Chief John F. Cappiello
Chief John F. Cappiello’s roots to Hamden were one of the reasons that he chose to be a part of the Hamden Police Department. He was a Hamden High School graduate who went onto the University of Connecticut.
He began his police career with the Hamden Police Department in February of 1984 where he was assigned to the patrol division.
In August of 1985, Chief Cappiello was transferred to the Street Crime Unit of the Investigative Services Division where he served as an investigator and undercover narcotics officer.
He was promoted to Detective working with the Statewide Narcotics Task Force in November of 1991. During this time he conducted long term investigations throughout the State of Connecticut relating to large scale narcotic trafficking. He also investigated all major crimes and collaborated with other agencies including other Police Departments, Federal & State Agencies, and Federal & State’s Attorneys.
Chief Cappiello was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in March of 1999. During this time he supervised the patrol officers and assisted in the training of new officers. In March of 2002 he was promoted to Lieutenant. As Lieutenant for the next four plus years, he had different roles. He served as Shift Commander, Assistant Division Commander and also in the Administration Division. In these different roles he supervised the sergeants, officers and non- sworn support personnel. He worked with the Purchasing Department on all department purchases and contracts. He also helped the Chief of Police prepare and manage the department budget.
In July of 2006, Chief Cappiello was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief. He supported and assisted the Chief of Police with the executive management and leadership of the entire department.
On October 1, 2018, he was appointed by Mayor Curt Leng as the 10th Chief of Police for the Hamden Police Department. As Chief his focus is on reducing violent crime, enforcement of traffic laws, fostering community engagement, police recruitment, training and integrity, and the use of technology to enhance efficiency and effectiveness with budget challenges.
Chief Cappiello is the recipient of numerous department awards. He earned 17 Letters of Commendation from the Hamden Board of Police Commissioners, 22 Letters of Recognition from the Office of the Chief of Police, and 9 Unit Citations from the Hamden Board of Police Commissioners. He also received a United States Attorney’s Award in 2004 and a Certification of Appreciation from the Connecticut State Police in 1992.
Chief John F. Cappiello is an accomplished 36 year veteran of the Hamden Police Department who has served in all facets of the department.