Acting Chief Timothy F. Wydra
Timothy F. Wydra was hired by the Hamden Police Department on February 26, 1993. He graduated from the Connecticut Police Academy - 238th session in June 1993.
Over the next 9 years he served as a Patrol Officer, Community Police Unit Officer, and K-9 handler. He was also a member of the SWAT Team and the Police Honor Guard and served as a Field Training Officer.
In April 2002 he was promoted to Detective and assigned to the Major Crimes Unit where he primarily investigated serious crimes.
In February 2004 he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division as a first line supervisor. He supervised sworn and non-sworn personnel assigned to field operations as well as those assigned to Communications Division on a specific shift.
In January 2006 he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as the Commander of the Detective Division including the Major Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit, Crime Scene Unit, and Computer Crimes Unit.
In April 2013 he was assigned to the Patrol Division as a Shift Commander and worked in this capacity for several years.
In November 2021 he was promoted to Captain and assigned as the Commander of the Patrol Division.
In May 2022 he was appointed by Mayor Lauren Garrett as the Deputy Chief of Police and subsequently was confirmed by the Hamden Legislative Council on May 9, 2022.
On May 17, 2022, he was appointed as the Acting Chief of Police by Mayor Garrett.
Acting Chief Wydra has served SWAT Team Commander, Hostage Negotiation Unit Commander, Field Training Officer Program Coordinator, Active Shooter Instructor, and Less Lethal Instructor.
Acting Chief Wydra received his Associate of Science with High Honors in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Administration from the University of New Haven in 2006, and further went on to receive his Bachelor of Science with Honors in Public Safety Administration from Charter Oak State College in 2013.
In July of 2010 Acting Chief Wydra graduated from the 242nd Session of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Acting Chief Wydra understands the importance of being an active partner to our diverse community and prioritizes relationship building and effective communication with 24-hour accessibility. He is a strong advocate of community-oriented policing, as well as evidence-based and data-driven policing strategies.
Acting Chief Wydra is the recipient of numerous department awards. He has earned 24 Letters of Commendation from the Hamden Board of Police Commissioners, 11 Letters of Recognition from the Office of the Chief of Police, and 7 Unit Citations from the Hamden Board of Police Commissioners. In 1999 he received the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award.
In 2007 Acting Chief Wydra received the Distinguished Public Safety Award, presented by the Police Commissioner’s Association of Connecticut and the Hamden Mayor’s Recognition of Achievement Award.