Office of the Chief & Deputy Chief

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About the Chief.


Chief Thomas E. Kulhawik was appointed Chief of the Norwalk Police Department on July 11, 2012. He has served with the Norwalk Police Department since 1983, beginning his career as a patrol officer. Chief Kulhawik was promoted to Detective in 1987, Sergeant in 1995, Lieutenant in 2000, and Deputy Chief in 2007. He has worked in all aspects of the department including patrol, narcotics, general investigations, and community policing. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. He has also completed PERF's Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University. He may be reached at or 203-854-3001.

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Chief Kulhawik is Treasurer of the Norwalk PAL and an Advisory Board Member of the Norwalk Police Explorer Post which he helped establish. He is a member of the Connecticut Inter-Local Risk Management Agency Law Enforcement Sub-Committee, Norwalk representative of the Southwest Regional Communication Center Advisory Board, and chairman of the Connecticut Police Chief's Association Survival Benefits Committee. He is an assessor and Team Leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, as well as current President of the Connecticut Police Accreditation Coalition. He is a member of the Post Officer Standards & Training Council and Accreditation Committee Chairman and a member of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission.

About the Deputy Chief of Operations


Deputy Chief James Walsh was promoted to his position on June 28th, 2018. He has served with the Norwalk Police Department since 1988.  He was promoted top the rank of Detective in December 1999, Sergeant in November 2001 and to Lieutenant in July 2012. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Sacred Heart University.

Deputy Chief Walsh began his career as a patrol officer working in a variety of capacities including Community Policing, Mountain Bike Patrol and the Marine Division. He served as a member of the Emergency Service Unit and Honor Guard for over 25 years. After being promoted to Sergeant he served in the Detective Division and the Patrol Division,. Upon his promotion to Lieutenant, he served as a Patrol Platoon Commander, the Commander and the Commander of the Special Services Division which is responsible for the investigation of Narcotics and organized Crime.

Deputy Chief Walsh is responsible for the operational functions of the department, which includes, Patrol, Detective Division, Special Services, Special Victims Unit, Traffic Unit and Community Policing.  Services.

The Deputy Chief can be reached at jwalsh@norwalkct.org or at (203) 854-3002.

About the Deputy Chief of Administration



Deputy Susan Zecca was promoted to her position on March 22, 2013. She served with the Norwalk Police Department since 1988. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and Lieutenant in 2011. She has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety Administration from Charter Oak State College.  She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 263.  She is the President of the Norwalk Police Activities League, Inc, and the Secretary for CONNPAC (Connecticut Police Accreditation Coalition).

Deputy Chief Zecca began her career as a patrol officer, working in a variety of capacities including the Special Services Division and Community Policing. She transferred to Professional Standards in 2007, working on the department's accreditation. After being promoted to Sergeant she served as the department's Accreditation Manager, and was subsequently promoted to lieutenant where she was responsible for Planning & Research, Grants, Internal Affairs and Accreditation.  Most recently she was in charge of Operations for the department.

Deputy Chief Zecca is responsible for the administrative functions of the department, which includes; Professional Standards and Accreditation, Training & Recruitment, Community Services, Budget, Purchasing, Payroll, Extra Work, Combined Dispatch Center and Headquarters and Fleet Management.

The Deputy Chief can be reached at szecca@norwalkct.org or at (203) 854-3053.