Captain Patrick Gaynor is the Commander of Police Operations. This Division has responsibilities
for Patrol, Neighborhood Initiative and School Resource Officers, Animal Control, Traffic Unit, Traffic
Investigation, SWAT and Hostage Negotiations. This Division encompasses the aspects of law
enforcement that are most visible to the public. Police Operations is responsible for providing rapid
response to emergencies, comprehensive initial investigation on all criminal matters, community
service and assistance to the general public, and traffic safety. This is the largest Division in the
Meriden Police Department with over 100 sworn and non-sworn employees.
Captain Gaynor began his service with the Meriden Police Department in 1996. He spent eight years in the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield. A former SWAT Team member and POSTC certified instructor in D.U.I. and Traffic Control, Captain Gaynor holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Management. In 2012 he became Commander of the Detective Division and was promoted to the rank of Captain. In June 2012, he was appointed a member of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board by the President of the United States. He has been Commander of Police Operations since July 2013.
Captain Gaynor can be reached by email or by telephone at (203) 630-6298.