Public Notice - State Accreditation

The Meriden Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve Tier One Re-accreditation by verifying it continues to meet professional standards.

Administered by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, the state accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state of the art standards.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments. Comments can be mailed to William E. Tanner, III, POSTC Accreditation Division at 285 Preston Ave. Meriden, Connecticut 06450, by telephone at 203-427-2602, by fax at 203-238-6643 or by email: William Tanner. Please enter the name of the agency in the subject line of the email.

A copy of the standards is available at the Meriden Police Department, 50 West Main Street, Meriden, CT. 06451 Local contact is Captain Nicholas Sherwood, (203-630-6216).


Weapons Accountability Program

In an effort to continuously improve department functions, procedures and efficiency; the Meriden Police Department has developed a more in-depth weapons accountability program.

The new program consists of a layered security system and an in-depth checks and balance procedure. This security system includes, but is not limited to, the following security protocols:

  • Coded key fob access into the armory
  • Locked weapon cabinets
  • Motion activated camera systems
  • Physical accountability check of the routinely signed out weapons by Watch Supervisors
  • Strict sign out procedures for the weapons and ammunition

This new accountability program went into effect on 02/19/2015.

To ensure a system of checks and balances, a quarterly inventory will be conducted, as well as random spot inspections will be conducted by the Administrative Services Unit Commander, the Professional Development Unit Commander and/or the Internal Affairs Unit personnel.


Winter Weather Information

The City of Meriden and The Meriden Police Department know that winter weather can make things difficult for everyone. Please take some time to review our WINTER WEATHER DOCUMENT to answer all of your question regarding things like shoveling, parking bans, snow plowing and more. Be safe during the winter months.


City Curfew Notice

The Meriden Police Department is reminding all parents and youths that there is a curfew for teenagers in the City of Meriden. The curfew is at 9:00pm and will be stricly enforced. Officers will be diligently patrolling and any youths found in violation will be brought to police headquarters. Parents/guardians can be fined $90 for each violation of the curfew. Please take a few moments to review the City's curfew below and discuss it with your son/daughter. We consider this a safety issue for Meriden teens as there have been fights and other issues when youths are congregating without proper adult supervision. Thank you for your assistance in keeping Meriden safe!!


City Ordinance Notice

§91-1. Curfew Established. It shall be unlawful for any child under the age of 15 years to loiter on the streets or in any other public place in the City after 9:00pm and before 4:00am unless such child is accompanied by his parent or guardian or other adult person into whose care and custody such child has been committed by his parent or guyardian.

§91-2. Parental Responsibility. It shall be unlawful for any parent or other person having control of any minor to compel or permit such minor to violate the provisions of this chapter.

§91-3. Penalties for offenses. Any person violating the provisions of this chapter may be fined $50 to $90 for each violation.


Operation Dog Tag - Dog Licensing Survey

Meriden Animal Control Officers have begun conducting random home surveys looking for all unregistered dogs in Meriden. The random survey will continue through the end of the year and will include licensing and vaccination confirmations.

As a reminder, each owner or keeper of a dog of six months of age or older must obtain a license in the City Clerk's Office on or before June 30th, annually, or at such time as the dog becomes six months old, or 30 days upon receipt of a new dog. A rabies certificate signed by a veterinarian indicating the date of the vaccination and the duration of the immunity must be provided at the time of licensing as well as proof of alteration (neutering or spaying). The license is $8.00 for each neutered male or spayed female and $19.00 for each un-neutered male dog and each un-spayed female dog. A $1 late fee for each month or fraction thereof for failure to obtain a license prior to June 30th will be imposed.

Additional Animal Control information can be obtained on the City website here:ANIMAL CONTROL. If you have any questions regarding the random surveys from Animal Control please contact the City Clerk's Office at 203-630-4030 or Animal Control at 203-235-4179.