Middletown Police - Chief Anthony M. Pesare
Chief Anthony M. Pesare assumed command of the Middletown Police Department on August 30, 2004. Prior to joining the Middletown Police Department, he served as Dean of the School of Justice Studies at Roger Williams University.
During his tenure as Chief of Police the department has adopted a philosophy of proactive law enforcement and community involvement. The department has earned advanced national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and state accreditation from the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission (RIPAC). In 2014 the department received an award from the New England Association of Chiefs of Police for its Community Policing program.
Chief Pesare was a member of the Rhode Island State Police and served the department for twenty-four years. During his career with the State Police, Chief Pesare served initially as a uniform trooper assigned to the Patrol Division and was transferred to the Intelligence Unit where he primarily investigated organized crime activities.
Chief Pesare rose through the ranks of the agency serving as a Detective Sergeant, as a Lieutenant in the capacity of the Assistant Detective Commander and as a Captain in the capacity of Detective Division Commander. As Detective Commander, he established the multi-agency State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force.
He obtained his final rank of Major where he served as second in command of the department and his responsibilities included supervision of the Uniform and Detective divisions and all specialized units. During his career he was the recipient of twenty division commendations, one special division commendation and six commendations from outside agencies.
He has been a frequent presenter on topics related to criminal procedure and
organized crime, and has lectured at the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy, the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University. Chief Pesare is also a certified instructor in the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Mental Health First Aid for the Public Sector.
In 2007, Chief Pesare received the Gerhard Mueller Innovator’s Award from the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences. The Newport County Community Health Center presented him with a Community Service Award in 2008. In 2012, he received the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council’s Robert M. Goodrich Distinguished Public Service Award. In 2017 Chief Pesare was inducted into the Attorney Generals Criminal Justice Hall of Fame
Chief Pesare is a Past President of the RI Police Chief’s Association, Former Chair of the RI Police Officers Standards and Training Commission and Past Chair of the New England State Police Information Network Executive Board.
He received his B.S. degree in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University, his Master of Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island, and his Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Rhode Island as well as the Federal District of Rhode Island.