HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – The City of Hartford has won three public safety grants from the federal government totaling $4.75 million.

The largest is a $3.5 million “COPS” grant which will fund 15 new police officer positions for three years in the city. With the city’s financial troubles and a police force that’s shrunk from 500 to 380 officers in recent years, Mayor Luke Bronin says the grant comes at a “critical moment.”

The city has also been awarded $1 million for enhancing data-driven community policing efforts in the North Hartford Promise Zone and nearly $246,000 to upgrade its Real Time Crime Center.


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