About the Meriden
The Meriden Police Department is a full-service law enforcement
organization with an authorized strength of 120 sworn police officers. The department is organized into
three divisions: Police Operations, Criminal Investigations, and Administrative Services.
According to the Meriden Police Department, the Police
Operations 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.
The Criminal Investigation Division
has responsibility for the investigation of all serious felony crimes within the City of Meriden. There
are four units within the Criminal Investigations Division: Major Crimes Unit, Special Crimes Unit, Crime
Suppression Unit and Evidence/ID Unit.
All major felony offenses including
homicide, robbery, burglary, and grand larceny are investigated by members of the Major Crime Unit. Detectives
assigned to Major Crimes have all served the Department for at least four years as Patrol Officers. They
receive extensive training in the investigation of complex cases, interview and interrogation, crime scene processing, and
many other aspects of their duties. Patrol Officers complete initial investigations for all major offenses
and refer them to Major Crimes Detectives for further action. Major Crimes Unit Detectives are on call
to respond to serious offenses at all times.”