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The Suffolk County Police Department will have 175 new police officers by next summer.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says he will nearly triple the size of this year’s police class to offset a spike in retirement over the next three years.

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In Connecticut, Clive Higgins, a former Bridgeport police officer, has been arrested.

Higgins had reported finding a letter disparaging Black police officers  inside his police department mailbox.

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Trumbull Gardens is Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest housing project, with more than 400 households, and it's the location of two shootings in the past month, including one that killed one person and injured eight others.

Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut say they're putting more patrol officers on the street in a housing project where one person was killed and eight were injured in a shooting early Thursday morning. It's the eighth shooting death in Bridgeport this year. The city has averaged about 15 shooting deaths a year since 2008. Thursday morning's shooting took place at a project called Trumbull Gardens.

Hartford, Connecticut is one of ten cities being praised by the White House this week for their progress in community policing.

Police departments that use community policing are trying to connect their officers more closely to the neighborhoods they serve. The White House said on Monday that Hartford is doing that, through a program that gives local high school students paid internships and mentors in the city police department.

Maribel Laluz is the spokesperson for Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. She says that the program is promoting public trust.

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