Neighborhood Initiative Unit
The Neighborhood Initiative Unit is responsible for targeted areas where there have been higher levels of crime or minor offenses that have impacted the quality of life of the residents. Formerly the Community Police Division, this unit has new responsibilities and has forged a lasting partnership with the Neighborhood Associations and the Meriden Council of Neighborhoods.
Lieutenant Steve Lespier, Sergeant John Mennone and Sergeant George Del Mastro are the Neighborhood Initiative Supervisors. Chief Cossette assigned them to coordinate the efforts of the N.I. Officers, meet regularly with the Neighborhood Association members, plan enforcement in problem areas, and work closely with other agencies and groups to bring positive change to the neighborhoods the unit covers.
If you are would like to take an active part in your neighborhood association, click on the Meriden Council of Neighborhoods website and attend an Association Meeting. Neighborhood Initiative Officers and supervisors attend all meetings and want to hear your feedback.
Since Chief Cossette re-instituted the program in 2005, the Neighborhood Initiative Unit has grown to 10 N.I. Officers and 5 School Resource Officers covering 9 Core Neighborhoods and all middle and high schools. The members of the Neighborhood Initiative Unit work varied schedules to address crime problems and quality of life issues in their areas.
Neighborhood Officers and Contact Information
Lieutenant Steve Lespier has been assigned as a Supervisor of the Neighborhood Initiative Unit.
Sergeant John Mennone has been assigned as a Supervisor of the Neighborhood Initiative Unit.
Sergeant George Del Mastro has been assigned as a Supervisor of the Neighborhood Initiative Unit.
Officer Justin Hancort covers the ACTION 13/Cook Ave Neighborhoods.
Officer David D'Onofrio covers the Grove Street Neighborhoods.
Officer Christian Rodriguez covers the Lower Eastside Neighborhoods.
Officer Brian Wilkinson covers the City Park Neighborhoods.
Officer Vasco Lacerda covers the Downtown Neighborhoods.
Officer Eric Shean covers the Dutch Hill/ECHO Neighborhoods.
Officer Michael Ford is the Code Enforcement Neighborhood Initiative Officer.
Officer Allen Ganter is the D.A.R.E. and Crime Prevention Officer.