Click here to access the Resolution concerning authorization to accept a Grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic Development and Community Development to improve the quality of life in Hartford.
In December of 2017, the Mayor pushed for the City of Hartford to accept a $2.5million grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. Funds were sought after by State Senator John Fonfarra and grant was drafted by his office. These funds were earmarked to go to the Hartford Police Department. Some City of Hartford Councilmembers felt strongly about approving the grant, because it included a provision for the funds to be used to acquire surveillance technology, including drones. Some Councilmembers believed the use of surveillance technology by the HPD would be a good resource for catching illegal ATV activity. After, the Hartford City Council approved the grant, the HPD purchased two $100,000 drones from Aero Surveillance. Currently, there are no state laws that regulate drone use.
This document is a breakdown of the use and purpose of drones and surveillance equipment and a proposed ordinance amending the Hartford Municipal Code to set boundaries for the use of the technology.
Our proposed Ordinance, submitted on November 13, 2018, by Councilwomen rJo Winch, Claudine Fox and Councilmen T.J. Clarke and Larry Deutsch, forces municipal departments in the City of Hartford, like the Hartford Police Department to seek approval from the City Council to purchase or use new surveillance technology, and it guarantees that you, the Hartford community, will have a voice in that process. When our city fails to keep police surveillance technology in check and keep the public informed, Hartford residents will suffer the consequences, and your faith in our democracy will be undermined. Therefore, we are asking for your support to pass our Ordinance and restore the community’s control over police surveillance.Read more
Below are some documents with more information regarding the Surveillance and Drone Use Ordinance.
- Click here to see the complete document and a summary of the Ordinance that was submitted last Monday. An Ordinance Amending Chapter 2 of the Hartford Municipal Code, Adding sections 2-48 and 2-49.
- Click here for more information and talking points
How should drone and new surveillance technology be used?
Should drones be used at public events like festivals, vigils, protests or any public gathering? How about at schools or where there are children and minors playing? Should drones be used in all public settings throughout Hartford? What about if it flies above your apartment window, what happens next?Read more