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 Police Department. A short time later, he transferred to the Meriden Police Department where he was assigned as a Patrol Officer. Deputy Chief Topulos worked as Patrol Officer for the next eleven years while completing Bachelor's and Master's degrees with the University of New Haven. He was assigned as the department's Training Officer where he was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. Deputy Chief Topulos worked as the department's Training Officer and Internal Affairs officer while serving as a Patrol Sergeant. In 2002 he was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant and assigned to the 3rd Watch (3-11 shift). In 2005 he was promoted to Captain and assigned to command the Police Operations Division. In July 2008, he was promoted to Deputy Chief where he is the second in command of the department. Deputy Chief Topulos holds a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy. He has numerous department awards and citations and is a driving force in our Neighborhood Initiative program. Deputy Chief Topulos is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Connecticut Chiefs of Police, and the Meriden Triad program. Deputy Chief Topulos 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.
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.