Office of the Chief of Police
Professional Standards and Records
The Division of Professional Standards and Records is tasked with the pursuit and management of the accreditation process in accordance with the standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), Training and Court Liaison. The Police Department recognizes its responsibility for promoting and maintaining the highest standard of professionalism in policing, and this is accomplished through an internal affairs component, continual training, regular inspections, enhanced quality control and risk management. A another major responsibility of this division is the collection, evaluation, maintenance of all data including criminal records, civil records, reports, statistics, permits, accident reports, and ensure compliance with applicable records retention guidelines.
Uniformed Services Division
The Uniformed Services Division (USD) is the largest and most visible division in the Department. It is also the backbone of the Department – providing continual police services to the community. These officers respond to a variety of the calls for service and provide high visibility preventative patrol. Officers of the USD also conduct criminal investigations and engage in proactive traffic enforcement in hopes of increasing safety for the motoring public. The USD also contains the K9 Unit, Traffic Unit, and Animal Control. The efforts of the men and women of the Uniformed Service Division are the primary drivers that foster trust and collaboration with the community.
Investigative Services Division
The Investigative Services Division contains all the detectives, school resource officer, and task force officer. The Investigative Services Division (ISD) is tasked with investigating all serious crimes, narcotic investigations, and handling any long-term cases outside the scope of USD. The Detectives of ISD have received specialty training in many areas such as: crime scene processing, interview skills, computer forensics and undercover operations. All youth services and special victim cases are coordinated and/or investigated by ISD.
Regional Participation: South Central Regional SWAT and South Central Connecticut Traffic Unit
The South Central Regional SWAT and South Central Connecticut Traffic Unit are comprised of selected police officers from the member communities of North Haven, North Branford, East Haven, Branford, Guilford, and Madison Police Departments. The participating agencies recognize the need to provide specialty police services in cost-effective manner. The response capabilities of these regional teams far surpass that which an individual department could sustain.
The South Central Regional SWAT team is a group of highly dedicated, professional officers committed to managing high risk police operations. Only those that pass a rigorous try-out and performance evaluation are considered for selection to the team. The team maintains a demanding training cycle to ensure operational readiness. The team officers carry these skills with them every day while serving their departments and performing their assign duties. These officers are also tasked with conducting active shooter training for several of the departments. The South Central Regional SWAT Team also encompasses a Crisis Negotiation Team and Tactical Emergency Medical Support. The Tactical Emergency Medical Support component is led by a trauma surgeon that oversees five paramedics. These members can provide rapid and potentially lifesaving medical aid to police officers, civilians, and suspects who have been injured. These medical professional receive advanced tactical training and essentially travel with the team during all training sessions and call-outs.
South Central Traffic Unit has been established through a mutual police assistance compact to provide the participating municipalities with strengthened traffic enforcement and comprehensive investigation into serious or fatal motor vehicle crashes. This unit is comprised of highly trained officers from the member departments. These officers utilize over 200 hours of classroom training and on scene experience to evaluate, understand and reconstruct severe and fatal motor vehicle crashes. Each officer is certified as an Accident Reconstructionist through the University of North Florida. The unit is well equipped with a specialty scene vehicle, laser measuring systems and a state-of-the-art 3D coordinate measuring machine.
We strive to deliver professional and progressive police services while strengthening community partnerships through mutual respect, trust and collaboration.