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.