October 13, 2020
As Chief of Police, along with members of the Meriden Police Department, we feel compelled to speak out in regards to this weekend’s incidents. These incidents mark yet another act of senseless gun violence. The recent shootings and homicide are believed to be isolated incidents by a number of individuals in conflict with other individuals. Public safety is within our community is a priority to the Meriden Police Department. Our PD seized over fifteen firearms and has made a large number of arrests since July in connection to gun violence. These firearms seizures and arrests did not occur by chance. Our Officers and Detective Bureau have been working around the clock to solve each crime and have been doing a phenomenal job in solving these investigations. With that being said, there is more work to be done to arrest those responsible for the continued gun violence.
To not interfere with current investigations, we are unable to provide specific details. However, we can assure the community that we are working closely with our criminal justice partners and other law enforcement agencies to combat the gun violence and gang activity in this community. More specifically, members of the Meriden Police Department are working with the FBI’s Gang Violence and the CT Violent Crime Task Forces. Many of the recent arrests have been made because of this collaboration.
Our goal is to keep our community aware of these incidents and provide updates as best as possible while maintaining the integrity of our investigations. We value our community’s support and ask our residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. This has been vital to our success. Together with our community’s support, we can reduce crime in our streets.
In closing, we are confident that we will continue to make arrests to keep the community safe.
Roberto M. Rosado, Chief of Police
Meriden Police Department