Manchester Police to Beef up Street Patrols

Office of Mayor Frank C. Guinta

For Immediate Release, August 7th, 2006

Contact: Craig Smith  (603) 624-6500; (603) 759-5870

Mayor secures Federal funding for additional patrols

Manchester- Mayor Frank C. Guinta and Police Chief John Jaskolka announced that starting this week, the Manchester Police Department would be placing twelve additional officers on the street during identified periods of higher activity to supplement the current patrols. These additional high intensity/high visibility street teams will not have a set area of coverage, but rather will be operating at-large throughout the city and concentrating on identified "hotspots" of recent criminal activity.

Funding for the additional teams will come from a Federal grant secured by Mayor Guinta through US Attorney Tom Colantuono. The actual dollar amount that this program will cost is still being calculated, but will be reimbursed in its entirety.

"I am pleased to be able to provide the Manchester Police with these additional resources to combat and prevent crime in our city’s neighborhoods," Guinta said. "We are all very grateful to US Attorney Tom Colantuono and his office for securing the funding to make this happen. Their willingness to help and the promptness of their reaction to my request are to be commended."

This announcement is the third released part of a larger comprehensive city plan for combating crime that has been developing over the past week. Previously announced components include Alderman Lopez’s call for the expansion of the reserve police force to 20 officers and Mayor Guinta’s call for more community involvement in joining neighborhood watches and manning police substations.

The full board of Mayor and Aldermen will be holding a special meeting tomorrow night at 7pm to discuss and develop the full plan. At the meeting Mayor Guinta will be submitting his additional crime prevention ideas for the Board to consider.