Chief of Police Jeffry W. Cossette
Chief Cossette began his career as a Patrol Officer. He was selected as one of the Department's K-9 handlers early in his career and later joined the Accident Reconstruction Team. Chief Cossette was promoted to Detective and worked in the Detective Bureau for a short time before being promoted to Sergeant. As a Patrol Sergeant, he worked as a first line supervisor on a Patrol Squad. He was then assigned as the Records Division Commander where he was promoted to Lieutenant. Chief Cossette was instrumental in getting Police Mountain Bikes and equipment for the Department in the early 1990's. Since that time, the Department has trained over 30 bike patrol officers. Chief Cossette was selected as Deputy Chief of Police in 2002 and later appointed Chief of Police in 2005. Chief Cossette has a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy. He has numerous certificates in leadership, management and public agency grants management. Chief Cossette is a member of the Connecticut Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Meriden Daffodil Committee. During his tenure, several pro-active law enforcement programs were brought to the City of Meriden including the Neighborhood Initiative Program, the Crime Suppression Unit, the Traffic Unit, the PST Program, and participation the the Statewide Narcotics Task Force and D.E.A. Task Force. Chief Cossette can be reached at 203-630-6300.
Deputy Chief Timothy Topulos - Administration & Support Services
Deputy Chief Topulos began his law enforcement career with the East Haven (CT) Police Department in 1984. In 1985, he transferred over to the Meriden Police Department where he was assigned to the Patrol Division as a patrol officer. In 1992, he was assigned to the Training Division as the Department’s Training Officer, where he was responsible for training new police recruits and developing training curriculums to maintain police officer certifications. In 1996, he was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant, while remaining in charge of the Training Division. In 1998, he was appointed to the Internal Affairs Unit as an Investigator – a position he held for the next four years. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Police Lieutenant and assigned command of the Third Watch (3 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. Shift). In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Police Captain and assigned command of the Police Operations Division (Patrol Division). In 2008, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police, second-in-command of the Police Department. Today, Deputy Chief Topulos oversees the Administration and Support Services Division of the Police Department. He assists the Chief of Police with strategic planning, research and development, budgeting, and personnel management and development. He also leads the agency’s Accreditation efforts.
Deputy Chief Topulos has earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy (196th Training Session) in Quantico, VA, and a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development (LEED) Program. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and FBI LEEDA. Deputy Chief Topulos has received numerous departmental awards over his career. He can be reached at 203-630-6307.
Deputy Chief Mark Walerysiak - Field Operations
Deputy Chief Walerysiak is a twenty-year veteran of the department, beginning his career in the Patrol Division. He was assigned to Platt High School as the School Resource Officer in 2000, and in 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Detective. He became a Detective Sergeant in 2007, when he was put in charge of the Special Crimes Unit. In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Lieutenant where he briefly supervised the Detective Division before accepting a position in the Internal Affairs Unit. On July 1, 2013, he resumed command of the Detective Division. On March 1, 2017, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Field Operations.
Deputy Chief Walerysiak obtained his master’s degree in National Security and Public Safety from the University of New Haven in 2008, and he is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course (76th Class), as well. Also, he is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Deputy Chief Walerysiak can be reached by email or by telephone at 203-630-6298.
Captain Glenn Milslagle
Captain Glenn Milslagle is the Commander of Police Operations. This Division has responsibilities for Patrol, Neighborhood Initiative and School Resource Officers, Animal Control, Traffic Unit, Traffic Investigation, SWAT and Hostage Negotiations. This Division encompasses the aspects of law enforcement that are most visible to the public. Police Operations is responsible for providing rapid response to emergencies, comprehensive initial investigation on all criminal matters, community service and assistance to the general public, and traffic safety. This is the largest Division in the Meriden Police Department with over 100 sworn and non-sworn employees.
Captain Milslagle began his service with the Meriden Police Department in 1990. While assigned to the Patrol Division, Captain Milslagle served in the Community Police Unit, was an Accident Reconstructionist on the Accident Investigation Unit, served over ten years as an Operator on the Special Weapons and Tactics Team as well as a Field Training Officer. Following his promotion to Sergeant, Captain Milslagle was assigned as an Investigator within the Internal Affairs Unit where he remained until his promotion to Lieutenant in 2012. Captain Milslagle was then assigned to the Patrol Division as Commander of the Third Watch as well as Commander of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team.
Captain Nicholas Sherwood
Captain Sherwood has served in the law enforcement profession since March of 2003, when he joined and served with the Hartford Police Department. While with Hartford, he served in the patrol division, as a Field Training Officer and as a member the Department's Disorder Control Team.
In August 2006, Captain Sherwood transferred to the Meriden Police Department. Since joining the Meriden Police Department, he has served the agency in several capacities including: patrol officer, field training officer, police instructor, SWAT team operator, patrol sergeant, training unit supervisor, NI Unit Commander, and the coordinator of the Citizen Police Academy.
Captain Sherwood now serves in the Administrative and Support Division, which is responsible for overseeing the Vehicle Fleet, Records Unit, Technology Unit, Court Liaison Office, Scheduling Office, and Professional Development Unit.
Captain Sherwood is also a veteran of the US Air Force, he holds a degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute's - 79th Command Officer Development Course. Captain Sherwood can be reached at 203-630-6216.
Detective Lieutenant Steve Burstein
The Detective Division has responsibility for the investigation of all serious felony crimes within the City of Meriden. There are four units within the Detective Division: Major Crimes Unit, Special Crimes Unit, Crime Suppression Unit and Evidence/ID Unit. Detective Lieutenant Steve Burstein is a 17 year veteran of the department, beginning his career in the Patrol Division and spending time as the School Resource Officer at Washington Middle School. He has worked as a Detective and Detective Sergeant in the Major Crimes and Evidence/ID Unit. On March 1, 2017 he was promoted to Detective Lieutenant and assumed command of the Detective Division. Detective Lieutenant Burstein can be reached by email or phone 203-630-6285.