAY "NOT TODAY"


On March 31, 2016, at approximately 4:55pm, a ShotSpotter activation alerted HPD Officers to multiple shots fired in the area of 90 Heath Street. As HPD officers responded to the area, dispatch relayed information that a male had been discharging his firearm in the area. Officers entered the rear yards near 90 Heath Street, encountering a male who appeared to be under the influence and disorientated. Officers observed a black semi-automatic handgun on the ground. As both the suspect and handgun were secured, a witness informed the officers that her brother had fired the handgun and was on "PCP." Investigation revealed that the suspect was a convicted felon. The suspect was arrested and charged accordingly.

Heath St. was previously not covered under the ShotSpotter system. However, the ShotSpotter expansion in the city of Hartford went live on Wednesday. Almost immediately this expansion has had an impact,  taking an illegal firearm out of the hands of a convicted felon alleged to be on PCP,  and off our city streets.

Recovered Evidence:
One (1) Glock Model 30 - .45 caliber handgun, Nine(9) .45 caliber shell casings,
One (1) knotted plastic bag containing crack cocaine

Arrested: Neville Clarke 33, or Hartford CT (Convicted Felon, Currently on Parole, 6 Previous Hartford Arrests)
Charges: Unlawful Discharged of a Firearm, Criminal Possession of Firearm, Carrying a Pistol w/o Permit,
Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree, Possession of Narcotics

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

His mama was probably a baby when she had him. Another pro life success story.

Anonymous said...

Kevin, former Mayor Pedro denied continually that he did not know where Amity, Heath, James Streets and Rowe Avenue were located. Pedro had no clue. He did not care about Parkville. Yet, I did. I grew up in Parkville.
"Great Job" Hartford Police Department you are the BEST!!!

Anonymous said...

HPD and Shotspotters say Not Today or Any Day. Excellent Job HPD and Shotspotters!!!

Anonymous said...

KEVIN, WHY NO POSITIVE PROPAGANDA FOR HFD ???? THE ONLY WORDS OUTTA YOU LATELY WERE THAT YOU WERE IN FAVOR AND SUPPORTIVE OF BRONIN MAKING DIFFICULT CUTS REGARDING FIRE. SHAME ON YOU!!!!! WHY ARE YOUR WORDS ABSENT IN REGARDS TO WHAT FIRE DOES ON A DAILY BASIS ??? AS AMR AND AETNA RESPONSE TIMES GET WORSE AND WORSE, HFD ANSWERS THE CALL AND PROVIDES LIFESAVING CARE ON A DAILY BASIS. RESIDENTS,WORKERS AND VISITORS HAVE BENEFITED FROM HFD'S EFFORTS IN RELATION TO EMERGENCY RESPONSES I.E. CARDIAC ARREST,GUN SHOTS,STABBINGS,CAR ACCIDENT ENTRAPMENTS,STROKES,DRUG OVERDOSES,ETC. WE DONT WANT OR NEED PLAQUES AND RECOGNITION,,,,JUST A LITTLE RESPECT WILL DO!!!

KEVIN BROOKMAN said...

3:49PM

The positive information about HPD is because they are doing a great job of putting the information out. Do you think I find all this out by accident?

For several years now HFD has been in a "bunker mentality" and tried to keep a lid on anything happening internally, both good and bad. Several people at HFD were capable of doing the job, but they were quickly silenced and moved out of their positions when they started communicating with media people.

I have had this conversation with Chief Freeman already and stressed that the PIO position actually needs to be a marketing style campaign to rebuild the image of HFD and also let the community know what they are getting for the $30 plus million budgeted every year. If you don't like hearing about potential cuts, then justify the operations to the people who don't understand that HFD does a lot more than respond to fires.There should be a lot more community outreach like Lt. Oquendo and Captain Lynch do every month at the Maple Avenue NRZ, they give out the numbers of actual calls for service, fire calls, EMS, calls for service everything. And I think most people listening are surprised by the volume of activity. Prior to Chief Freeman, they were pulled back from attending such meetings.I am not sure if this is done City wide, but it should be.

I also don't think that the PIO needs to be a firefighter. Captain LeConche (as well as previous PIO's) have been very capable, but dealing with the media is only a small part of his required duties. It needs to be a dedicated position with 24 hour a day access to the media. There are positive things that HFD does everyday but it is kind of like keeping the light under a bushel basket , no one knows about it unless you work for HFD.

Aside from my interview I did with Chief Freeman on here and on Hartford Public Access TV, when was the last time you have seen anything about HFD other than bad news? Don't you think people would be interested in training aspects, EMS operations,how does an engine operate, how does a ladder company operate, what is the smoke house all about? or so many aspects of the HFD operations that could quite easily be shown to the public. Even recruiting efforts could and should be publicized.

