8 Community Ave, Plainfield, CT 06374   •   Town Hall: 860-230-3000   •   Fax: 860-230-3033

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Police Commission

The Police Commission meets at 6:00 PM the fourth Tuesday
of each month in the Plainfield Town Hall Multi-Purpose Room.



The current members of the Police Commission are:

William A. Holmes (D) - Current Chair

Albert E. Coburn Jr. (D) - Full Member
Melissa A. Wilcox (D) - Current Secretary
Bruce A. Dawley (D) - Full Member

Douglas Frederick Smith (R) - Full Member




The Plainfield Police Commission was created in order to promote public confidence in the professionalism and accountability of the sworn staff of the Plainfield Police Department. This Commission's mission is to enhance the public health and safety of the entire community by being committed to building trust through the delivery of efficient, professional and caring services. Through the commitment to its mission statement, the members of the Plainfield Police commission shall ensure the proper, lawful and unbiased application of police powers in accordance with federal, state and local laws. Additionally, the Commission recognizes and respects the rights and principles that are embodied and agreed to in the applicable portions of the Town Charter, State Statues and all officially recognized and approved policies and procedures of the Town of Plainfield.


Police Commission meetings are held monthly, generally on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the basement meeting room of the Plainfield Town Hall. The Commission does meet more frequently as the need arises for various emergent reasons. Residents are welcome to attend and to participate in the regularly scheduled monthly meetings. For your convenience, please confirm/verify the meeting time and date with the Plainfield Town Clerk's office at (860) 230-3009.


In addition to the above, the Police Commission functions as the Town Traffic Authority. The Traffic Authority serves to investigate and answer police department and citizen concerns regarding the use of traffic control (e.g. stop signs, yield signs and traffic
lights) and traffic control issues such as speeding, one-way streets, traffic flow and special road usages (e.g. parades and other special events requiring authorization of temporary traffic flow modifications and appropriate signage). Through the use of professional resources, established Town of Plainfield policies and input by the Chief of Police, the Traffic Authority / Police Commission shall render a decision based on a majority vote of the members. These decisions are based on consideration of a number of factors including legal liability, public safety, State and local statues/approved policies, potential unforeseen circumstances and aesthetics.

-- For all requests for use of town roadway(s) in the Town of Plainfield and/or requests for and other applicable requests of the Town Traffic Authority, the applicant shall click on the quick link (above, left) to obtain a printable version of the "Application For The Use of Town Roads For Special Events", and/or request for traffic regulated signs and/or markings, completely provide all of the information requested / required on the form and submit to the Plainfield Board of Police Commissioners (Traffic Authority) via the address provided in the form's header.


For more information, e-mail: plainfieldpolicecommission@hotmail.com