To the Editor:

Last week, yet again, town residents were exposed to a horrific act of violence. Shootings have become a regular occurrence and change is needed to curb this string of violence. My sentiments go out to the neighbors of the Bamford Avenue area that had to witness law enforcement in and out of their once quiet neighborhood as they searched for bullet casings. I am pleased, however that no one was injured.

Two weeks ago, we held a roundtable on ways to curb violence. The opinions of this town were made extremely clear: we need action. Let’s repeal the awful police accountability bill which, as Democrats have even conceded, has caused an increase in crime. We also need more accountability for those committing these crimes.

Bottom line, there is no law without order. We need order and we need it quick. I still remain hopeful that Democrats will call us into session and tackle this issue. As the majority party, they alone hold the power to call the legislature in.

Unfortunately, some on the far left still believe police are the problem. Laughable at best. I am ready and willing to get back to Hartford and make badly needed changes. Re-fund the police and stop the madness taking place in our communities.

State Rep. Joe Polletta, R-68

Watertown

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