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About Us

The mission of the Danbury Police Department is to provide an environment for the people of Danbury that is free from the fear of crime, where people can enjoy a high quality of life, and the entire community can prosper.  The Police Department executes its mission from our state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot headquarters at 375 Main Street in downtown Danbury.  We have an authorized strength of 154 sworn officers with additional civilian support personnel assigned to various divisions within the agency.

The Danbury Police Department has three major divisions; Patrol, Investigations, and Professional Standards.  We strongly emphasize the concept of community policing.  Our department is committed to developing and maintaining positive working relationships with community based organizations, local businesses, other city agencies and law enforcement partners in an effort to deliver the highest quality professional service to all residents and visitors in this great city.


Our calls for service in 2016 remained steady at just under 70,000, which is about the same as in the previous year.  In July 2016 Chief Alan Baker retired after leading the department for 11 years and a new Chief, Patrick Ridenhour, was sworn in.  We earned Tier 1 Accreditation from the State of Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council in September 2016.  We are on schedule to earn Tier 2 Accreditation in the summer of 2017.

Our Traffic Unit continued to address the dangers of driving while impaired, distracted driving, and driving without seat belts.  Many of these initiatives have been funded by state and federal grants.

Other accomplishments in 2016:

  • Purchased a new narcotics detection dog, K-9 “Rocky”. Plans are underway to purchase three new Patrol K-9s thanks to a generous donation from the estate of a local resident.
  • Conducted another successful prescription drug take-back day in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration. We also acquired a prescription drug box that will be installed in the lobby of police headquarters so that residents can dispose of unused and unwanted medications at any time.
  • Conducted two successful Citizens Police Academies so that residents and stakeholders can get a better understanding of police operations.
  • Recently launched a new and innovative recruiting program in anticipation of an entry-level examination in September 2017.

Danbury continues to be recognized as one of the safest cities in New England and one of the safest of its size in the nation based on our crime statistics.  We are committed to continuing that trend for the foreseeable future.

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