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Chief Rosado Bio

Appointed Chief of Police by Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin on February 5th, 2018, Hartford Police Chief David Rosado is no stranger to the City of Hartford.

Born & brought up in the great City of Hartford Chief Rosado attended grammar school at Mary Hooker School; Middle School at Burr on Wethersfield Avenue and High School at Bulkeley from which he graduated in 1989.  Following graduation from HS, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UCONN in 1993.

Shortly after graduating college, Chief Rosado joined the Avon, CT Police Department following completion of training at the Municipal Police Training Council Academy in Meriden, CT.   Finding that the small town municipal police field was interesting but didn’t challenge him to his fullest, Chief Rosado elected to leave the police service and take an underwriting position with Executive Risk in Simsbury, CT where he hoped to hone his financial skills, travel for business and ultimately gain enough experience, especially as it related to finance, to become an agent with the US Secret Service. 

After several years with Executive Risk, Chief Rosado elected to change careers and return to policing.  He applied to become a Connecticut State Trooper and was accepted to Training Troop #107 from which he graduated in January of 1998.  Following graduation, Chief Rosado was assigned to Troop I in Bethany, CT and spent 5 years on the road.  He later was reassigned to the Legal Affairs Unit, Commissioner’s Office and the Labor Relations Section.  In that time, as education was always very important to Dave and attending Law School was a longtime goal, he applied to UCONN Law.  Following acceptance, he began law school and attended night and evening classes after his regular work days. 

In 2005, he was promoted to Sergeant.  Working hard and successfully juggling the rigors of work and school, Dave graduated from law school in 2007 and later passed the CT Bar exam.  In 2008 he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as the Commander of Troop W (Bradley Airport) and also served as Commander of Troop H (Hartford).  When both of those Troops merged, he also served as Commander.  

Chief Rosado was promoted to Captain in 2012 and was assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau.  In that year, he was selected for, attended and graduated from the 249th Session of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.  In 2014, Chief Rosado was promoted to Major and was assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  He was later assigned as overall Commander of the Central District.

In 2016, Chief Rosado was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was tasked with overseeing the most important Office of Field Operations. He remained in that position until his retirement from the State Police.

Despite all of the professional accolades, of most importance though, Dave Rosado is a guy devoted to his family.  He’s been married to his college sweetheart Denise for fourteen years.  Their children, Olivia, Diego, Esai and baby Elena, the newest member of the Rosado family (at a whopping 3 ½ weeks old) are their pride and joy.  Dave enjoys basketball, running and the outdoors.   Chief Rosado and his family will be relocating to a new home in Hartford!

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