Thursday, June 01, 2006

She Said, He Said - Rell, Perez In War of Words

It's no secret that violence in the capitol city is a problem. There have been a total of 16 people shot in the past 5 days as is pointed out in the Hartford Courant this morning. Apparently all this violence has inspired Eddie Perez, Hartford's Mayor, and Governor Rell to lay down some shots of their own - with words of course - at each other!

From the Hartford Courant :

Rell claimed Perez had turned away the state's helping hand. Perez said no such thing was even close to true. As the day continued, much ink was spilled by the two political rivals as each lobbed explosive letters at one another.

In the midst of it all, the state's top cop said troopers would be on the way to Hartford within two weeks...


At this point let me take a moment to disclose I am against the State Troopers going into Hartford. This has become an annual event for crying out loud. The first time I was OK with it, as I thought it would have an impact and would help them out to getting to where they need to be. It hasn't worked. It's time to ask more questions and figure out why.
I realize that other cities and towns receive the state grants but most do not receive CT State Police assistance with what I consider to be general police work. If the state police are now going into Hartford, on MY DIME I might add, I want them to take work in my community too as it will save my town money on overtime costs and will help reduce crime. At some point someone has to be held accountable and to me, it has to be Perez and Hartford's Police Chief. But that's neither here nor there as this post is about the feud...

Once again, from the Hartford Courant:


The back-and-forth responses put on display a strained relationship between Rell, the Republican governor, and Perez, a Democrat who is strongly supporting Democrat Dannel P. Malloy's efforts to unseat Rell in November.

The exchange started on Wednesday when Perez received a letter from Rell in which she said she had offered, on two occasions this year, to send the state police to help patrol the city's streets. Perez declined both offers, she said.

The media had received a copy of the same letter the day before.

Perez fired back and said the governor's claim was untrue. Perez said he had never declined help from the state. In fact, Perez added, he had been asking for the state's assistance to battle crime in Hartford for nearly two years with no substantive response from Rell.
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Perez said that the solution of sending the state police into the city is no more than a "Band-Aid" on a festering wound. Instead, the city needs investigative help getting illegal guns off the streets, tougher gun-trafficking legislation, closer supervision of criminals who are free on probation and parole and more state money to hire local police officers, he said.

Perez also charged that he did not receive Rell's letter until Wednesday - long after reporters had received a copy of the letter Tuesday evening.

"Election year photo opportunities do not constitute a crime fighting strategy," Perez wrote.

In response to Perez's accusations that Rell had made a false statement, Rell's spokesman, Judd Everhart, said Boyle had on several occasions reached out to Hartford Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett.

In a reply letter that was released shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, Rell rejected the notion that the state had not helped the Hartford police during the past year.

"Over the past several months the Connecticut State Police have held numerous formal and informal discussions and meetings with the Hartford Police Department to offer additional assistance," Rell wrote. "To that end, the State Police have committed to certain enforcement actions which should not be detailed in writing, but of which you are undoubtedly aware."

The state police, she said, had been asked to back off.

"Furthermore, we had hoped to initiate such actions several months ago, but we were asked to put such actions on hold," Rell wrote.
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"Let me remind you that just ten months ago the Connecticut State Police assigned both a contingent of undercover narcotics officers and its traffic squad to work with the Hartford Police Department in combating violent crime and quality of life issues in the north end of Hartford," Rell wrote to Perez.

"To do so, of course, came at the cost of reduced narcotics and traffic enforcement in other parts of the state," she said. "Nevertheless, your request was immediately granted. I might add that the funding for the state police traffic squad also included a $75,000 grant at no cost to the City of Hartford."

As for why Perez received Rell's initial letter a day after Tuesday's press release, Everhart said that the letter was mailed to the mayor.

Perez's response on Wednesday was faxed to the governor. Her reply was sent by e-mail.

By the end of the day, the dispute had not slowed down.

Perez said in a press release he would visit Rell at the Capitol today to make sure that the city and state are doing everything possible to "ensure the safety of the people of Hartford."

