The Meriden Police Department is under the leadership of Chief Jeffry Cossette. The primary function of the police department is to provide law enforcement services to the community, enforce traffic and noise regulations, investigate crimes, assist victims of crime, and maintain law and order throughout the city. We are staffed around the clock and officers are deployed in marked and unmarked cruisers, bicycles, motorcycles, ATVs and on foot.
The department has 120 full-time sworn Police Officers, 10 Reserve Officers, and numerous support staff. There are three divisions within the department: Police Operations Division, Detective Division, and Administrative Services Division. Each Division Commander is tasked with a variety of responsibilities to carry out the mission of the department.
Chief Cossette's command staff consists of Deputy Chief Timothy Topulos, Captain Patrick Gaynor and Captain Michael Zakrzewski. For detailed biographies of the Command Staff, click on the link in the left panel.
The mission of the Meriden Police Department is for every member to be thoroughly committed to improving the quality of life for all citizens. To embark on a pro-active working partnership with neighbors, businesses and elected officials in obtaining a common goal of safer, cleaner neighborhoods in which families are not afraid to walk the streets. To decentralize and bring the officers back to the citizens they represent. To become the benchmark by which other communities and Police Departments measure their success.
The Meriden Police Department's motto "Working in partnership with the community" is demonstrated by our partnership with the Meriden Council of Neighborhoods. We encourage all residents to take an active part in your community by joining your Neighborhood Associations. Visit the Council of Neighborhoods website for more information.
To report drug activity in your neighborhood, email the Crime Suppression Unit or call 203.630.6273
To report Quality of Life issues in your neighborhood, email the NI Supervisor or call 203.630.6341
To report Traffic and Parking complaints, email the Traffic Unit Officer