Hartford's Police Athletic League Reaches Further In 2020

The Hartford Police Athletic League encourages young people in the city to reach their potential through mentoring, education and athletics. This year the league is planning a major renovation to serve more youth. 

Jordan Spruille wants to work in law enforcement. And he says a big reason for that was his experience as a young man in the Hartford Police Athletic League.

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The Hartford Police Athletic League is a unique mentoring program that works to establish trust between law enforcement and youth early in life through activities. David Jorgensen shares how the program can keep kids off the streets and in school.

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Your Career Starts Here!

Interested in a career as a Hartford CT Police Officer? The Hartford Police Department will be holding a Police Officer Recruitment Information Session on Friday, 12/21 @ 6:30 PM in the Hartford PD CompStat Room! Our next open application will be on 2/11/19 and need to reach as many potential qualified applicants as possible. For more information, contact JOINHPD@HARTFORD.GOV

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‘Giving Tuesday’ hits the capital city

HARTFORD – Black Friday has come and gone, Cyber Monday set records but after all that there is now the annual push towards the altruistic.

Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday), the global initiative that began in 2012 to raise money for charities and non-profits was in full force across Hartford.

McKinley Albert, the executive director of Hartford’s Camp Courant said the free summer camp serving the capital city’s kids is looking forward to their 125th year.

“Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for people in the community that like to support good causes and give back and we look forward to people giving back to us this Giving Tuesday,” Albert said.

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Bonding Over Fish

Police Officers, Firefighters Haul In Trout With Kids In Keney Park



The first lines went arching over the Keney Park pond an hour before noon Sunday, tipped with fluorescent PowerBait, flung by kids in raincoats. Rain dimpled the surface of the pond.

About five minutes after the lines went out, Jose Mendez Molina, 8, began shrieking.

It was Mendez Molina’s first time fishing, but he had on the end of his line a 10-inch rainbow trout that had chosen, fatally, to chomp on the clump of yellow PowerBait a police officer had molded minutes before onto his hook.

Mendez Molina was one of 29 Hartford kids who spent Sunday angling with Hartford police officers and firefighters for a share of the pond’s 400 rainbow trout, deposited Wednesday by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, or DEEP. The Keney Park pond is one of 14 urban fishing spots stocked and maintained by DEEP.

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Wolf Pack Planning Whalers Alumni Game

CT Guns Hockey team, comprised of first responders from all over the state, are playing the Hartford Whalers and Hartford Wolfpack Alumni, Saturday February 24th at 4:00 pm. at the XL Center. The proceeds will benefit the Hartford Police Athletic League Hockey Program. 

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Thank You Aetna for Your Donation

Last night we were given a check for 3k from Aetna at the 3rd annual Hartford vs Aetna Benefit BB game. Then kids ate PLENTY of hot dogs and enjoyed Aetna sweeping the women and mens games. Kids in the front row had the most fun!!!

Hartford PAL donates to the House of Bread

Peter Getz of Harford PAL donates to Sr. Teresa Fonti, House of Bread. The $500.00 donation will go towards her "Kid's Café" program which feeds over 500 children a day in the city.

Late-Night Basketball A Point in Hartford Teens' Favor

Armani took a second to think about his answer, his hands on his hips, his eyes on the court in front of him.

“There are a lot of guns out here,” the 15-year-old finally said. “This keeps up us off the streets.”

He spoke just before 9 p.m., in the middle of a late-night open gym, a program a Hartford cop designed for kids like Armani.

It’s an effort spearheaded by Sgt. Steve Austin, a homegrown officer who recognizes the restorative power of rubber on hardwood.

Hartford PAL Capital City Fall Classic Championship at the XL Center

HARTFORD —  Local basketball teams took to the hardwood Monday night at the XL Center for the Capital City Fall Classic Championship.

In Monday’s Final Four, Prince Tech defeated Hartford Public, 65-61.

Prince Tech’s Delshawn Jackson Jr., finished the game with 36 points and was named regular season MVP and tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Prince Tech finished the season with a record of 10-0; Hartford Public Finished 7-3.

The tournament was presented by the Hartford Police Athletic League and Hartford Police Department.

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Hartford police and Aetna partner together to help inner city youth

HARTFORD -- Aetna, Hartford police and the University of Hartford partnering together to help those in need Saturday.

A 3,000 dollar check was presented to the Hartford Police Athletic League by Aetna during halftime of the university of Hartford men’s basketball game.

“Aetna has been in the headlines and everyone talks about what’s going on with them but what matters to the community and the city is that Aetna is still a committed partner to our city, our community and our youth and this really demonstrates it,” said Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley.

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