But Everhart responded, saying, "The Mayor has not contacted the Governor's office and there is no meeting scheduled. Governor Rell encourages him to call her office and she would be happy to set up a meeting with the Mayor."


What ever happened to not biting the hand that feeds you? This is the second time in the past few months that Perez has gone after the state in one form or another. First it was the legislature when he was crying for help with property taxes, now the Governor offers help and he goes "postal" again.

Perez talks about making "points" to Rell when denying her claims of previous offers..."points" are irrelevant to her point...the offer was there and he didn't accept it. He does not even deny it, just says his points remain. The claims by Perez that this is election year showboating is ridiculous. The help has gone to Hartford EVERY year...if anyone is playing politics it is Perez. God forbid anyone point out an area where he has failed as a leader...this is clearly one of those areas.

When Perez says the state police help is no more than a "bandage" I agree with him but he has to help himself too. He should start by asking why his own police force cannot handle the problems and what he needs to do to fix that. When looking at fixing this problem, he needs to consider that this problem extends far beyond police presence/protection. The state police cannot help him with that. No Governor should either. Once we need Troopers to bring comfort to a political leader it’s far too late to make a difference.

Source:

DANIEL E. GOREN and CHRISTOPHER KEATING, "Rell, Perez Trade Shots", Hartford Courant, June 1, 2006

63 comments:

TSCowperthwait said...

Maybe we should send in the National Guard...just kidding. In all seriousness, this is troubling on two fronts: (1) Hartford is once again showing that it cannot handle its own affairs without assistance; and (2) as a result of (1), Connecticut tax dollars are being wasted on a band-aid situation.

I applaud Public Safety Commissioner Len Boyle for staying out of the verbal exchange between the Governor and Mayor Perez. He has a job to do, which now apparently includes making sure Hartford is properly policed, and he will get the job done.

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

Maybe Eddie Perez should stop whining and bullying and show some real leadership on this issue. This is absolutely shameful.

CTObserver said...

Couldn't agree with you more, mmmm jodi. Perez managed to piss off the leaders of the House and Senate with his attempts at bullying, now he's managed to piss off the executive also. Meanwhile, the people of Hartford continue to get screwed.

Time for someone to challenge him.

TrueBlueCT said...

BREAKING!

CTLocal blogger "Harry Reid" being investigated by the FBI!

Man, oh man. And I told "Harry" that what he was doing here wasn't right. Should have listened to me.

And to everyone else, think twice before you start publicly slandering an attorney. Rubenstein is all over this, and I don't think he'll let go.

Could one of Joe Lieberman's staffers really have been so stupid?

Here's my guess for who "Harry" is. Either A) Ken Dagliere, or B) Matt Lieberman.

p.s. found this news tidbit at, --you guessed it! My Left Nutmeg.

BRubenstein said...

GC.....as blog owner you could ascertain "Senator Reid and O'Bama's" IP adress and their real names.

There is no question that these false postings were deceitful,wrong and attempted to convey an unfair benefit to Senator Lieberman in the midst of a primary.

I am asking that you ascertain the IP adress of them and their real names and forward said information to the FBI for investigation and potential prosecution.

disgruntled_republican said...

Way to go Bruce...that said...lets keep the posting on topic here...keep that stuff to email convoersations, not back and forth on here.

bluecoat said...

A couple of facts that I couldn't find in the post that I think are relevant:1) the state cops provide police protection for 82 of CT's towns on your dime GC and 2) this particular rash of incidents is a bunch of kids - not even organized gangs - joy riding and shooting without thinking and 3) that gets to Perez's request of the state several weeks back for the services that deter criminal thoughs and activity rather than reacting to the damage.

As for Boyle, I think he learned his lesson to do what's right and not always trust the boss from Marco Polo.

bluecoat said...

BR: I am sure the FBI can get the info you request of GC from the NSA if they haven't already done so.

bluecoat said...

Another point I can't find is that Perez brought in Chief Harnett who had just retired from the NYPD maybe a year ago. He has actually done a great job with reform and he's not done doing it if you look at the stats instead of the television.

disgruntled_republican said...

