Internal Affairs Unit
The Internal Affairs Unit of the Meriden Police Department is a special investigative arm of the department. whose primary responsibility is to investigate allegations of misconduct by our employees. Internal Affairs investigators also conduct background checks on all candidates for employment, and any other duties as assigned by the Chief of Police. The Internal Affairs Unit reports directly to the Chief of Police.
There are currently three investigators assigned to the Internal Affairs Unit.
Lieutenant Darrin McKay- IA Division Commander (203) 630-6344
Lieutenant Darrin McKay began his career with the Meriden Police Department back in December of 1994. After spending 9 years in the Patrol and Community Policing Divisions, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2003. He spent the next 8 years as a supervisor within the Patrol Division before being assigned to the Internal Affairs Division. In April of 2021, Lieutenant McKay was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant at which time he was tasked with taking over as the Internal Affairs Division commander.
Sergeant Michael Boothroyd- IA Sergeant (203) 630-6291
Sergeant Michael Boothroyd began his career with the Meriden Police Department in August of 2000. During his career in patrol, he served as both the Department’s Neighborhood Initiative Traffic Unit and Field Training Officer. Boothroyd was promoted to Sergeant in July of 2012, where he supervised the midnight and day shifts. Sergeant Boothroyd oversaw the Police Service Technician Program until his reassignment into Internal Affairs in April of 2021. Sergeant Boothroyd can be reached by email or phone.
It is the policy of the Meriden Police Department to accept and investigate all complaints of employee misconduct. The allegation may encompass rude behavior, conduct, brutality, false arrest, violations of state statutes, civil rights violations, or any wrongdoing on the part of the employee.
Anyone who feels aggrieved by the actions, or inactions, of our employees, may file a complaint with this department. Complaints will be taken 24-hours-a-day, by any supervising officer (Sergeant or above). The complaint will be documented on a complaint form and forwarded to the Internal Affairs Unit. After receiving the complaint, the Internal Affairs Unit will contact the complainant for interview purposes.
The Internal Affairs Unit may be contacted directly at 203-630-6344, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
A fair, objective and impartial investigation will be completed and the findings will be sent to the Chief of Police, or his designee for review. The complainant will be notified of these findings. If warranted, a disciplinary hearing concerning the allegation will be convened.
In many instances we find that these investigations uncover defective procedures that can be changed, greatly assisting us in our efforts to better serve the public.