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On March 8, 1943 the North Haven Police Department was established by an Act of the Connecticut State
Legislature. At that time, Joseph Castiglioni was appointed the officer-in-charge and he eventually became the first
Chief of Police. On March 8, 2013, the North Haven Police Department celebrated its 70th anniversary.
Over the past seventy years, the department has had six police chiefs and currently the department is led by Chief
Thomas J. McLoughlin. The department has grown from a two man department at its inception to the present day
strength of forty-eight sworn officers, four civilian dispatchers, and six civilian employees.
Aside from the traditional police cruisers and unmarked police vehicles, the police department maintains an aerial
bucket truck, a police motorcycle and patrol bicycles. The department also maintains a 2013 Lenco Bearcat armored
vehicle. This armored vehicle belongs to the Region 2 towns and cities and it is garaged in North Haven because of
our central location and close proximity to I-91, I-95 and Route 15.
In 2010, the police department created a Canine (K9) Unit with the adoption of Zeus, a German Shepard that is
crossed trained as a patrol canine and certified in narcotics recognition. In 2012, the department expanded the
Canine Unit with the addition of Koda, a Labrador Retriever certified in narcotics recognition.
In 2012, the police department expanded its long-time SWAT partnership with the North Branford Police Department
to include the East Haven Police Department. During this same time, the department created a regional traffic unit
with the police departments from North Branford and East Haven for the purpose of investigating serious traffic
accidents. The regional efforts of the South Central SWAT Team and South Central Traffic Unit allow the three towns
to share highly trained personnel and equipment, and at the same time, increase the quality of specialized police
services with shared cost.
The police department continues to serve the needs of the town’s education system by providing a D.A.R.E. Program
and a School Resource Officer (SRO).
As a general reminder to all residents and businesses, please report all crimes and incidents of suspicious nature as
soon as possible.
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