Colonel Darnell S. Weaver

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

Colonel Darnell S. Weaver

Colonel Weaver, a 28-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police, serves as the Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Field Operations. Colonel Weaver oversees and is responsible for the Patrol Bureau, Detective Bureau, Division specialty units, Administrative Bureau, and Department of Public Safety. The Patrol Bureau includes the District “A” and District “B” Patrols, as well as Emergency Response and Service Units, and Governor’s Executive Security Detail. The Detective Bureau includes Cyber Crimes/Fusion Center/JCTF, Narcotics/High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), Violent Fugitive Task Force (VFTF), Gaming Enforcement, Special Victims Unit, and other specialized investigative units. The Administrative Bureau includes the Central Management Office, Management Information Systems, Fleet/Supply, Technology and Communications, NCIC/RILETS, and Capital Project Unit. The Department of Public Safety includes the Capitol Police, Division of Sheriffs, E-911 Uniform Emergency Telephone Systems and personnel, Public Safety Grants Administration Office, Division Training Academy, and Municipal Training Academy.

Colonel Weaver served at all barracks as a member of the Uniform Bureau. His previous assignments include Night Executive Officer and Assistant Patrol Commander of both Hope Valley and Wickford Barracks. He was a member of the Honor Guard Unit and served as a Field Training Officer as well as the District “A” Commander. He was the officer-in-charge of the State Police Training Academy and Commandant of the 2016 Rhode Island State Police Recruit Training Academy class. He later served as the Director of Training and oversaw the daily operations of the Division Training Academy, and Municipal Training Academy. Most recently, he was the Uniform Bureau Commander and was responsible for uniform troopers throughout Rhode Island.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Colonel Weaver served in the United States Marine Corps.

Major Dennis B. Fleming

Department of Public Safety Commander

Major Dennis B. Fleming

Major Fleming, a 27-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police, serves as the Commanding Officer of the Department of Public Safety and Training. Major Fleming oversees all aspects of Department of Public Safety including the Capitol Police, Division of Sheriffs, E-911 Uniform Emergency Telephone System and Personnel, Public Safety Grants Administration Office, as well as the Commanding Officer of Training for Rhode Island State Police which initiates and administers academy classes; oversight of all RISP training requirements.

Major Fleming has been assigned to all barracks locations as a member of the Uniform Bureau. Prosecution Officer, Assistant Patrol Commander, and Sergeant with the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs. He was assigned to the Detective Bureau in 2000, where he served in the Intelligence Unit, Area Detectives, Auto Theft Unit, Violent Fugitive Task Force (VFTF), as the Officer-in-Charge of the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), a member of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Task Force and as the Division's District "A" Commander. He previously served as the Officer in Charge of the Professional Standards Unit and Detective Commander.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Major 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. 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.

Major Laurie Ludovici

Administrative Bureau Commander

Major Laurie Ludovici

Major Ludovici, a 24-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Commander in charge of the Administrative Bureau, which includes the Central Management Office, Management Information Systems, Fleet/Supply, Technology and Communications, NCIC/RILETS, and Capitol Project Unit. Major Ludovici is also responsible for evaluating current Division-wide operations, as well as periodic inspections of facilities, vehicles, equipment, records, personal and investigative procedures, practices and policies against mandatory and non-mandatory standards set by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

In addition, Major Ludovici represents the Division on the Rhode Island SafeKids Advisory Board and the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission and previously served a three-year term as the Public Safety Law Enforcement Representative on the National Child Passenger Safety Board.

Major Ludovici has served at the Hope Valley, Lincoln, Wickford and Portsmouth Barracks as a member of the Uniform Bureau, as the Division Property Officer as a member of the Detective Bureau and as the Officer in Charge of Planning, Research & Accreditation Unit in the Administrative Bureau. Major Ludovici served in the Rhode Island Army National Guard, retiring after 20 years, as a senior Army Aviator holding the rank of Major. In 2005 she deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

She holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Strategic Planning from Boston University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Roger Williams University and is a graduate of the 269th Session of the FBI National Academy.

Major John M. Allen

Uniform Bureau Commander

Major John M. Allen

Major John Allen serves as the Uniform Bureau Commander and is responsible for the operations of the Uniform Bureau throughout Rhode Island.

Major 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, Prosecution Officer at the Lincoln Woods Barracks, District “A” and District "B" Commander. He also served as the Executive Officer of the Department of Public Safety. Major Allen is a member of the Rhode Island State Police Recruit Training Academy class of 1997 and is a graduate of 277th session of the FBI National Academy.

Major Allen was an officer of the RI Troopers Association for eight years and served as President.

Major Robert A. Creamer

Detective Bureau Commander

Major Robert A. Creamer

Major Creamer, a graduate of the 1997 recruit class, serves as the Division Detective Commander. He is responsible for the overall operations, management and planning of the Detective Bureau including the Major Crimes Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Intelligence Unit, Forensic Sciences Unit, Special Victims Unit, Division’s Cyber/Computer Crimes Unit, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), Narcotics / High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), the Violent Fugitive Task Force (VFTF) and Gaming Enforcement. Major Creamer is also overseeing the Joint Cyber Task Force (JCTF), which is a public and private partnership of cyber professionals, and he is responsible for the Statewide Witness Protection Coordinator Program.

