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RI Police Will Have Expedited Coronavirus Testing

May 08, 2020

The Police Chiefs' Association Executive Director, Sidney Wordell, said Friday it is in many thanks to Ocean State Healthcare. Wordell said police have been struggling to get priority testing in Rhode Island. He said some departments had to send officers to neighboring Massachusetts for rapid testing. The new partnership with Ocean State Healthcare will allow police officers to get tested as soon as they start seeing symptoms.

St. Patrick's Day press event regarding impaired driving

March 13, 2020

Warwick Police Department hosted a St. Patrick’s Day press event regarding impaired driving. RIPCA President spoke at the event and reassured Rhode Islanders that local and state police will be on the roads enforcing safe and sober driving. 

YOUTH FORCE - AAA Northeast Traffic Safety Hero Award 2019

November 18, 2019

AAA Northeast recently recognized two extraordinary individuals who have had an impact on traffic safety in Rhode Island, advocating against the dangers of drunk driving at our annual Rhode Island Traffic Safety Awards Luncheon. Congratulations to Rebecca Bowman White of RIPCA Youth Force and Cathy Andreozzi, of the Tori Lynn Andreozzi Foundation for all their hand work within the community. Well-deserved!

RIPCA Press Event - Impaired Driving During The Holidays

November 27, 2019

The Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association will be sponsoring a press conference before the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend to continue the awareness of impaired driving. The RI Police Chiefs’ Association partnered with The RI Department of Transportation / Office of Highway Safety, AAA of Rhode Island, NHTSA and RI Police Chiefs Association YOUTH FORCE at the press conference to provide educational material, statistics and discuss statewide efforts to make sure every “turkey” makes it to Thanksgiving dinner!

New support for police, firefighters following suicides

October 08, 2019

As the NBC 10 I-Team first reported, at least six Rhode Island firefighters have died from suicide this year — and the crisis involves local police officers, too. Chief Sid Wordell, Executive Director of the state Police Chief's Association, told NBC 10 that at least one Rhode Island police officer has taken his own life this year, and the most recent suicide wasn’t the first.

NEACOP 2019 Chiefs' Valor Award Recipient - Brian Goetz

September 27, 2019

The New England Association of Chiefs' of Police (NEACOP) recognize a police officer each year that voluntarily distinguishes him or herself by extraordinary heroism. This year Patrolman Brian Goetz of the West Warwick, RI Police Department was awarded the 2019 Police Medal of Valor. Ptlm. Goetz located an apartment engulfed in flames and immediately notified headquarters. Disregarding his own safety, he entered the building and began evacuating the tenants. The actions taken by Ptlm. Goetz resulted in the prevention of the loss of life. 

2019 RIPCA YOUTH FORCE - Traffic Safety & Leadership Summit

August 09, 2019

The Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association held its first every YOUTH FORCE Summit at Roger Williams University, August 6-9. The goal of the summit was for Rhode Island high school students to be educated and empowered about all traffic safety concerns. Each school that attended created an action plan that they will then take back to their schools and communities to implement during the upcoming school year. We had over 90 students and 20+ high schools from across RI participate and it was a huge success. The students are Leading By Example and helping to keep Rhode Island roads safe for everyone.

RI Chiefs Association: Police departments struggling to recruit

May 31, 2019

The executive director of the R.I. Police Chiefs' Association said thinner benefits and more public scrutiny on law enforcement has made it harder for departments to recruit and retain officers.

RIPCA and The RI Special Olympics

May 21, 2019

RIPCA President, Chief Sullivan presents a check to Executive Director Dennis DeJesus of RI Special Olympics.

The Guardian Games - All 3 Academys Complete Together

May 20, 2019

For the first time ever the Providence Police Academy, Municipal Police Academy and State Police Academy came together in a friendly competition called The Guardian Games. The main objective of The Guardian Games was for all the cadets to meet one another and to learn the importance of teamwork. 

Junior Achievement RI

April 17, 2019

Thank you Junior Achievement RI for inviting Colonel Clements, Captain Lanni and PFD Captain Kenyon to be a part of JA Leaders Day at George J. West Elementary School!

‘Every crime has a victim,’ so R.I. honors 5 who help them

April 10, 2019

At a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week event at Memorial Park on Wednesday, criminal justice officials from around the state recognized individuals for their work supporting victims of crime. “There are so many people that work so hard to make sure that the victims’ voices are not only heard but never forgotten,” said Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré, ” ... Every crime has a victim, and those are the people that suffer for life.”

RIPCA All Chiefs' Meeting

March 19, 2019

The Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Associations All Chiefs' meeting was well attended on March 19 at the RI State Police Headquarters. 

Senate committee unanimously confirms Manni to head RISP

February 26, 2019

The Rhode Island State Police are one step closer to having a new leader. Former Maj. James Manni was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon. Manni, who most recently was the town manager in Narragansett, was lauded by character witnesses. Six different witnesses came forward to praise Manni, who spent 30 years in law enforcement before retiring from the state police in 2015.

