NORWALK, Conn. – A federal grant will be used to increase Norwalk Police presence in known trouble spots, Chief Thomas Kulhawik said.
The $50,262 Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice is in addition to other grants and city funding, Kulhawik said in an email. "It is strictly for the summer months and is being used for both high visibility targeted enforcement as well as non-uniform (covert) enforcement," he said. "We have additional officers targeting hot spots or assigned based upon information received, etc."
The grant was announced recently by Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT 4) and Mayor Richard Moccia. "This grant will bolster the Norwalk Police in their ongoing work to escalate a visible law enforcement presence in areas of known gang hostility," Moccia said in a statement.
"We have been assigning officers since July 1 at specific days, times and locations," Kulhawik said. "A portion of the money must also be used for coordinated activities with the officers we have assigned to federal task forces – namely DEA, FBI, ATF and US Marshal Service."