Hamden Police Department

  • Agency: Hamden Police Department
  • Address: 2900 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, 06518 CT
  • Chief: Thomas Wydra (Chief of Police)
Phone: 203-230-4000

Hamden Police Department is located at 2900 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, 06518 CT. The Chief of Police of the department is Thomas Wydra. The Hamden Police Department phone number is 203-230-4000.

Hamden Police Department News

Thanks to everyone who participated in Trunk or Treat at Hamden High School tonight. Special Thanks to Officer Angela Vey and the Community Liaison Unit, Hamden Fire Department, AMR , Hamden CERT , Hamden Police Explorers , Hamden Youth Services, and Lisa Pelletier for donating the inflatables! Great time had by all!

Detectives Sean Dolan and Joe Liguori were a big hit at Trunk or Treat at St Ritas School last night!

Thanks to our followers, the brown pit bull found on St Mary’s St on Saturday was reunited with his owner. Our ACO is asking for help with this neutered male mixed breed found wandering on Circular Ave. today. Call our ACO at 203-230-4080.

Its been a few weeks since we had a reported sighting. But he (or she) is baaaaack! This was on Still Hill Rd near Post Falls lane earlier today.

Last night The Hamden Police Explorers were busy filling bags of candy for Trunk or Treat this Sunday October 28 from 4:00pm-5:30pm. Pre-Registration is REQUIRED Free of charge- HAMDEN RESIDENTS ONLY For more information visit our website www.hamdenpd.com under the community tab.

This brown male pit bull mix, neutered, with an injury to left front leg -most likely hit by car- was found on St Mary's St. On 10/20/2018. Contact the ACO at 203.230.4080.

#9PMRoutine On October 19, 2018 at approximately 3:00a.m. Officer Luis Rivera was on patrol in the area of Oberlin Road. Officer Rivera noticed that the interior lights were illuminated in several parked motor vehicles. Further investigation revealed that 8 vehicles were forcibly entered. The larcenies and tampering occurred on Oberlin Road, Loller Road, Lynmot Road and Wilmot Road. A motor vehicle was stolen from a Wilmot Road residence. Shortly thereafter, Officer Michael White located an 18 year-old New Haven resident walking in the area. A computer inquiry revealed that there was a warrant for his arrest. The warrant, which originated from Hamden, was for a crime that the 18 year-old committed when he was a juvenile. He was subsequently arrested and transported to police headquarters. The 18 year-old New Haven resident was charged with Assault in the 3rd Degree and Disorderly Conduct. He is scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court in New Haven on October 26, 2018. The investigations are continuing. Hamden Police would like to advise residents to take several precautions. First, if possible, vehicles should be parked in a well-lit area. Vehicles should be locked at all times. It is extremely important to remove ALL valuables from the vehicle, including small change. Finally, residents are encouraged to contact the Hamden Police Department whenever suspicious activity is observed. #9pmroutine Hamden Police can be reached at (203) 230-4000.

Kids enjoy sitting in the Hamden Police Car- wrapped in pink this month for Breast Cancer Awareness- while at tonight’s Food Truck Festival!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by Whitney Donut yesterday for Coffee with a Cop!!

Today Chief Thomas Wydra completed his 26 year career at The Hamden Police Department, the last 12 as police chief. Many of our officers lined the sidewalk as he exited the building today, sending him off to his next endeavor with the State of Connecticut. Best of Luck Chief! Congratulations on your distinguished career at HPD.

Today Chief Thomas Wydra completed his 26 year career at The Hamden Police Department, the last 12 as police chief. Many of our officers lined the sidewalk as he exited the building today, sending him off to his next endeavor with the State of Connecticut. Best of Luck Chief! Congratulations on your distinguished career at HPD.

Today Chief Thomas Wydra completed his 26 year career at The Hamden Police Department, the last 12 as police chief. Many of our officers lined the sidewalk as he exited the building today, sending him off to his next endeavor with the State of Connecticut. Best of Luck Chief! Congratulations on your distinguished career at HPD.

