Meet the Command Staff
Assistant Chief Kenny Howell
Kenny Howell began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a police recruit with the New Haven Police Department. During his career with the NHPD, he held various leadership roles, including District Commander and Deputy Patrol Commander. Assistant Chief Howell served the New Haven Police Department for just under 22 years, before retiring in 2013. He was then hired as Chief of Police in the town of Millbury Massachusetts, where he served for approximately 3 years.
Assistant Chief Howell was sworn-in as a member of the Hartford Police Department on December 21, 2021. He currently oversees Operations, Administration and Professional Standards.
Deputy Chief Dustin Rendock
Dustin Rendock began his career with the Hartford Police Department as a police recruit in 1994 and graduated top of his class from the Hartford Police Academy the same year. Dustin has held various line and leadership roles in field operations, investigative, and administrative bureaus and divisions throughout his career with the Department. He currently commands the Department’s Professional Standards Bureau and serves on the CRCOG Capital Region Emergency Planning Council and Connecticut DESPP DEMHS Homeland Security Working Group.
Deputy Chief Sonia Watson
On April 2, 2018, Sonia Watson became the only female Deputy Chief. As such, she became Deputy Chief of the Community Services Bureau then transitioned to the Chief of Administrative and Support Services.
Watson started her career in 2003 as a patrolman after graduating from the Hartford Police Academy in 2002. She became a detective in 2007 and was assigned to the then named Juvenile Investigation Division (now Special Investigation Division). She was promoted to a sergeant in 2008, and worked in internal affairs for several years. In 2014, she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and became the commander of SID, before the current appointment to deputy chief.
Captain Gabriel Laureano
Gabriel Laureano joined in the Hartford Police Department in 2003. He began his career as an Officer in Patrol where he served for four years. In 2007, he was promoted to detective and was assigned to the VIN Division where he worked with the FBI and DEA. He was promoted to sergeant in 2009, where he worked in patrol, internal affairs, and conditions. He then was promoted to lieutenant in 2014, where he worked as the watch commander in patrol, the south district commander, and the commander of the traffic division. Laureano was promoted to Captain in 2018 and currently Commands the South Community Serve Bureau.
Captain Michael Coates
Michael Coates joined the Hartford Police Department in 2003. He served as an officer until 2007, when he was promoted to detective and assigned to the Major Crimes Division. In 2008, Coates was promoted to the rank of sergeant, and spent the next six years working in the Patrol Division, Street Crimes Unit, and Vice and Narcotics Division. In 2014, Coates was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and was assigned as the commander of the Internal Affairs Division. He spent over three years in the Internal Affairs Division before being assigned as the commander of the Vice, Intelligence, and Narcotics Division. In 2018, Coates was promoted to the rank of Captain, and he is currently assigned as the commander Headquarters and HPD special teams (ERT, DIVE, Marine, Honor Guard and Hostage, street crimes
Captain Ian Powell
Ian Powell was born and raised in Hartford. He graduated the Hartford Police Academy in 2002 and has served as an officer in patrol, was promoted to sergeant in 2008, and then to lieutenant 2015. Powell was promoted to captain in 2018. As captain, he was assigned the Professional Standards Bureau, which includes Planning and Accreditation, the Police Academy, Recruitment, and Internal Affairs. He currently is assigned to the North Community Services Bureau, overseeing operations in the entire North District.
Captain Jeffrey Rousseau
Jeffrey Rousseau currently serves the Hartford Police Department as the Commander of the Administrative and Support Services Divisions and serves as the Department Advocate. Rousseau was sworn in as a police officer with the Hartford Police Department in 2003. In 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the Patrol Division as a supervisor; he was later assigned to the Police Academy as a supervisor and an instructor. Rousseau was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2014 and was assigned as the Commander of the Detention Division, Court Division, and Property Control Division. In 2018, he was promoted to his current rank of Captain. Rousseau is currently the commander of the Investigative Services Bureau.