Maybe HFD could take a lesson from Deputy Chief Foley and HPD on how they get positive information out. It involves sending the info out to an appropriate media list and someone will bite.

Lt Vance , the former PIO for the Connecticut State Police, apparently used to give training lectures to public agencies, and he was known for a quote. "The big dog (The Media) is always going to eat, it is your agencies decision whether you feed the big dog and keep him happy or make him tear through your garbage to eat" It is much easier to feed the media, and usually much more pleasant in the end. HFD needs to provide more food for the big dog.

And as far as AMR and Aetna breaching the EMS contract that just comes down to a matter of documentation, everything is recorded and logged in the dispatch center and fire service reports can document displayed responses endangering Hartford lives and violations and getting Corp Counsel to start enforcing the contract.

Anonymous said...

Kevin, Let me get this straight ,I ask why you don't promote HFD and the work they do,then you tell me HFD is to blame for YOUR lack of support? What am I missing ? Do you want us to say please? You just stated above that at NRZ meetings YOU attend ,YOU have been provided by HFD's Special Services Dept with valuable numbers that would shed positive light on HFD,,,WHY DONT YOU RELAY THIS INFO TO THE PUBLIC????? DONT YOU HAVE A TAPE RECORDER OR NOTEPAD? Then you state "people would be interested in training aspects,EMS operations,how an engine and ladder work,whats the smoke house all about" ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Your friend Dan Nolan would be more than capable to assist YOU drafting information to post on your site! Also AMR and Aetna have no commitment to response times with the city,WTNH channel 8 did a investigative report on this last year. YOU should be on top of that fact,their delayed response times are a danger to us all! Kevin, GET TO WORK AND STOP TAKING SIDES,,,YOUR SCAREING ME

Anonymous said...

VILLE dindu nuffin!

Anonymous said...

Anon at 6:49:
Try not to be ridiculous and try not to sound like someone on a bender. It's not Brookman's job to promote HFD. It's not Brookman's job to do a bunch of research to work up feel-good stories about any organization. It's not "taking sides" because he reports the news instead of making it up. So take your own advice and go to work. Put up or shut up. Sounds like AMR and Aetna have already been covered, got any data since then?

KEVIN BROOKMAN said...

THANK YOU

KEVIN BROOKMAN said...

You seem to know it all, so why do you need my help?

And I don't think Deputy Chief Foley has ever had to say "please", he just does his job and the information gets out. And furthermore, I think you would be hard pressed to find any Hartford residents more supportive of the efforts of HFD than I have been And because I take the time to attend community meetings does not put me under any obligation to spread that information, that is the job of HFD. Sign my paycheck an I will gladly spearhead your public relations campaign.And you are probably right, if I asked Dan Nolan or any of the other people within HFD that I communicate with, for help, I am sure they wold be more than cooperative to project a much more positive image of the Department they have committed their adult lives and careers to, but as you are pretty well aware, that has been the kiss of death recently, just ask Lt Ortiz how doing his job worked out for him under Chief Huertas. There is still a chain of command to follow and I don't think the job description for the Deputy Chief of Training includes any requirement for media or public relations.

Anonymous said...

I am tired of hearing from a select few HPD and HFD. Move on if you are unhappy. Go work for an insurance company, bank, grocery store or whatever will give the followers of this Blog fair comments and not have to listen to whiners. I suggest that you get involved in Hartford community meetings. Maybe then you will realize HPD and HFD is about public safety and a honor to serve Hartford. Kevin, thank you and keep doing what you do. Residents and taxpayers care and want to know facts.

Anonymous said...

Hey 5:37 You like facts ? HFD responded to 28,000 calls in 2015,,Kevin ,either knows this or could easily find that out and pass it along,,,,,,,,,JUST SAYING

Christopher Lyons retired HPD said...

Why has this story degenerated to name calling and negative stuff. The story was about a crook, a felon on PCP (dusted) being caught with a gun by Shot Spotter. Why anyone would not want that technology anywhere in the city is a question that can't be answered because it defies logic. Sadly gunfire in Hartford is so commonplace that a segment of the population believe it is part of everyday life, others are apathetic and still others are afraid to be identified as anyone calling police.

The creep with the gun is where he belongs and that is in jail. I hope he gets a nice long rest away from the rest of us.

Lets not be anonymous when commenting. It lessens the impact of the info put forth.

Anonymous said...

@3:49

Do you really need to type in CAPS to get your message across? You sound like a child. And in response to your comment, maybe when your Super Sacrificing Fire Department gets their act together and stops fighting each other and shooting each other and when as now, better leadership controls the department to insure that equipment doesn't breakdown causing death to its members. Maybe than you can receive some brownie points for good behavior.