BLUECOAT...I wrote the post, not GC.

The 82 towns that get state police protection pay for it. It is included in their property taxes. I wondered the same thing so I asked a friend of mine who was a selectman in one of those towns.

As for who is committing the crimes...Does it really matter? The fact that it isn't gangs actually makes Perez and the HPD look worse in my opinion.

And to your last "fact", why is it the state's job to do what 168 other cities and towns seem to able to do on their own? As I said in my post, this problem goes WAY beyond the police aspect of it and nobody under that golden dome in Hartford is the mayor of Hartford...it's his job, time for him to take the responsibility.

disgruntled_republican said...

Who the chief is and what he has done is irrelevant in this situation. If it were relevant I would have mentioned it. I typically don't watch the news bluecoat, I find it quite depressing.

GMR said...

Did anyone really believe that Sens. Joe Lieberman or Harry Reid were spending time on this blog? I mean, really? If someone uses the name "George Bush" or "Dubya" does that mean people think the President is surfing this blog? I am just a bit stunned that people on this blog were unaware that some people used pseudonyms. Disgruntled Republican: is your first name really "Disgruntled"?

disgruntled_republican said...

Yup.

BRubenstein said...

Disgruntled..in theory you are right..each town by way of property taxes should have enough trained police to deal with any situation so that your and my tax dollar isnt used to help some town police in a town in which we don't live. Having said that, i am sure that you and i wouldn't want a " dodge city situation" to happen in Hartford where there has been over 20 shooting incidents this past week. Under the relavent statutes the local cops can make the request to the state police for emergency situations like this.

However, this has been about the 5th time the state police have come to Hartford's aid within the last 5 years and i wonder if Hartford has enough trained cops to do the job. If they dont have enough cops then the Mayor needs to get more..and soon.Knowing that you don't have enough trained cops in your city and doing nothing about it is putting your fellow citizens at risk.

bluecoat said...

DG:I had information that the towns don't pay for the state cops but I'll stand corrected on that - as well as wrongly adressing you as GC. However, the new chief does absolutely make a difference and the strategies he brought to the city are working if you look at the stats - even if you don't watch the TV. The services Perez sought from the state were services the state routinely provides as part of its charter....probation, rehabilitation, mental health, social sefvices, etc. There is also an issue of stopping the supply of guns instead of the feds 'safe streets' demand reduction problem - safe streets doesn't focus on kids who get a bug and shoot up the town one or two nights before realizing they are killing their own....

TSCowperthwait said...

The fact is that Hartford is not safe...whether it's kids out having fun or gangs. I think it is disappointing this city can't seem to move forward ON ITS OWN!

DR's post is right on, whether it's property taxes, police assistance, etc., Hartford is continually relying on the State to bail it out. Strong leadership (rather than finger-pointing) is what is needed. Mayor Perez should be ashamed. Instead of complaining, he should be saying thank you Connecticut for your help with the additional police force and I will right this ship (and then actually do it).

BRubenstein said...

GMR...the issue isn't one of whether the posting is believeable or not..the issue is that when you post as Senator Reid, you better dam well be him when you advocate for voters to cast a ballot at a convention or a primary or if you are a staff for someone..sign it in the posted message..if you dont then there are such things as criminal impersonation laws. Any attempt to do otherwise is a deceit and fraud upon the voters.

TrueBlueCT said...

Bruce, "Harry Reid" also posted as "Barbara Boxer". Reco list diary on this over at Kos, btw.

TSCowperthwait said...

BR, I just read your post after I sent my last one. Great post -- and I agree completely that the City of Hartford needs more police officers. Police presence (properly trained) can make a significant difference in crime -- see NYC, Philadelphia, etc. At one time, the mayors of those cities decided that in order to clean up the city they needed a stronger presence and found a way to get it done.

disgruntled_republican said...

I forgive you for the mis-statements blue...

I understand what you are saying but it takes more than a Govwernor to deliver most of those things. The chief really is unimportant in this but we obviously disgree - so be it.

