New Meriden police chief sworn in, pledges to build trust within community

New Meriden police chief sworn in, pledges to build trust within community

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MERIDEN — The city’s new chief of police Roberto Rosado was officially sworn in during a ceremony Wednesday and began work in Meriden after 22 years in the Willimantic Police Department, including the last four as chief.

Rosado, 45, was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Meriden and was inspired to pursue a career in law enforcement by local community leaders in the police and fire departments, he told the Record-Journal in an interview this week.

Rosado replaces retiring chief Jeffry Cossette. The city's Police Chief Search Committee chose Rosado earlier this month, following a six-month search process.

He will work under a 5-year contract and earn a starting salary of $130,000.

"I have had the chance to work with Chief Rosado in the past," City Manager Tim Coon said in announcing the hire, "and the city is getting an experienced, enthusiastic, and skilled leader."

Rosado decided he wanted to become a police officer during his senior year at Wilcox Technical High School and joined the Army National Guard right after graduating in 1994. He served six years in the National Guard and was hired as a patrol officer.

In his various roles in Willimantic, Rosado was responsible for overseeing largelevel narcotics investigations, and a large number of high profile criminal cases.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and was a graduate of the FBI National Academy in 2015. This August, Rosado will earn his master's degree in criminal justice with a concentration in management from the University of New Haven.

"It's been a great opportunity and a great run for 22 years, but I look forward to going back home and bringing some of that success I had here to Meriden," Rosado said. He resides in Windham, but plans to eventually move back to the Meriden area.

To read more about the incoming police chief click here. To read more about the search process click here and here.

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