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Colonel O'Donnell

Superintendent, Rhode Island State Police
Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell

Colonel O'Donnell began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a correctional officer with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and was assigned to both the Maximum and High Security Facilities. In 1984, Colonel O'Donnell was appointed as a patrolman with the North Kingstown Police Department, and in 1986 he joined the Rhode Island State Police as a Trooper. Below are some of the highlights of Colonel O'Donnell's career with the Division:

  • From 1987 to 1990 he was assigned as a Trooper in the Patrol Bureau where he served at all Division Barracks.
  • In 1990 he was transferred into the Division's Intelligence Unit which was and remains responsible for monitoring, investigating and prosecuting organized crime activities, outlaw motorcycle gangs and terrorism.
  • From 1990 to 1996, Detective O'Donnell worked in an undercover capacity infiltrating the New England Organized Crime (Mafia); namely various factions of the Patriarca Organized Crime Family. These investigations led to hundreds of arrests, seizures of dozens of vehicles, pounds of cocaine, marijuana, various other narcotic drugs and hundreds of thousands of dollars in US currency.
  • In 1995, he was one of ten officers selected nationwide to receive the "Top Cop" award from President William Jefferson Clinton at the White House.
  • In 1996, he was also chosen as "Trooper of the Year" for the nation, and was one of only four Troopers to receive this award, which was presented by Vice President Al Gore at the White House.
  • During his 23 year career with the State Police, he quickly rose through the ranks to the position of Lieutenant Colonel and served as the Deputy Superintendent.
  • In 2007, he was appointed as the Acting Superintendent upon Colonel Steven M. Pare's retirement.
  • In October 2009 he retired from the Division as Lieutenant Colonel / Deputy Superintendent.

On November 5, 2009, he was appointed by President Barack Obama as the United States Marshal for the District of Rhode Island and served in this capacity until May 7, 2011. On May 9, 2011, he was sworn in by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee as the 12th Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and the Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety.

Colonel O'Donnell holds a Master of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from the University of New Haven. He is a graduate of the 2002 / 211th session of the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy in Quantico, V.A. and the FBI's National Executive Institute (NEI). Additionally, he has lectured in the Country of Russia and is a frequent lecturer on organized crime, confidential informants, covert investigations, and numerous other law enforcement topics.

Colonel O'Donnell is an avid lacrosse player and was inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2006. He was named Rhode Island High School Lacrosse Coach of the Year by the United States Lacrosse Association in 2008, 2012 and 2013. Colonel O’Donnell also enjoys engaging with members of the community and working with the Division’s community outreach partners.

Colonel O’Donnell has spent the past 30 years working in law enforcement. He and his wife Holly are the proud parents of three sons, Conor, age 23, Cody, age 21, and Brady, age 19.

NBC News report on Colonel O'Donnell's work with the mafia

Read NBC Investigative Journalist Tom Winter's: "Taking Down the Mob: Undercover Cop's Six Years of Risky Business"

Lieutenant Colonel Catlow

Deputy Superintendent
Chief of Field Operations

Lieutenant Colonel Todd E. Catlow

Lieutenant Colonel Catlow, a twenty-two (22) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police, is the Deputy Superintendent, Chief of Field Operations and second in command of the Rhode Island State Police. He is responsible for overseeing the Division's Patrol Bureau, the Governor's Executive Security Detail, the Fusion Center and Intelligence Unit.

Lieutenant Colonel Catlow's previous assignments include having served in all of the State Police Patrol Barracks and in the Detective Bureau for thirteen (13) years in various capacities, the Division's Officer-in-Charge of the Financial Crimes Unit and Computer Crimes Unit. Most recently he served as the Division's Detective Commander.

Prior to becoming a Rhode Island State Trooper, Lieutenant Colonel Catlow was a member of the North Kingstown Police Department and worked in the field of public accounting. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Taxation, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Bryant University. Lieutenant Colonel Catlow is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Telephone: (401) 444-1002

Lieutenant Colonel Pinch

Commanding Officer
Department of Public Safety and Training

Lieutenant Colonel Karen D. Pinch

Lieutenant Colonel Pinch is a twenty-two (22) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Commanding Officer of the Department of Public Safety. She oversees operations and administrative functions the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy and the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy. She also oversees all agencies within the Department of Public Safety including the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs, the Rhode Island Capitol Police, the E 9-1-1 Uniform Emergency Telephone System, the Division of the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal, the Department of Public Safety Central Management Office, and the Public Safety Grants Administration Office.

