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Governor Lamont’s Statement on Connecticut’s Annual Crime Statistics Report

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09/26/2022

Governor Lamont’s Statement on Connecticut’s Annual Crime Statistics Report

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont released the following statement in response to today’s release of Connecticut’s annual Crime Statistics Report, which compiles data on crimes reported to law enforcement. state order for calendar year 2021:

“This report shows that violent and property crime are down in Connecticut from the previous year, preserving our state’s status as one of the safest in the nation. We need to stay focused on continuing to reduce crime. As a father, husband and governor, one crime is too much. We have a real opportunity, together with law enforcement and community partners, to further increase public safety in Connecticut.

The annual report is created by the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Safety’s Crime Analysis Unit and is now in its 44e Year of publication. It is the most comprehensive source of crime data for the state.

Data from the report shows that between 2020 and 2021, Connecticut experienced:

  • 3% reduction in overall crime;
  • 9% reduction in violent crime; and one
  • 2% reduction in property crimes.

Additionally, the report finds that over the past ten years, overall crime in Connecticut has dropped by 30%, including a 43% reduction in violent crime and a 29% reduction in property crime.

Over the past four years, the Connecticut State Police Training Academy has graduated 333 new state troopers through six training troops. The 132n/a The training troop is currently underway and is expected to train an additional 33 new state troopers by the end of October. The state police plan to launch another training troop in November. This class of state troop trainees is currently being recruited and will graduate in 2023.

The state budget that Governor Lamont signed into law earlier this year for fiscal year 2023 includes significant investments in crime prevention and reduction, particularly with respect to gun violence, as well as services to victims of crime and support to settle legal cases that have accumulated during the pandemic. This includes:

  • $11 million for strategies led by law enforcement officials to trace firearms to their sources, reduce stolen cars, reduce violent crime and promote safer rural roads;
  • $8 million for community and public health strategies to prevent and reduce gun violence;
  • $4 million to invest in the latest forensic technologies to expedite the investigation and resolution of criminal cases;
  • $18 million to help victims and survivors recover from crime through safety planning, crisis counseling, mental health treatment and support for survivors of domestic violence; and
  • $32 million to speed up the processing of court cases.

**To download: Department of Emergency Services and Public Safety Annual Crime Statistics Report for 2021

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