Hartford officially has a new top cop and it marks a milestone for the force.
On Thursday David Rosado was sworn in as the city’s first Latino police chief.
Rosado was born in Hartford, graduated from UConn, and rose through the ranks of law enforcement, most recently serving as a lieutenant colonel with State Police. The ceremony was held at his alma mater, Bulkeley High School.
“If you can succeed here, you can succeed anywhere. So to those young kids growing up in our city today, I say to you, ‘Si tu puedes,’” Rosado said in his speech.
That translates to “Yes you can.”
Rosado promises to work with the community and to bolster the department’s ranks to help with staffing issues. The city’s 23rd police chief faces tough challenges including recent serious problems involving stolen cars.