Community Relations

A Commitment to Community

The Community Relations Division works diligently to develop and maintain open lines of communication with the public. Many programs foster close partnerships between officers and citizens, which encourage problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.

In addition to traditional police work, such as responding to emergency calls for service and traffic enforcement, Community Relations officers respond to “Quality of Life” issues that impact residents on a daily basis, such as motor vehicle complaints, disorderly groups and litter/blight concerns. This is accomplished by working closely with public stakeholders and the City departments.


Continuous Involvement

The Community Relations Division is engaged with every segment of the Waterbury community, striving to develop relationships with all members. Through a range of programs that involve the very young to elderly residents, the department is constantly seeking out opportunities for positive public interaction and participation. 

Youth Programs

Developing the youth of the City of Waterbury through educational and exciting programs is especially important to the Waterbury Police Department. These kinds of programs seek to improve all types of interactions between police and youth, promoting positive relationships that will, in turn, benefit the community. 

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Citizens' Police Academy

The Citizens' Police Academy gives participants a chance to receive training in several areas, including overviews on the Waterbury Police Department’s organizational structure and the function of the various police divisions. Participants will also tour the department and experience various hands-on demonstrations. At the end of the six-week session, participants will have the opportunity to accompany a police officer on a ride along.



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Child Safety Installations

Are you using your child seat correctly? It is estimated that approximately 80% of car seats are misused or installed incorrectly. The Waterbury Police Department offers monthly Child Safety Installations in conjunction with Safe Kids Greater Waterbury. The Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Inspection Stations teach parents and caregivers how to safely transport children by using the appropriate child safety seat correctly. 

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"Officer Friendly" Program

Community Relations officers can frequently be found at any of the 20 Waterbury public elementary schools and our many private parochial schools, providing instruction for school-aged children in areas including stranger danger, dealing with bullies, handgun safety, drug awareness, bicycle safety and internet safety.

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Downtown Business Watch

The Downtown Business Watch is a key partnership between the police department and businesses in the Greater Waterbury area. This vital program in which Community Relations officers work closely with downtown merchants and businesses to provide innovative ways to keep their businesses and patrons alike safe.


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Neighborhood Block Watch Program

The Neighborhood Block Watch program has proved to be an effective weapon against crime in the City of Waterbury – and it can be effective in your neighborhood, too! Block Watch gathers citizens into a neighborhood group, where they can learn crime prevention techniques from their respective Community Relations officer. Contact the Community Relations Division for more information about how your neighborhood can get involved.

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Special Olympics of Connecticut

The Waterbury Police Community Relations Divison is dedicated to supporting all that the Special Olympics of Connecticut does and works closely to support numerous SOCT events, including staffing the Dream Ride, Law Enforcement Torch Run and "Tip-A-Cop" events annually.

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Waterbury Crime Stoppers

Waterbury Crime Stoppers pays cash to callers who provide information, regarding criminal activity, that leads to an arrest. The most important part of the Crime Stoppers program is that it is anonymous; you’ll never be asked for your name or any identifying information! Call 203-755-1234 for more information.



Get In Touch

Lieutenant Ryan Bessette

Community Relations Commanding Officer

Telephone: 203-573-6346

Looking for more information?

Contact the Waterbury Police Department with any inquiries, requests for service, information on a crime or to report suspicious activity.