Lieutenant Colonel Pinch was previously assigned to all Barracks locations, the Division's Traffic Services/Planning & Research Unit, the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy, the Officer-in-Charge of the Division's Technology and Communications Unit, and Executive Officer/Director of Operations for the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety. Most recently Lieutenant Colonel Pinch served as the Division's Chief Administrative Officer. She is also a certified instructor in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Standardized Child Passenger Safety Certification Course.

Lieutenant Colonel Pinch holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with double majors in Organizational Behavior and Management (Business), and Psychology from Brown University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University.

Telephone: (401) 444-1003

Major Tikoian

Chief Administrative Officer

Major David P. Tikoian

Major Tikoian is a twenty-two (22) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Chief Administrative Officer. Major Tikoian oversees the Traffic Services/Planning and Research Unit, the Technology and Communications Unit, the Fleet/Personnel Officer, Capital Projects, and is responsible for the personnel and fiscal management of the Division. The management of the Rhode Island Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (RILETS) and the connection to the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS) are also his responsibility.

Major Tikoian has previously served at all Division Barracks installations, the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy, as the Detail Leader of the Governor's Executive Security Unit and as the Weekend Officer-In-Charge of the Uniform Bureau. Most recently Major Tikoian served as the Division's Major of Inspectional Services. He currently serves as the President of the Rhode Island State Police Museum Foundation.

Major Tikoian attended and successfully completed the 72nd session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Law Enforcement Executive Seminar in Quantico, V.A. in February of 2013. He holds an Associate in Science Degree in Business Management from the Community College of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Bryant University.

Telephone: (401) 444-1004

NOTE: Captain Robert S. Wall is the acting Chief Administrative Officer.

Major Manni

Inspectional Services

Major James M. Manni

Major Manni is a twenty-four (24) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Major of Inspectional Services. Major Manni is responsible for evaluating the operation of the Division, as well as periodic inspections of facilities, vehicles, equipment, records, personnel and investigative procedures. The Inspectional Services Unit is charged with reviewing current Division-wide operations, practices and policies against mandatory and non-mandatory standards set by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA). Major Manni serves as the Legislative Liaison Officer for the Division working with the Governor's Office, the General Assembly, and other state departments to facilitate legislative initiatives for the Rhode Island State Police and Department of Public Safety. In addition, Major Manni serves at the Division's Community Outreach Officer.

Major Manni has previously served as the Division Liaison Officer to the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, the Division Operations Officer, the Wickford Barracks Patrol Commander, the Division Tactical Team Commander, the Rhode Island Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactical Team Commander, Executive Security Protection Detail and the Division Range Officer. Most recently he served as the District "A" Commander of the Division's Uniform Bureau. In 1991, Major Manni was awarded the Rhode Island State Police Department Service Ribbon, the highest award of the Rhode Island State Police.

Major Manni holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters in Business Administration Degree from Bryant University. Prior to becoming a Rhode Island State Trooper, Major Manni was a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service.

Telephone: (401) 444-1005

Major OBrien

Detective Commander

Major Kevin M. O'Brien

Major O'Brien is a twenty-two (22) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Detective Commander. Major O'Brien is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Division's Detective Bureau, which is comprised of Major Crimes, Auto Theft / Insurance Fraud, Narcotics, Financial Crimes, Intelligence, Fusion Center, Property Control Officer, Violent Fugitive Task Force, Gaming Enforcement, Criminal Identification and Computer Crimes Units. He oversees detectives on special assignments, Confidential Transcribers, and serves on the Witness Protection Board.

Major O'Brien's previous assignments include Officer-in-Charge of the Major Crimes Unit, Commanding Officer of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force (HIDTA), Assistant Supervisor of the HIDTA Task Force, Assistant Patrol Commander of the Lincoln Woods and Hope Valley Barracks and Prosecution Officer for the Wickford Barracks. He has also served in various capacities as a member of the Detective Bureau for thirteen (13) years and has served at all the State Police Patrol Barracks. Most recently he served as the Division's Assistant Detective Commander.

Major O'Brien served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army from 1983 to 1987 and the Rhode Island Army National Guard from 1990 to 1996. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island.

Telephone: (401) 444-1006

Captain Barney

Professional Standards

Captain Benjamin M. Barney

Captain Barney is a twenty-four (24) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police serves as the Officer-In-Charge of the Professional Standards Unit. The Professional Standards Unit is responsible for the investigation of all complaints and allegations made against sworn and civilian members of the Division of State Police.

Captain Barney's previous assignments include having served at all of the Division's barracks, a member of the Narcotics Unit, and Officer-in-Charge of the Adult Correctional Institution's State Police Investigative Unit. Prior to his transfer into the Division's Detective Bureau in 1998, he served as a member of the State Police Tactical Team, was a Field Training Officer and a Domestic Violence Investigations Instructor. Most recently he served as the Assistant Detective Commander.

