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 Nicholas Sherwood and Sergeant Vasco Lacerda 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 meetings and want to hear your feedback.
Since Chief Cossette re-instituted the program in 2005, the Neighborhood Initiative Unit has grown to 8 N.I. Officers and 5 School Resource Officers covering 9 Core Neighborhoods and all elementary schools, middle schools 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 Nicholas Sherwood has been assigned as the Commander of the Neighborhood Initiative Unit.
Sergeant Vasco Lacerda has been assigned as a Supervisor of the Neighborhood Initiative Unit.
Officer Christopher Griffin covers the ACTION 13/Cook Ave Neighborhoods.
Officer David D'Onofrio covers the Grove Street/Lewis Avenue Neighborhoods.
Officer Raynick Vazquez covers the Lower Eastside Neighborhoods.
Officer James Decrisantis covers the City Park Neighborhoods.
Corporal Wilfredo Rivera is the South Meriden Neighborhood Officer.
Officer Michael Hadvab is the North Meriden Neighborhood Officer.