Police Commission

Mission Statement

The Commission confers with and advises the Mayor and the Chief of Police with respect to Police Department affairs, including review of the budget. The Commission interviews, promotes, and appoints personnel from Civil Service eligibility lists. On written request, they also meet and hear complaints of any member of the Police Department due to their acts or conduct. In addition, they meet and hear the written complaint of any town citizen who requests it, concerning a member of the Police Department. Reasonable recommendations to address such complaints are made, but no money damages nor rights of any person may be affected.

Traffic Authority

The Police commission also serves concurrently as the Traffic Authority, otherwise referred to as the Parking Division in the Charter. It has all the powers of municipal parking authorities under the general provisions of Connecticut General Statutes, Chap 100, as amended.

Citizens, neighborhood associations, schools, organizations, and businesses bring traffic concern and requests for street signs, lights, or street closings for parades, charity, and neighborhood events to the Commission for considerations, investigation, and action. The Commission consults with the Town Engineer, Director of Public Works, and/or Town Planner, who provide recommendations.

Meetings & Calendar

Police Commission meetings occur on the second Wednesday of every month. *Meetings may be held virtually on Zoom. Check agenda for more information. 

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Town Charter Rules Regarding Boards & Commissions:

The following is per our Town’s Charter:

  • Minority Party Representation: The political affiliation of the members of all appointed Boards or Commissions or panel of alternates shall reflect the requirements of the General Statutes with respect to minority party representation.
  • Geographical Areas of the Town: Best efforts shall be made to avoid the appointment of more than 1 member from the same Legislative Council District; however, under no circumstance shall more than 2 members be appointed from the same Legislative Council District.
  • Youth Representation: There shall be 2 non-voting positions on each Board and Commission for youths in the Town, ages 15 through 18, regardless of their status in a public or private high school, and they shall be residents of the Town.
  • Dual Appointment: No person may serve as an appointed member of more than one Board or Commission at the same time, with the exception of a Charter Revision Commission, other Boards or Commissions of finite duration, or appointment as a representative of the Town on regional entities.
  • Limitations of Service: On and after December 1st, 2023:
    • No person shall be appointed to a term on any Board or Commission if, at the time of the commencement of such new term, such person shall have served 12 consecutive years on such Board or Commission or, if during the subsequent term, said appointment would result in service in excess of said limitation of service. 
    • This limitation of service shall be applied to members of Boards and Commissions serving at the effective date of this provision. 
    • The time served by a person filling a partial term shall be counted toward the limitation of service. 
    • Any person whose term ends due to this provision may be reappointed to such Board or Commission after a lapse of 1 year. 

Specific to the Police Commission: 

  • No more than 2 members shall be current or retired law enforcement officers or officials or immediate family of such member or official, as said term may be defined by the Board of Ethics.
  • No member or retired member of the Hamden Police Department shall be appointed to said Commission in order to avoid appearance or violation of the provisions of this Charter or Ordinances pertaining to conflict of interest.
  • No person who has served in the previous 2 years in municipal office in the Town of Hamden (excluding Boards & Commissions, justice of the peace or notary public) or a political party officer (officer of a national committee of a political party, state central or town committee or any person employed by such committee for compensation) shall be appointed to membership on the Civil Service Commission, Finance Commission, Board of Ethics, Police Commission or Fire Commission.
  • The Commission shall consist of 9 Electors of the Town, one selected from each of the Legislative Council Districts of the Town. 

Members of the Police Commission

This commission consists of 9 members. No more than 5 members may be from the same political party.

CommissionerTerm ExpirationPartyDistrict
Vaughn M. Willis (Chair)12/31/2024U9
Christino Acosta12/31/2025R8
Reverend Keith Alan King12/31/2026D7
Taiwan D. Richardson12/31/2024D6
Webster Zackery12/31/2025D5
Ariana Mongillo12/31/2026R4
Alexander Jones12/31/2024D3
Stacey Hampton12/31/2025D2
Frank LaDore12/31/2026R1

D - Democrat; R - Republican; U - Unaffiliated

Youth Members


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Contact Information

If you would like to email the Police Commission, please email HBC_Police@Hamden.com

To Submit a Complaint, Comment, or Inquiry to the Police Commission, please email: hpc@hamden.com.