Rhode Island College - Chief James J. Mendonca

Chief James J. Mendonca began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a correctional officer with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, after separating from active duty with the United States Marine Corps.

In 1990, he was appointed as a patrol officer with the Central Falls Police Department, steadily rising through the ranks, earning numerous awards and gaining invaluable community policing experience along the way.

In recognition of his leadership abilities, on January 10, 2013, he was appointed the sixteenth chief of police for the Central Falls Police Department; assuming command at the onset of an unprecedented municipal bankruptcy.

Due to his guidance, the Central Falls Police Department had become recognized for professional excellence by the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission and by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Chief Mendonca retired from the Central Falls Police Department on April 25, 2019 after nearly 29-years of dedicated service to become the Chief of Campus Police at Rhode Island College.       

The chief holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Excelsior College.

In addition to being a recipient of the Hassenfeld Family Foundation Rhode Island Public Service fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, he is a graduate of the 256th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, and of the 59th session of the Police Executive Research Forum – Senior Management Institute for Police.

Among his many distinguished accomplishments, Chief Mendonca also served as the fifty-fifth President of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association and continues to serve on several boards and committees.    

Chief Mendonca and his wife Jessica are the proud parents of four boys: Colby, Jason, Nicholas and Brody. 

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