STAMFORD, Conn. — The Stamford Police Department is taking the offense against the violent crime the city has experienced this past week, Assistant Chief Jon Fontneau said.
In a meeting on Thursday the department’s administration decided to increase police presence on the streets by having officers on foot patrol in certain neighborhoods, and that there will be “constant patrol” within those neighborhoods, Fontneau said. He explained that under normal circumstances the patrol is usually “in and out” of a section of Stamford.
“We’re out there, we’re hitting it hard,” he said of the added presence the department will have on the streets.
Fontneau added that in addition to extra police presence that members of the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit, the Youth Bureau, the truancy officer, and the school resource officers have reached out to any contacts they have, hoping to find information.
The department will listen to and speak to any person who calls in or reaches out to them, but the assistant chief knows that people are afraid to talk to the cops. “We’re availing ourselves to everything,” Fontneau said adding that an anonymous tip came in Thursday about a fight on Custer Street and officer responded within a minute to find no one there.
There have been three shootings this week resulting in the deaths of two 21-year-old residents of the city’s East Side, and another where a West Side resident ended up in the hospital and police do not want it to spread.
“There has been a lot of bloodshed in recent weeks,” Captain Richard Conklin said adding that he hopes no innocent people become victims either by getting caught in cross-fire or through a case of misidentification.