Bruce -

Agreed, I don't want it to turn in to "dodge city" but at some point we have to stop and look at why this keeps on happening. He has aked for things as bc has pointed out but that isn;t getting to the root of the problem.

bluecoat said...

TSC: Hartford is moving ahead on its own. Harnett is first class and probably the best chief of a big city force in CT. These particualr incidents aren't part of a regular crime fighting strategy in anybody's book. This crap doesn't get fixed overnightbut the stats are in the right direction and the strategies are out in front. Remember, state govt. operations disperesed from Hartford to New Britain, wethersfield, Middletown, Newington, etc. and it has hurt the city. It isn't all about cops - the crime rate tracks the economic rates in most peoples books.

TSCowperthwait said...

Bluecoat,

I'm not sure that I completely agree with you on this (however, I must confess that I do not know much about the Chief's plan and the work he has been doing for the past year). I'm not looking at it from a is the mayor/chief doing enough perspective, but more literally that Hartford continually needs to rely on the state police for assistance. That to me signifies that they do not have enough police officers in general.

MightyMouse1 said...

Bluecoat, what do you know about the Hartford PD? Do you work there or something?

MightyMouse1 said...

The best big city chief is Neil O'Leary from just over the border in Waterbury.

TSCowperthwait said...

Bluecoat, you are also mistaken in that it is just a "bunch of kids - not even organized gangs." According to Chief Hartnett, "seven of the eight shooting episodes stemmed from petty disputes between three loosely associated gangs of young men 14 to 25 years old." (NY Times, 6/1/06, "A Jump In Shootings In A Hartford District") Whether it's loosely associated or not, it's still a gang problem.

bluecoat said...

TSCHartford was going well or at least getting better on its own; this incident happened where some young reckless kids with no criminal past got hold of guns and shot up the town without realizing they'd hit somebody; Rell grandstanded on this in my opinion - announced the contents of her letter before Perez even had it in his hands or office - then Perez got hot under the collar and responded; now he's calmed down and accepted the State Police, (which BTW he has accepted in the past and even asked for on an EMERGENCY BASIS) because he'd look like a fool if he didn't and he can always use more police.

You talk about NYC - that's where Harnett came from. Harnett and Perez are not playing politics with people's lives.

bluecoat said...

TSC: that's new information for me but I am done anyway as Harnett appears to be on the case.

MM: Waterbury has a much better economic profile of inhabitants than Hartford.

disgruntled_republican said...

bluecoat-

Can you site a source for your stats? I want to take a look for myself.

TSCowperthwait said...

Bluecoat, please correct if I am misinterpreting you, but why does it matter whether these kids had criminal pasts or not? The fact is, someone shot at somebody else and it started this chain of event that has now led to the need for state troopers. Bruce was right in that the statutes allow for the use of state troopers on an emergency basis, but I don't think that the legislature intended that to happen in the same city every year!! It needs to be fixed. We will see if the Chief is right man for the job, and I honestly hope/believe that he is (now that I've read up about him a little).

I agree that the Governor's office is politically maneuvering to make the Mayor look bad (which I don't like because as you said people's lives are at stake). However, the real story here is Hartford's continuing inability to keep the peace.

bluecoat said...

NO, if I had my source at my fingertips I would have posted it as I usually do but I have seen them from time to time over the last year. The Hartford PD has historically had problem and still has lots of problems but the trend has been toward positive improvement under Harnett. He's got a ways to go to get to Weston's and Redding's crime stats though.

TSCowperthwait said...

"From January through May, 59 people were shot, compared with 38 people in the comparable period last year, an increase of more than 55 percent, according to statistics released by the Hartford police. In 2004, 27 people were shot between January and May." (NY Times, 6/1/06, "A Jump In Shootings In A Hartford District"). That doesn't sound like improving statistics to me...

ctblogger said...

Since I was raised in the North-End section of Hartford, I can tell you that gang-activity is among the Latinos in the area (i.e. Latin Kings) which if I'm correct is in the South-End.

