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State to help local police forces with summertime violence

July 23, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner James Rovella are providing resources and funding to combat summertime violence spikes in cities across the state.

Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport have seen an increase in violence the last few weeks and Rovella said there are shared commonalities between them like levels of narcotics and police staffing shortages.

He added the shortage is as high as 75 or 100 officers in some areas.

The cities are getting help in the form of investigative detectives or uniformed troopers and all are getting funds to help with overtime, as well as expedited requests for state assistance like with DNA or ballistic casings information.

Rovella said it’s not about mass arrests but to slow down the violence.

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