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.
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.
Public comments on policies can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or written letter to the Police Commission at 2900 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06518.
Please click on the most recent Police Policies & Hamden Police Organizational Chart below.
- Hamden Police Use of Force Policy
- Medical Collection Disposal Program Policy
- Hamden Police Organizational Chart
- Family Violence Prevention And Response Policy - Updated
- Hamden Police Department Organizational Chart
- Records policy revision summary 08-2023
- Records 015-002 new
- ACO policy revision summary
- ACO policy 028-014 new
- Crossing Guards 012-005 new
- 024-017 Risk Order and Warrant policy changes summary
- NEW 024- 017 Managing Encounters with Persons in Crisis - Risk Orders and Warrants draft
- Handling of Juvenile Matters revision summary 07-2023
- Handling of Juvenile Matters new 012-001
- POSTC Policy on Law Enforcement Complaints GN 15-03
- EI - 005-001 clean 6-13-2023 (2)
Town Charter Rules Regarding Boards & Commissions:
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.
|Vaughn M. Willis (Chair)
|Reverend Keith Alan King
|Taiwan D. Richardson
Interested In Joining?
If you would like to email the Police Commission, please email HBC_Police@Hamden.com