My parents own two six family units in the North-End and my grandfather owns a pest control business in the area. I also help run a inner-city tennis program where I went into each housing project, rounded up the kids, and taught them something besides running up and down the street getting into trouble (and I was respected by the drug dealers in the area who didn't want to see those kids get hurt) so I've been around the scene in the North-End all my life. I can tell you that the violence in that area is mostly drug-related or petty stuff bewteen individuals who have a beef with each other which was escalated because they were high, drunk, or both.

The problem in the North-End centers around drugs and this has been the case since I was a kid in the 80s when the downtown area became a ghostown and crack cocaine hit the scene on Albany and Blue Hills Ave.

Throwing in the state police is not the answer as this has been done several times over the last ten years and no one really wants to solve the problem because for most of the people who work in the Capital, it really doesn't effect their lives.

You get some politicians to live in teh North-End and you'll see some real progress. Beefing up the police is not the answer or else this situation would of been solved years ago.

I'm going to give this some serious thought (including calling up several people I know who live in the North-End) and expand on this on my blog.

bluecoat said...

TSC:I think Rell grandstanded as she has done on this subject before but at least to me that is different than trying to intentionally make Perez look bad.

You assume that the chain of events led to the "need for Troopers" when in reality it led to the need for a criminal investigation by HPD as they did quite well. Beyond that my only suggestion is to listen to Harnett and HPD; maybe even check out what they are doing on their web if they hve one. Shootings are a bad thing don't get me wrong; this crap just isn't as black and white as just adding a few more black and whites. Perez has done a good job in the past of articulating it and he's not up for election this year.

bluecoat said...

CTblogger: great perspective, thank you as I was getting frustrated as a suburbanite trying to explain how to improve cities. and TSC, that particular statistic doesn't look good but it is one of many used to paint a picture and measure a trend.

Goon Squad said...

The F.B.I. has hit CT Local Politics!

It's official, this blog just 'Jumped the Shark'



Truth Be Told.........

disgruntled_republican said...

blucoat-

Sure they did a good job of investigating but what about this little used word called prevention. That too is part of any PD's job. I commend ctblogger for his work but it has to be done by hartford's finest as well. It isn't. Not necessarily their fault...perhaps they NEED MORE COPS!

ctblogger said...

D_R:

I'll tell you from experience (and because I have several friends on teh HPD) that police is not the problem. It goes deeper than that.

Trust me on this one. As a African-American who grew up in the 80s, I have first hand experience on the decline of Hartford's North-End (which is the biggest section of the city).

Again, let me state that police is not the answer and no mayor in hartford (including Miller) addressed the problem. They always ignored the problems African-Americans faced in Hartford and instead of helping programs that helped the community (such as the tennis program I joined as a kid and help teach as a adult), they cut the funding of those programs and did nothing for the people who needed the most help.

Stowe Village is a great example. WHt did they do to "solve" the problem. Tear the whole place down, build townhouses, and said "problem solved." They didn't care that the same people who occupied the apartments are the same people who are living in those same townhouses and the drug scene hasn't changed must (just went more underground).

They cut my tennis program that helped countless kids for what...more cops? NEWSFLASH: you probably wouldn't need so many cops if more programs like mine were properly funded. I'm the guy who went into some of the roughest sections of Hartford because I loved the kids and I'm sure my actions resulted in many kids doing something positive with their lives instead of being on the streets.

It's simple: reach the kids before the streets eat them alive. Most dalers don't sell drugs because they like it, they do it because for them, there is no other way to survive and believe me, the last thign they want is for their kids to follow their footsteps (if it's possible).

Again, I'll expand on this later as it's close to my heart and I (as well as many African-Americans) are frustrated over the lack of real leadership in regards to finding a real solution to the problem.

turfgrrl said...

My first read on this is that the buck stops with the mayor's office. Rell may be grandstanding, and playing politics, but Perez didn't seem to handle the politics of this nor has he handled the operation either.

I'm Not Harry Reid said...

Just in case the FBI is watching, I'm really not Harry Reid.

disgruntled_republican said...
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disgruntled_republican said...

