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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 vehicles, 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. He has attended the CIA Threat Management School and well as the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar.

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 32 years working in law enforcement.

NBC News report on Colonel O'Donnell's work with the mafia: "Taking Down the Mob: Undercover Cop's Six Years of Risky Business"

Lieutenant Colonel Barry

Deputy Superintendent
Chief of Field Operations

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin M. Barry

Lieutenant Colonel Barry, a twenty-three (23) 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, Detective Bureau, and Administrative Bureau.

Lieutenant Colonel 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. Lieutenant Colonel Barry was the Commandant of the 2013 Rhode Island State Police Training Academy and served as the District "A" Commander. He was the acting Chief of Police/Colonel of the Cranston Police Department from January 2014 to October 2014. He has served as the Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety and Training (DPS) and most recently served as the Commanding Officer of the Rhode Island DPS as Lieutenant Colonel.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Lieutenant Colonel Barry served in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of the 239th Session of the FBI National Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Worcester State University.

Commanding Officer
Department of Public Safety and Training

To Be Appointed

This Lieutenant Colonel serves as the Commanding Officer of the Department of Public Safety and Training. They oversee operations and administrative functions the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy and the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy. They also oversee 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.

Major Wall

Chief Administrative Officer

Major Robert S. Wall

Major Wall is a twenty-four (24) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Chief Administrative Officer. Major Wall 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 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, and the Division's Operations Officer. 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 he served as the District "A" Commander.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Major Wall served in the Rhode Island Army National Guard. He 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.

Major Philbin

Detective Commander

Major Joseph F. Philbin

Major Philbin is a twenty-two (22) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Detective Commander. Major Philbin 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 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, the FBI-Joint Terrorism Task Force, and as the Officer-in-Charge of Major Crimes. Most recently he served as the Director of Training. In addition to Detective Commander, Major Philbin is also the Officer-in-Charge of the Division's Motorcycle Unit.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Major Philbin served 1 year with the East Greenwich Police Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island.

Major Jamieson

Inspectional Services

Major Christopher J. Dicomitis

Major Dicomitis is a nineteen (19) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Major of Inspectional Services. Major Dicomitis 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 Dicomitis 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, he serves at the Division's Community Outreach Officer.

Major Dicomitis' previous assignments include having served at all of the Division's barracks. He was transferred into the Division's Detective Bureau in 2001, where he served in the Major Crimes Unit, the Adult Correctional Institution's State Police Investigative Unit, Officer-in-Charge of the Automobile Theft and Insurance Fraud Unit, and Assistant Detective Commander. He also served as a Field Training Officer and a member of the Crisis Negotiation Unit. Most recently he served as the captain of the Professional Standards Unit.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Major Dicomitis served 14 years with the Warren Police Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Elmira College in New York.

Captain Assumpico

Director of Training

Captain Ann Claire Assumpico

Captain Assumpico is a twenty-four (24) 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 Assumpico is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy and the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy.

Captain Assumpico has served at all of the barracks as a member of the Patrol Bureau. She was a member of the Honor Guard Unit and Night Executive Officer, as well as a former Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Field Training officer, Domestic Violence Instructor and Peer Counselor. For the past 9 years she served in the Planning, Research & Accreditation Unit, most recently as the Unit’s Officer-in-Charge.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain Assumpico served eight (8) years as a Correctional Officer and as the Adult Correctional Institute (ACI)/Academy Self Defense Instructor. She was also a member of the ACI Tactical Team and held the rank of Assistant Squad Leader and was a member of their Extraction Team.

Captain Assumpico also served seven (7) years as a Police Officer for the Town of Coventry where she was a member of the SWAT Team. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University. She previously served as an Adjunct Faculty Member of Salve Regina University.

Captain Fleming

District "A" Commander

Captain Dennis B. Fleming

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

Captain Fleming has, over the course of his career, been assigned to all barracks locations. His previous assignments include Prosecution Officer at the Scituate and Hope Valley Barracks, Assistant Patrol Commander at the Lincoln Woods Barracks, the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs and the Commanding Officer of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force. As a member of the Detective Bureau, he has served in the Intelligence Unit, Area Detectives, the Auto Theft Unit, the Violent Fugitive Task Force, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, as well as a Task Force member with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain Fleming worked at the Suffolk County House of Corrections in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the 263rd Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, V.A. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Norwich University and a Master of Science in Justice Studies from Roger Williams University.