Captain Barney served in the United States Coast Guard from 1984 to 1989 and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University.

Telephone: (401) 444-1007

Captain Barry

Executive Officer
Department of Public Safety

Captain Kevin M. Barry

Captain Barry is a twenty (20) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Executive Officer/Director of Operations within the Department of Public Safety. Captain Barry is the first line supervisor to the Directors of the agencies within the Department of Public Safety. These agencies include the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs, the Rhode Island Capitol Police, the E 9-1-1 Uniform Emergency Telephone System, the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal, and the Public Safety Grants Administration Office.

Captain Barry has served at all the barracks as a member of the Uniform Bureau. His previous assignments include Prosecution Officer at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and the Night Executive Officer. While assigned to the Detective Bureau, he served in the Intelligence Unit, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was a Patrol/Narcotics Canine Handler, an instructor for 2011 RISP Training Academy, and an officer in the Rhode Island Troopers’ Association for over 10 years. Captain Barry was the Commandant of the 2013 Rhode Island State Police Training Academy and District "B" Commander. Most recently he served as acting Chief of Police/Colonel of the Cranston Police Department.

Captain Barry is a graduate of the 239th Session of the FBI National Academy. Prior to joining the State Police he served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Worcester State University.

Telephone: (401) 444-1008

Captain Wall

District "A" Commander

Captain Robert S. Wall

Captain Wall is a twenty-two (22) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the District "A" Commander. Captain Wall is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the northern area of the Uniform Bureau.

Captain Wall has served at all the barracks as a member of the Uniform Bureau. His previous assignments include Night Executive Officer and Assistant Patrol Commander at both the Scituate and Wickford Barracks. While assigned to the Uniform Bureau, he served as the Officer-In-Charge of the Collision Reconstruction Unit for the past 6 years. He was also a member of the Honor Guard Unit, the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and served as a Field Training Officer. He was an officer in the Rhode Island Troopers’ Association for over 8 years which concluded in 2007 after serving as the President of the Association. Most recently, Captain Wall served as the Division's Operations Officer.

Captain Wall has served over thirty-two (32) years in the Rhode Island Army National Guard and is currently assigned as the Command Sergeant Major of the 118th Military Police Battalion. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Bryant University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University and a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College.

Telephone: (401) 444-1009

NOTE: Lieutenant Timothy J. Sanzi is the acting District "A" Commander.

Captain Jamieson

District "B" Commander

Captain William C. Jamieson

Captain Jamieson is a twenty-two (22) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the District "B" Commander. The District "B" Commander is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the of the southern and East Bay areas of the Uniform Bureau.

Captain Jamieson has served at all barracks locations as a member of the Uniform Bureau. His previous assignments include Weekend Officer-in-Charge, Night Executive Officer, Prosecution Officer for the Hope Valley Barracks, and the Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge of the Exeter Patrol. He also served as a Field Training Officer and Firearms Instructor. Most recently, Captain Jamieson served as the Patrol Commander of the Hope Valley Barracks.

Captain Jamieson served in the United States Marine Corps from 1985 to 1992, attaining the rank of Sergeant.

Telephone: (401) 444-1010

Director of Training

Captain Joseph P. Philbin

Captain Philbin is a twenty (20) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Director of Training for the Rhode Island State Police and the Department of Public Safety. Captain Philbin is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy and the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy.

Captain Philbin has served at all of the barracks. As a member of the Detective Bureau he served in the Intelligence Unit, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, as well as the FBI-Joint Terrorism Task Force. Most recently Captain Philbin served as the Officer-in-Charge of Major Crimes. In addition to Director of Training, Captain Philbin is also the Officer-in-Charge of the Division's Motorcycle Unit.

Captain Philbin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island.

Telephone: (401) 444-1011

Assistant Detective Commander

Captain Christopher J. Dicomitis

Captain Dicomitis is a seventeen (17) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Assistant Detective Commander. Captain Dicomitis serves as the second in charge of the Detective Bureau and is responsible for assisting in managing day to day operations of the Division's Detective Bureau, which is comprised of Major Crimes, Auto Theft / Insurance Fraud, Narcotics, Financial Crimes, Intelligence, Fusion Center, Property Control Officer, Violent Fugitive Task Force, Gaming Enforcement, Criminal Identification and Computer Crimes Units, as well as detectives on special assignments and Confidential Transcribers. Captain Dicomitis is also responsible for oversight of the investigative units in the absence of the Detective Commander.

Telephone: (401) 444-1012