I agree with you ctblogger especially in regards to reaching the kids before they reach the streets. As a former councilman in a community with similar problems (although nowhere near as severe or widespread) I had a record of supporting similar programs and not just with words but actions as well.

THe problem here is with the kids who have reached the streets and are causing problems. That is where prevention is need. I apologize for not wording that more clearly in my previous post.

TSCowperthwait said...

Please keep up the great work, ctblogger. You are making a difference in the lives of many kids and more of us should do the same. I agree with Disgruntled Republican that prevention is what needs improvement. In no way am I implying that I think the HPD is doing a bad job, I just think that they are short on manpower. It's just my opinion.

bluecoat said...

Where perez needs help from the feds and the state beyond what I posted above and beyond what ctblogger is doing is to cut off the supply of guns and drugs. If I am not mistaken CT passed a little more on gun legislation this past session but it still goes to the out of state supply that needs to be dealt with. New York mayor Bloomberg has been taking this head on aprticulary the out of state gun issue - sorry, no link right now but he and Commissioner Kelly have done en some agressive and innovative stuff in recent months.

ctblogger said...

D_R: Thanks for the clarifation.

Most kids on the street are just kids and many of them grew up without a father figure. I can't tell you how many of those kids I reached by simply giving a damn about their well-being.

Simple funding of programs that reach out to those kids would help things greatly and I've seen it with my own eyes. Throwing them in jail just makes them harder. A little love goes a long way. Unfortunately, the city cut funding for programs like the one I was in so much that now, it barely exists and I moved to continue my studies in college.

I get so angry when I think about how the city ignored the people in the North-End and are SO surprised with the increase in violence years later.

The mayor(s) of Hartford and the Govenors never gave a damn about those people and all they talk about is more cops. It's pathetic and insulting to those Afircan-Americans who are good people and want to help out in the community but can't because they get the short end of the stick when it comes to funding.

Oh, I better stop typing before I get going again and save this for my blog...

Don Pesci said...

I submitted the following as a comment to the Journal Inquirer story cited earlier in the comments:

This was bound to happen. The postings by "Harry Reid" on the Connecticut Local Politics blog site were attempts at satire. Presently, one of the posters on the sight is "Mmm Jodi Rell." Does any regular commentator at the site, one of the most popular in Connecticut, suppose that the real Jodi Rell is contributing to the dialogue? I doubt it. The posts from "Harry Reid," as I recall, were laugh-out-loud funny -- if you happen to embrace a Republican point of view and are not either a litigious lawyer or a humorless Democrat. Good grief, doesn't Rubenstein have something better to do than report amateur Jonathan Swifts to the FBI?

bluecoat said...

The posts were from "Senator Harry Reid" and he at least once denied being an imposter to my recollection - and he did respond to one of my comments.

BTW, my name really isn't bluecoat

turfgrrl said...

One of the interesting things the NYPD does is to geo-mapincidents so that they can increase foot patrols in hot spots. I think to some degree the New Haven Police adopted a similar, but not as technology dependent strategy to increase foot patrols in active crime areas. Foot patrols, btw, were seen by the community they patrolled as part of the neighborhood.

Genghis Conn said...

At this time I don't have any information to share with you about this investigation. I can't compel Blogger to release IP addresses to me, but the FBI can.

BRubenstein said...

On may 7th and 8th " harry reid" said to deanfan84 and bluecoat that he is in fact the senator.

That is not satire..that is deceit and a deception intended on confering a benefit to Senator Lieberman by way of getting delegate support and votes for the convention and the primary.

BRubenstein said...

Don Pesci...you are another one who doesn't like lawyers..until you need one.Some of the greatest politicians from both sides of the aisle were and are lawyers...your envy and jealousy of lawyers is very telling to me.

And, since YOU got personal with me..i do have a sense of humor. Everytime i see YOUR postings..i laugh at the banality of the posting.

turfgrrl said...

Brubenstein,

Your inferiority complex is showing. Rule 7.2(c) of the Rules of Professional Conduct salutes you!

