Rep Francis Rexford Cooley (back row, second from left) joins House Republicans in supporting legislation intended to make Connecticut safer.

PLAINVILLE - Rep. Francis Rexford Cooley has joined House and Senate Republicans in outlining proposals aimed to make Connecticut safer.

The proposals were put forth Wednesday, in advance of a series of Judiciary Committee public hearings next week. Republican legislators argued that the current approach to public safety "does little to deter crime."