Captain Sanzi

Executive Officer
Department of Public Safety

Captain Timothy G. Sanzi

Captain Sanzi is a twenty-two (22) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Executive Officer for the Department of Public Safety. He manages all administrative functions and operations within the the Rhode Island Capitol Police, Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs, Division of the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal, the E-911 Uniform Emergency Telephone System, and the Public Safety Grants Administration Office.

Captain Sanzi previously served at all of the State Police Patrol Barracks as a uniform Trooper, Instructor to the 2005/2009 State Police Training Academy, Field Training Officer, Night Executive Officer and recently as the acting Division "A" Commander. He was also assigned to the Detective Bureau for twelve (12) years having served in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), the Intelligence Unit, the Violent Fugitive Task Force (VFTF), Major Crimes Unit and Financial Crimes units.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain Sanzi served four (4) years active duty in the United States Marine Corps and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a graduate of the 245th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, V.A. and the 54th Providence Police Training Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science Degree in Justice Studies from Roger Williams University.

Captain Allen

District "B" Commander

Captain John M. Allen

Captain Allen is a nineteen (19) 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 Allen also oversees the Canine Team, Marine Unit, Motorcycle Team, Block Island Detail and the Liaison Officer at T.F. Green Airport.

Captain Allen has served at the Lincoln Woods, Wickford, Portsmouth and Hope Valley Barracks as a member of the Uniform Bureau. His previous assignments include Patrol Commander at the Wickford Barracks, Night Executive Officer, and Assistant Patrol Commander and Prosecution Officer at the Lincoln Woods Barracks.

Captain Allen was an officer of the RI Trooper's Association for 8 years which concluded in 2010 after serving as President.

Captain Moynihan

Assistant Detective Commander

Captain Matthew C. Moynihan

Captain Moynihan is an nineteen (19) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Assistant Detective Commander, second in charge of the Detective Bureau. Captain Moynihan 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, Property Control Officer, Violent Fugitive Task Force, Gaming Enforcement, Charitable Gaming, and Forensic Services Unit, as well as detectives on special assignments and confidential transcribers. He is also responsible for oversight of the investigative units in the absence of the Detective Commander.

Captain Alfred

Cyber Crimes Unit and Fusion Center Commander

Captain John C. Alfred

Captain Alfred is a nineteen (19) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Captain in charge of Cyber Crimes Unit and the State Fusion Center within the Detective Bureau. Captain Alfred is responsible for assisting in managing day-to-day operations of the Division's Computer and Cyber Crimes Unit and Fusion Center Operations. He also oversees the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Cyber Disruption Team.

Over the span of his career Captain Alfred has been assigned to all barracks across the state. As a uniform trooper he served as a member of the Motor Officer Unit, the Honor Guard Unit and most recently served as the Night Executive Officer. His previous detective assignments include the Major Crimes Unit, member and then Officer in Charge of the Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Officer in Charge of the Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud Unit.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain Alfred served as a Barrington Police Officer for nine (9) years and as a Captain and Company Commander of the 115th Military Police Company in the Rhode Island Army National Guard. Captain Alfred is an Encase certified digital forensic examiner and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Providence College, an Associates of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University, and a Certificate in Graduate Studies in Cyber Security and Intelligence from Salve Regina. Captain Alfred anticipates receiving his Master of Science Degree in Administration of Justice and Homeland Security with a concentration in Cyber Security and Intelligence from Salve Regina University in December 2016.

Captain Buonaiuto

Professional Standards

Captain Kenneth S. Buonaiuto

Captain Buonaiuto is a nineteen (19) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and 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 Buonaiuto's previous assignments include having served at all of the Division's barracks. He was transferred into the Division's Detective Bureau in 2010, where he served as a member of the Major Crimes Unit and the Financial Crimes Unit. He also served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Use of Force/Defensive Tactics Instructor Team and was an Assistant Firing Range Officer. Most recently he served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Major Crimes Unit.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain Buonaiuto served 3 years with the West Warwick Police Department. He holds a Master of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University.