HealthcareNOW said...

I dunno how many people here watch West Wing, but there must be some huge fan of the show on Eddie's staff because this whole stunt that he tried is from that show. The President walks from one end of Pennsylvania Ave to the other knowing that the Majority Leader won't meet him, but he does it with reporters surrounding him and then leaves with a perceived "higher ground."

You see Eddie, that would work brilliantly if it didn't happen in a TV SHOW ALREADY. Now, people know've seen the show (which is many many political junkies) are sorta just laughing at this copycat stunt.

Nice, really nice.

FrankS said...

Political potshots by both Rell and Perez offer very little confidence in their abilities and working relationship, but Rell's decision to give the media her letter before contacting Perez or understanding he had received the letter smells like opportunism.

Rell's own quote, "Over the past several months the Connecticut State Police have held numerous formal and informal discussions and meetings with the Hartford Police Department to offer additional assistance," Rell wrote. "To that end, the State Police have committed to certain enforcement actions which should not be detailed in writing, but of which you are undoubtedly aware.", seems to show that these shootings occurred despite the undetailed State Police enforcement actions.

It continues to amaze me that the recent history has not produced the additional police staffing in Hartford and the State Police's inability to reinforce them with 2 weeks foreshadows a repeat of this history.

To his credit, Weicker moved a State Police barracks from Westport into Bridgeport in part to involve them in moving through that community everyday.

BRubenstein said...

Turfgrrl....7.2c doesnt apply here...nice try...no do us a favor and go listen to Newt Gingrich on CNN..isnt he your idol?

bluecoat said...

As ctbloogger has said - and in apparent collaboration with folks he knows at HPD - it isn't about more cops but in any event here and here are a couple of pertinent links I have thrown out there in the past if anyone wants to spend some time with them.

TrueBlueCT said...

TOO RICH!

Going through the IP addresses, I found.

State of CT
CT Legal Services

and now, get this!
U.S. Senate Sargeant at Arms at Senate.gov

Anyone know how to do a screen shot? the visit time was 5:42pm

TrueBlueCT said...

And the Senate Sargenat at Arms outclicked to the JournalInquirer article!

What are the chances someone made a formal complaint? Was it Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, or Barack Obama? wOOt!

turfgrrl said...

BRubenstein,

heh --- F. Lee Bailey must be yours.

Don Pesci said...
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Wolcottboy said...

In order to quickly quell the violence in Hartford, AT&T needs to move in NOW!
Effectively immediately, the phone company should hold phone book and telephone operation classes for both Rell and Perez's offices!

They're communicating through the MAIL, FAX, and newspapers on emergency corespondence for more officers to quell violence that only erupted in the past 2 weeks? No wonder Connecticut is so inept in emergency services!

Rell's deflection to what hte state's provided in Hartford over the past few months has little to do with the past 2 weeks. Overall crime, yes, but not this recent spurt.

I agree with the frustration of sending in the State every year. There's gotta be something wrong with the structure or methods in Hartford on that count. But that hedges towards long-term solutions rather than short term ones Hartford needs while Rell's office sits on her hill right next to the I-84 onramp guarded by Capitol Police.

Don Pesci said...
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bluecoat said...

I saw some numbers last night and what I gleaned was that rapes, burglaries and fatalities from crime were down somewhat from the same 12 month period a year ago but this recent rash of shootings skewed things up a little in hartford. Interestingly enough, I have never seen any crime stats for the 'territories' CT DPS/state police is responsinble for on their own.

CT64 said...

The reason you'll never see any statistics from the areas covered by DPS/State Police is because the areas they cover are heavily unpopulated, for example the farm lands in the northwest and northeast part of the state. If there were more of a population then the crimes would be higher, the municipalities would have their own department with DPS as a back up just like Hartford, but that is not the case. The simple fact is Hartford has it's own municipal department which is not getting the job done in controlling their city. Statistics aside, it's time for Mayor Perez to do what is best for his city and right now that is accepting the help offered by Gov. Rell and the DPS Commissioner.