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Day Shift Commander

Captain Maxwell

Captain Maxwell

Shift Commander

Captain Robert Maxwell was hired by the Waterbury Police Department in April 1995. Throughout his career he has worked in the Patrol Division.

In October 2000 he was promoted to Sergeant and has served as a supervisor in the Patrol Division and became a Team Leader on the Hostage Negotiation Team.

In December 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and continued to serve in the Patrol Division until assigned as the Aide to Assistant Deputy Chief in 2006.

The Aide to the ADC is responsible for the timely and efficient administrative management of the Patrol Division. Robert also took on the responsibility of Operational Planning for most major events in the City- to include Parades, Road Races, Political Rallies, or any other large scale events requiring Police oversight to maintain order.

Since 2001 Robert has been the Commander of the department’s Hostage Negotiation Team. He is certified as a hostage negotiator by the FBI. He is also the Team Coordinator for the Crisis Intervention Team. The Negotiation Team is responsible for the challenging task of peacefully resolving incidents involving barricaded suspects while the Crisis Intervention Team provides services to residents with mental health and behavioral issues.

Robert is also a member of the City’s Local Emergency Planning Committee and often works closely with the Emergency Management Director coordinating the Police Departments efforts during severe storms or the planning for response to natural disasters.

He is also honored to be the Officer in Charge of the Department’s Color Guard. This unit displays and escorts the National Flag and City colors during ceremonial events and parades while also providing funeral honors to fallen Officers, both active and retired.

Robert was born in Waterbury. He is married and the father of two children. He is a graduate of Terryville High School. He attended both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Connecticut. And has extensive training in the areas of special event management, critical incident response, and crisis management.

Captain Maxwell is currently in command of B-Platoon of the evening shift.

Evening Shift Commander

Captain Michael DaSilva

Captain Michael DaSilva

Captain Dasilva joined the Waterbury Police Department in September of 1988 and is currently the second longest serving member of the Waterbury Police Department. Captain DaSilva served as Patrolman on the overnight shift until February of 1995 and was promoted to Detective in March of 1995 where he served in the Criminal Investigations Bureau. During his time there, he formed the very successful Burglary Squad. He was promoted to Sergeant in July of 1997 and was assigned to the Patrol Division and returned to the overnight C Platoon. He was promoted to Lieutenant in January of 2005 and has served in the Patrol Division as Executive Lieutenant until 2017.

Captain Dasilva has completed the IACP Internal Affairs Investigations course, the FBI LEEDA Executive leadership course and numerous other training courses with emphasis on emergency management and civil preparedness. He has also received a Department Recognition commendation for Excellent Police Duty.

Night Shift Commander

Captain Daniel Lauer

Captain Daniel Lauer

Shift Commander

Captain Lauer is a 19 year veteran of the Waterbury Police Department. Upon joining the agency in 1998 he was assigned to the Patrol Division where he worked on Bicycle Patrol and in the Radio Room. In 2004, Captain Lauer was reassigned to the Community Relations Division serving as the neighborhood officer for the Hillside and Yeshiva communities. In 2006, he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned as the Officer-In-Charge of the Community Relations Division. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In 2010, Captain Lauer was assigned as the project manager for the Waterbury PAL Park Project. In this role, he oversaw a multi-million dollar project to convert a blighted and contaminated industrial land parcel into a state of the art athletic complex and park the PAL Program. In 2012, Captain Lauer spearheaded the creation of the City’s Blight Task Force. This is a multi-departmental group that is tasked with developing and implementing blight remediation programs aimed at improving the quality of life in Waterbury. In 2015, Captain Lauer retuned to Community Relations as the Officer-In-Charge assisting with the creation of the Mounted Unit and continued expansion of PAL and other community outreach programs.

Captain Lauer has received several departmental awards, including two unit citations for his work in the Community Relations Division and an Excellent Police Duty Medal for successfully reviving a heart attack victim with CPR. Captain Lauer serves on the Executive Boards of both Waterbury PAL and the Waterbury Police Explorers. He previously served as a coach and Torch Run coordinator for Connecticut Special Olympics and currently serves as an assistant coach for Watertown Youth Lacrosse.

Captain Lauer graduated from Notre Dame High School in West Haven and from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. In 2016, he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Post University. Captain Lauer has been a POST certified instructor in the areas of Community Relations, Human Behavior, Cultural Awareness, Unbiased Policing, and Police Ethics. He has attended numerous training classes and seminars in the areas of Community Policing, Grant Writing, Leading and Influencing, Media Relations, Problem Solving Methods, and he recently completed FBI-LEEDA Command Leadership Training.

Captain Lauer is currently in command of C Platoon.