Police Department


ROUTINE CALLS:  (860) 409-4200                   FAX: (860) 409-4206

RECORDS UNIT:  (860) 409-4220

Paul J. Melanson (860) 409-4213
Administrative Coordinator Nicole Martinez (860) 409-4214

The Police Department has authorized staff consisting of 35 Sworn Officers, six Civilian Dispatchers, Records/Accreditation manager, Police Records/Systems Coordinator, and the Administrative Secretary. The Department also employs a part-time Animal Control Officer, IT manager and Records Aide. The Police Department is proud to have been awarded national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Fairfax, Virginia, since 1993.

The Department philosophy is Service to the Community. We are proactive and responsive to community concerns and participate in D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), Police Cadets, and the Citizen Police Academy.The Department uses a Juvenile Review Board, offering an alternative to criminal courts by referring youthful offenders meeting certain criteria to the Board for remediation.

The Administrative Division is headed by Lieutenant John Schmalberger (phone: (860) 409-4216) and the Operations Division is headed by Lieutenant Rodney Williams (phone: (860) 409-4241). The Records/Accreditation Manager is John Zematis (phone: (860) 409-4251). 

Residents of Avon over the age of 18 are encouraged to join the Citizen Police Academy.  Please call (860) 409-4200 for more information.

Department Organizational Chart



The mission of the Avon Police Department is to provide professional, progressive and welcoming police services, in conjunction with the community, to maintain a high quality of life, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.


Staff Contacts

Paul J. Melanson

Chief of Police

(860) 409-4213

Nicole Martinez

Administrative Coordinator

(860) 409-4214