Assistant Chief Cuozzo is a lifelong Orange Resident and 27 year police officer with the Orange Police Department. Formerly a Lieutenant assigned to Administration, he has held assignments as the ISU commander, Patrol Commander, Patrol Sergeant, Youth Officer, Statewide Narcotics Task Force and Patrol Officer. Asst. Chief Cuozzo was the Department’s first D.A.R.E. officer and developed many of the community programs still in use today during his seven year tenure as Youth / Community Relations Officer. He had been the commander of the Department’s Honor Guard since 2006.
Asst. Chief Cuozzo is a P.O.S.T. certified instructor in several areas and most notably co-wrote the P.O.S.T. curriculum for "Response to an Active Shooter" and "Patrol Rifle Instructor". He has worked closely with the Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking in the development of undercover sting protocols and has been a featured speaker at their annual conference. He has presented nationwide on the safe use of the internet in the classroom and internet safety.
A 2005 graduate of the FBI National Academy's 220th session, Asst Chief Cuozzo is currently the South Central Region Representative for the Connecticut FBINA Associates.
Asst. Chief Cuozzo holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice/ Minor in Business and a M.A. in Leadership, both from Albertus Magnus College, as well as numerous professional certifications including Accident Reconstruction, National Incident Management System (NIMS) Instructor and Emergency Medical Technician.
Married for 24 years, he and his wife have three children.