Hamden Police K9 Demonstrations at the Fall Festival at Brooksvale Park Saturday Sept 29 at 12pm and 2pm

Hamden Police Chief Retires After Distinguished 26-Yr Career Leaves Hamden PD Positioned for Future Success through Focus on Crime Prevention, Community, and Local Partnerships,Plans to Further Career with State of Connecticut Mayor Curt Balzano Leng and Police Chief Thomas Wydra have issued a joint announcement regarding Chief Wydra’s impending retirement. Chief Wydra served the Hamden Police Department for 26 years, steadily rising through the ranks of the Department, and was appointed Chief of Police by Mayor Craig Henrici in 2006. Chief Wydra will conclude his employment with the Town of Hamden effective September 30th, 2018 and will shortly thereafter begin a new position within the Department of Labor with the State of Connecticut. Commenting, Mayor Curt Balzano Leng said, “Chief Wydra has been a pivotal member of the Hamden community for more than two decades. In his role as Police Chief and as Manager of our Traffic Department, Tom has never backed down from the challenges of public service. His leadership as Chief has had a profound impact on the operations of the Hamden Police Department and has made our community safer due to pro-active, smart, and innovative policing tactics; including a focus on crime prevention, improved community focus and relations, expanding professional development and training, efforts to diversify our Department and increased use of technology for efficiency and effectiveness. He is an exceptional leader and someone I could always count on as we worked to expand community policing efforts, new youth initiatives and much more. His contributions to our community have strengthened our Town and positioned us for success in the coming years. For this and many other reasons, I am profoundly grateful for his service.” Throughout his tenure as Police Chief, Wydra implemented a number of procedures, policies, and traditions which have ultimately formed the backbone of the Hamden Police Department and its current operating culture. Chief Wydra was the driving force behind enhancing a robust professional development and training curriculum with executive, management and leadership training programs for all department supervisors, as well as recurring education on key topics including workplace violence, sexual harassment prevention, de-escalation, conflict resolution, trauma-informed sexual assault investigations; emotional survival for police officers; managing the mentally-ill; crisis intervention; and community mediation training for personnel. Wydra also focused intently on providing transparent community policing. He directed the research, procurement, policy development, and deployment of on-officer wearable body cameras in 2013. He also created a Community Liaison Unit that centralized crime prevention and community outreach efforts through sustained relationship building with all stakeholders including residents, neighborhood leaders, visitors and business owners to reduce crime and the fear of crime to its lowest possible level. In keeping with his efforts to connect directly to the community, Wydra formed a Bicycle Unit in 2007 that has considerably increased the presence of uniformed police officers in targeted neighborhoods as a strategy to provide more face to face contacts with residents, business owners and visitors, mitigate crime, and reduce the fear of crime. In 2015, this program expanded in partnership with Mayor Leng to include Hamden’s first Police walking beats in 40 years and a doubling of Hamden’s bicycle patrol presence. Wydra coordinated the delivery of training from the Community Relations Service of the Department of Justice for all department personnel in the topic areas of cultural awareness, bias-based policing, and fair and impartial policing in 2011, 2012 and 2015 for all sworn employees. He created a fully operational Computer Crimes Unit and forensic laboratory that manages the collection, preservation and analysis of digital and electronic evidence. Chief Wydra was also instrumental in leading a successful approach to developing a diversified workforce that more closely resembles the population served, and now currently includes the highest number of female, bi-lingual, Hispanic, and black police officers in the history of the Hamden Police Department. He also advocated for the creation of a juvenile review board (JRB) in 2011 that has successfully diverted youth away from the juvenile justice system for first-time misdemeanor offenses, and worked diligently to institute a Child Safety Car Seat installation program in 2014. This program, which is still active, provides the public with information pertaining to the safety of child passengers in motor vehicles, and includes the demonstration to caregivers regarding the proper selection, installation, and use of car seats, booster seats, and use of seatbelts. Additionally, Wydra authorized the creation of a law enforcement club at the Hamden Middle School in 2009 with the leading purpose of educating interested students on a full package of police related topics, as well as developing stronger ties between our department and the youth in our community. He also worked with the Department to establish a “Police Explorer Program” in 2014 that targets young adults in the 14-21 age group with an opportunity to learn about and consider a career in police work, while focusing on the value of higher education, self-discipline, and respect for authority. In 2015, Wydra re-booted the Citizens Police Academy program as an instrument to provide local residents, and other stakeholders, with education on police practices and functions, as well as to build and enhance community rapport and relationships. Commenting on his career with the Hamden Police Department, Chief Wydra said, “I have been extraordinarily fortunate throughout my 26 year career with the Hamden Police Department where I benefited from so many fantastic career advancement opportunities that would have been unimaginable to me when I was a 22 year old rookie cop. I will forever be grateful to so many people who helped me along the way, and to the Hamden community as a whole.” Wydra continued, “My 12 year tenure as the chief of police was exceedingly rewarding. I am most proud of the department as it exists today, especially in the way our workforce reflects the splendid diversity of Hamden’s population. I am very excited to be moving onto the next chapter in my professional journey at the Department of Labor for the State of Connecticut.” Police Commission Chairman Michael Iezzi commented, “Working in partnership with the community, the department and the commission, Chief Wydra has been a leader and someone who has been extremely progressive in bringing The Hamden Police Department to perhaps the finest department in the state of CT.

