Neighborhood Initiative Unit

The Neighborhood Initiative Unit is responsible for targeted areas where there have been higher levels of crime or minor offenses that have impacted the quality of life of the residents.  Formerly the Community Police Division, this unit has new responsibilities and has forged a lasting partnership with the Neighborhood Associations and the Meriden Council of Neighborhoods. 
Sergeant Vasco Lacerda is the Neighborhood Initiative Supervisors.  Chief Cossette assigned him to coordinate the efforts of the N.I. Officers, meet regularly with the Neighborhood Association members, plan enforcement in problem areas, and work closely with other agencies and groups to bring positive change to the neighborhoods the unit covers.

If you would like to take an active part in your neighborhood association, click on the Meriden Council of Neighborhoods website and attend an Association Meeting.  Neighborhood Initiative Officers and supervisors attend meetings and want to hear your feedback. 


Since Chief Cossette re-instituted the program in 2005, the Neighborhood Initiative Unit has grown to eight Neighborhood Initiative Officers and five School Resource Officers covering nine Core Neighborhoods and all elementary schools, middle schools and high schools.  The members of the Neighborhood Initiative Unit work varied schedules to address crime problems and quality of life issues in their areas. 

Neighborhood Officers and Contact Information 

Sergeant Vasco Lacerda has been assigned as a Supervisor of the Neighborhood Initiative Unit - Email

Officer Michael Shedlock covers the ACTION 13/Cook Ave Neighborhoods - Email 
Officer James Decrisantis (K9) covers the Grove Street/Lewis Avenue Neighborhoods - Email
Officer Adam Kery covers the Lower Eastside Neighborhoods - Email
Officer Michael Ford (seasonal) covers the Downtown Neighborhoods and the Meriden Green - Email