RIPCA Press Release Regarding the Governor Announcing Recreational Marijuana in Her Upcoming Budget Proposal.

January 14, 2019

The Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association press release regarding the Governors proposal to legalize marijuana in Rhode Island. Written by the Executive Director of the RIPCA, Chief Sidney Wordell, Ret. 





State police chiefs want to consult on governor’s proposal for legal marijuana

January 14, 2019

Rhode Island police chiefs want to be consulted if the state moves ahead with legalizing recreational marijuana use and want more resources invested to deal with increased use of the drug.

Those are the main takeaways from a Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association statement released Monday on Gov. Gina Raimondo’s announcement that she will propose legalization in her upcoming state budget proposal.

Gov's recreational marijuana plan would prohibit home-growing, regulate edibles

January 14, 2019

Raimondo announced Sunday she would be including recreational marijuana in her upcoming budget proposal, set to be released Thursday, citing the implementation of retail cannabis in neighboring states including Massachusetts.

Police urge drivers to drink responsibly, especially during holidays

December 22, 2018

As president of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs'​ Association, Colonel James Mendonca was asked to join a group of state and local officials, AAA Northeast and Mothers Against Drunk Driving in a press conference promoting holiday travel safety. The goal, ultimately, to reduce the instances of drunk, drugged and distracted driving

2018 RIPCA Community Policing Awards

December 17, 2019

The 2018 Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association Community Policing Award was presented to Detective Anthony Roberson – Providence Police Department and Officer Aires “AJ” Medeiros – Coventry Police Department in recognition of their efforts to engage in significant problem-solving activities, the creation of productive community partnerships, and implementing community policing programs and initiatives that have built and enhanced trust within the community their both serve.

Kids, Cops & Christmas 2018

December 13, 2018

Kids, Cops & Christmas was a tremendous success, collecting record numbers of toys. Colonel James Mendonca, distributed toys to children and presented checks to charitable organizations on behalf of R.I. Police Chiefs’ Association.  The holiday season can be joyous, yet can be extremely difficult as well financially for many families. This event – now in its 11th year – is a way that members of law enforcement, and the business community, can unite in a common goal to make Christmas a little merrier and brighter than it might have been for many a child if not for the generosity and devotion of all those involved.

Police plan increased presence on roads for holiday weekend

November 21, 2018

The Rhode Island State Police and Providence police say they’ll increase patrols around Thanksgiving to enforce laws and ensure safety. To spread the message about the dangers of impaired driving, Assumpico and other public safety and transportation officials held a press conference Wednesday morning on the Route 95 overpass on Westminster Street. Also attending were Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré; Providence Police Colonel Hugh T. Clements Jr.; Peter Alviti Jr., director of Rhode Island Department of Transportation; and Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs, AAA Northeast.

RIPCA 2018 Tech Expo

November 08, 2018

The 2018 RIPCA Tech Expo was a wonderful success. Over 50 different law-enforcement venders participated at the event.

Coventry PD Breaks Ground for New Police Department

October 25, 2018

Introducing RIPCA YOUTH FORCE Leadership Program at Teen Summit

October 24, 2018

AAA hosted a wonderful program at the Crown Plaza called, Rhode Island Teen Safety Summit.

Sydney Wordell and Rebecca White, of the RIPCA, were grateful to be given the opportunity to introduce YOUTH FORCE to the over 20 RI high schools in attendance. RIPCA's YOUTH FORCE is a brand new youth leadership program that is starting in RI. For more on YOUTH FORCE click the link below.

RIPCA Records Managment System CAD Demonstration by Tyler Technologies

October 18, 2018

The Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association hosted a presentation, given by Tyler Technologies, of their new Records Management System. 

Justice Assistance 37th Annual Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Awards

October 01, 2018

The annual Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Awards honor Rhode Island citizens who exemplify - through professional performance and personal demeanor - the standards which Justice Assistance applies to itself. Here are the 2018 honored recipients:

Joseph C. Cardin - Superintendent (Ret.) Rhode Island Training School

Michael A. DiLauro - Assistant Public Defender Office of the Rhode Island Public Defender

William J. Murphy - Attorney-At-Law Murphy & Fay, LLP

Anthony M. Pesare - Chief Middletown Police Department

Judith Colenback Savage - Associate Justice (Ret.) Rhode Island Superior Court

A.T. Wall - Director (Ret.) Rhode Island Department of Corrections

'Donut Boy' visits Rhode Island and the RIPCA Golf Tournament

September 24, 2018

10–year–old Tyler Carach, better known as 'Donut Boy' visits his 40th state -- the Ocean State -- and thanks officers for their service with free donuts and thank-you notes. 

16th Annual RIPCA Golf Tournament

September 24, 2018

The RIPCA Annual Charity Golf Classic began in 2002 and has become one of our biggest fundraisers over the years. Thank you to all who attended in 2018 and for the many vendors and their support. To see more photos click here

2018 RIPCA Scholarship Award Recipients

September 19, 2018

The RIPCA was honored to award 5 Rhode Island high school students each with a $2,000 scholarship. The 2018 RIPCA Scholarship Award Recipients are: Abrielle Remick, Caroline Feeley, Jennifer Imbriglio, Abigail Rose Agnew and Sarah Rose Grassel. Congratulations and good luck on future endeavors.