Careful hiking out there!! Last week Assistant Animal Control Officer Mitch Gibbs responded to a Lane Street residence on the report of a “Copperhead Snake” in a garbage bin. AACO Gibbs learned that the resident frequents West Rock Park. The resident noticed a garbage bag in the vicinity of the park. He decided to place the garbage bag inside of his vehicle and dispose of it at home. A day later, he observed the copperhead, a venomous snake, inside of his garbage bin. After contacting the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, AACO Gibbs returned the snake to West Rock Park.

Here it is again via Youtube! https://youtu.be/0_oKB2WY6oA

On this date in 1986, Virginia Duclos Bruce was murdered and her body left in a trash receptacle off of Morse St. Over the years the Hamden Police Department has interviewed numerous people and followed up on countless leads but an arrest has not been made. We have not forgotten about Virginia. If you have any information about this case- please call the Hamden Police Department Major Crimes Division at 203-230-4000.

The Hamden Board of Traffic Authority will be holding a special meeting on Thursday Sept 20 at 7:00pm at the Hamden Middle School for all to attend regarding the recent changes on Ridge Rd.

Hamden Police Department’s K9 Maverick to get donation of body armor. Hamden Police Department’s K9 Maverick will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Maverick’s vest is sponsored by Paula Sogan of Milford, CT and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of David Sogan”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,100 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

The Hamden Police Department is saddened to report the death of K-9 “Viking”, who passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 15th. “Viking”, who was born in Hungary, was 7 years old. Sergeant Jason Venditto and his K-9 partner “Viking” worked together for approximately 6 years. K-9 Viking was instrumental in assisting the Hamden Police Department in arresting numerous violent offenders. In addition, he routinely aided the department with evidence recovery, drug searches and locating missing persons. The Hamden Police Department mourns the death of “Viking”, a member of our department that served alongside us daily and worked tirelessly to help protect us.

The Hamden Police Explorer program is accepting new members! If you are between the ages of 13 and 20 and are interested in learning about law enforcement and leadership skills, please join us for an informational meeting on Monday, September 17th, at 7pm at the Hamden Police Station, 2900 Dixwell Ave. Please bring a parent or guardian. This program is free of charge.

Congratulations to Officers Dennis Ryan, Mark Sheppard, and Matt Barbuto who were promoted to the rank of Detective this evening!

After being called out by the North Haven PD in the Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenge- A group of Hamden officers accepted the challenge and the finished product is coming soon! Here is a teaser! #lipsynchchallenge

On September 12, 2018 the Hamden Police Department Traffic Division and members of the Connecticut State Police Truck Squad conducted selective enforcement throughout the Town of Hamden. The focus of the enforcement was to ascertain if “heavy duty trucks,” traveling throughout Hamden, were in compliance with state law. Officers conducted enforcement at various locations, including Whitney Avenue/Route 40 Connector, Sherman Avenue, Pine Rock Avenue/Arch Street and Davis Street. Numerous trucks were stopped and found to be in compliance. The following enforcement action was taken: - 25 infractions were issued for various violations. The fines totaled approximately $20,000.00 - 2 misdemeanor summonses were issued - 2 “Full Inspections” were performed - 4 vehicles were deemed unsafe and taken out of service - 2 trailers were towed - 2 trucks were overweight