MERIDEN — Police Chief Roberto Rosado will begin hosting monthly talks with the community starting Thursday at the Meriden Green.
The events, dubbed “Thursday Talks,” will be held the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m., Rosado said in a statement Wednesday. Locations for each talk will be announced by the department on its Facebook page.
When Rosado was sworn in as chief last month, he said one of his top goals was to build trust and relationships in the community.
He reiterated his goals during an event Sunday on the green organized to encourage communications between the police and public.
“Thursday Talks will provide opportunity for the department, officers and community to come together as one,” Rosado said in an email Wednesday. “We value communication and our citizens’ input. Our goal is to bridge our communication with our residents so that we can address their concerns and make our community safer and better.”
Rosado also announced he will be having open office hours from 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday “for individuals who wish to meet and have private discussions.”
“Community engagement and interaction with our Police Department is essential for building trust and transparency with our residents,” Mayor Kevin Scarpati said Wednesday. “This is a much needed step forward and I commend Chief Rosado for committing the time and resources necessary to spend with our community in a casual atmosphere to get to know our residents and for them to get to know our officers.”