Kid Cops and Classroom Event

August 28, 2018

This year's #KidsCopsAndClassrooms event – the 10th of its kind – collected backpacks and school supplies for hundreds of RI students. In addition to the organized collections by federal, state and local law enforcement, the RI Police Chiefs’ Association – under the leadership of Col. James Mendonca – made financial contributions to Crossroads Rhode Island and Children's Friend for school supplies

Police chiefs discuss one month of hands free law on State of Mind

August 07, 2018

Colonel James Mendonca and Ret. Chief Sid Wordell joined Dan Yorke State of Mind to discuss one month of enforcing hands free law and red flag legislation.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

July 24, 2018

Members of the Michaelson family joined Attorney General Peter Kilmartin at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Attorney General Julius C. Michaelson Customer Service Center.  Pictured Left to Right: Mark Michaelson, Rita Michaelson, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Jeffrey Michaelson, former RI Attorney General Dennis Roberts, Central Falls Police Colonel and President of the RI Police Chiefs Association James Mendonca, former Massachusetts Attorney General Francis Bellotti, US Attorney Stephen Dambruch, and former Attorney General Patrick Lynch

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Highlights Rhode Island Police

May 16, 2018

This past May during National Police Week, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse wrote in the Congressional Record about the men and women of Rhode Island's local and State police. 

"I am especially grateful for the men and women of Rhode Island's local and State police who put their lives on the line every day to keep our families safe. As a former U.S. Attorney and State attorney general, I have worked closely with some of Rhode Island's finest police officers, and I believe they are among the best in the country." 

Scholarship for Law Day Essay Contest Winner, Allison McCadden

June 11, 2018

Colonel James Mendonca presented a scholarship check on behalf of the RI Police Chiefs’ Association to the recipient of this year’s #LawDay essay award contest winner Allison McCadden. Pictured far left is Ret. Supreme Court Justice Francis Darrigan – whom the award is named – and to the far right, Supreme Court Justice Gilbert Indeglia, the chair of the Law Day Committee

The RIPCA Becomes a Sponsor of the Veterans Program

March 01, 2018

The RIPCA has become a sponsor of the Veterans Program initiated by the Greater Providence YMCA. It has been designed to develop a continuous funding stream in support of Veterans who need financial assistance in order to join an organization such as the YMCA. 

Officer Paul Hanrahan Received the RIPCA Community Policing Award

December 13, 2017

​The RIPCA COMMUNITY POLICING AWARD is given every year. The award states...In recognition for your efforts to engage in significant problem solving activities, the creation of productive community partnerships and implementing community policing programs and initiatives that have built and enhanced trust within the community you serve. Congratulations to Officer Paul Hanrahan for a job well done.

Central Falls Police Dept. Received the RIPCA Community Policing Award

December 13, 2017

The RIPCA COMMUNITY POLICING AWARD is given every year. The award states...In recognition for your efforts to engage in significant problem solving activities, the creation of productive community partnerships and implementing community policing programs and initiatives that have built and enhanced trust within the community you serve. Congratulations to the Central Falls Police Department for a job well done.

IACP National Conference 2018

January 01, 2020

Join us in Orlando October 6-9, 2018 for the 125th IACP Annual Conference and Exposition

Since 1893, the IACP has been shaping the law enforcement profession. The IACP Annual Conference and Exposition has been the foundation, providing leaders with new strategies, techniques, and resources they need to successfully navigate the evolving policing environment.

RIPCA Donates to The Fogarty Center

December 26, 2017

The RIPCA we happy to donate $1,222 to The Fogarty Center this past December, 2017. 

The Fogarty Center's mission is to empower people to improve the quality of their lives.

We support each individual to make choices, to build community connections and relationships, and to improve their status and skills. We realize that people are the authorities of their own lives and our role is to work together as they achieve their dreams and desires.

2017 RIPCA Awards Night

January 01, 2018

This night is to celebrate and recognize the communities and individuals who help keep our roadways and state safe. This year Central Falls and URI were both recognized....

National Tech Confrenece 2017

October 21, 2017

Members of the RIPCA attended the 2017 National Tech Conference this past October.

State Wide Agility for Law Enforcement

January 03, 2018

The RIPCA has been working to try and get the Rhode Island police agility testing into one state wide test. To prevent applicants from taking the agility testing multiple times.

Police Chiefs Association presents $10K donation to Autism Project

March 03, 2016

Add The Autism Project to the list of non-profit agencies that the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association is “very, very proud to support,” Johnston Chief Richard S. Tamburini announced last Thursday morning.

Bearing a white envelope that contained a check for $1,000, Tamburini presented Executive Director Joanna Quinn with what he later called a “special and important donation” at The Autism Project’s headquarters in Johnston.

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