In the Uniform Bureau, Major Creamer was assigned to the Lincoln, Hope Valley, and Wickford Barracks and served as a Field Training Officer. He was transferred to the Detective Bureau in 2009 where he was assigned to the Financial Crimes Unit. As a member of the Detective Bureau, Major Creamer served in the Financial Crimes Unit, Intelligence Unit, and the Major Crimes Unit where his last assignment was as Officer-In-Charge, also managing the Auto Theft/Insurance Fraud Unit, the Sex Offenders Registration Notification Unit, and the Adult Correctional Institution’s State Police Investigative Unit. Major Creamer is a member of and oversees the Rhode Island State Police Crisis Negotiation Unit, the Critical Incident Stress Management/Peer Support Team, and the Emergency Vehicle Operation Course Team (EVOC). He is a member of the FBI Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Task Force and was an officer of the RI Troopers Association for four years.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Major Creamer was an accountant with American Power Conversion, West Kingston, RI. Major Creamer is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Rhode Island. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Bryant University, a Professional Science Master's Degree in Cyber Security from the University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Providence College. Major Creamer is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Leadership as well as the 279th Session of the FBI National Academy.

Captain Kenneth S. Buonaiuto

Professional Standards Unit

Captain Kenneth S. Buonaiuto

Captain Buonaiuto, a 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 investigating all complaints and allegations made against sworn and civilian members of the State Police.

Captain Buonaiuto has 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 Financial Crimes Unit and the Officer-in-Charge of the Major 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 Executive Administrative Officer, overseeing the Central Management Office, Management Information Systems, the Division’s Fleet and Supply Operations, Technology and Communications, NCIC/RILETS and Capitol Projects.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain Buonaiuto served three 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.

Captain Kenneth M. Moriarty

Assistant Detective Commander

Captain Kenneth M. Moriarty

Captain Moriarty, a 24-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police, serves as Assistant Detective Commander. He oversees the Division’s Narcotics / High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), Cyber Crimes Unit, The Violent Fugitive Task Force (VFTF), and Gaming Enforcement. Captain Moriarty is also assigned to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-Office of Criminal Investigations (F DA-OCI) Task Force.

Captain Moriarty has served at all the Division Barracks and T.F. Green Airport as a member of the Uniform Bureau. In 2011, he joined the Detective Bureau where he served as a member of the Major Crimes Unit, FBI Human Trafficking and Exploitation Task Force and FDA-OCI Task Force. Captain Moriarty also served on the Division Tactical Team for fourteen years, as well as the Division Honor Guard.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain Moriarty served in the Rhode Island National Guard as an Army Aviator and retired after serving twenty-three years as a pilot-in-command of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. A veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, Captain Moriarty served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island.

Captain Kenneth D. Jones

Community, Diversity & Equity Unit

Captain Kenneth D. Jones

Captain Jones, a 24-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police serves as the Officer in charge of the Community, Diversity and Equity Unit. For fourteen years he was a member of the Uniform Bureau, serving at all barracks locations. He was a staff member at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy and the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy for six years. He has also served on the Tactical Team. He has also been assigned as the Night Executive Officer, Weekend Officer-in-Charge and Patrol Commander of the Lincoln Woods Barracks. Before becoming a member of the Rhode Island State Police, he served in the United States Marine Corps for twelve years.

Captain Ernest P. McKenney

District “B” Commander

Captain Ernest P. McKenney

Captain McKenney, a 27-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police, serves as the District “B” Commander. The District “B” Commander is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Uniform Bureau in the southern areas of Rhode Island. Captain McKenney is also the Motorcycle Unit Commander and is responsible for overseeing Operations, TF Green Airport, K-9 Unit, Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal, Commercial Enforcement Unit, Honor Guard, and the Crisis Negotiation Unit.

Captain McKenney has served at the Scituate Barracks, Lincoln Woods Barracks, Wickford Barracks, Hope Valley Barracks, and the Commercial Enforcement Unit as a member of the Uniform Bureau. His previous assignments include, Patrol Commander of the Wickford and Hope Valley Barracks, Operation Officer/TF Green Airport Liaison Officer, Statewide Night Executive officer.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain McKenney served on the Coventry Police, West Warwick Police, and the Department of Defense Police. He is also a United States Army Veteran with the Rhode Island National Guard for eleven years and previously served with the 169th Military Police Company, the 1/126th Aviation Battalion and Company A 2/19th Special Forces Group. Captain McKenney is also a graduate from the Rhode Island Community College and holds a degree in Business Administration/Law Enforcement.

Captain David T. Bassignani

District “A” Commander

Captain David T. Bassignani

Captain Bassignani, a 24-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police, serves as the District “A” Commander. The District “A” Commander is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Uniform Bureau in the northern areas of Rhode Island. He also oversees the Emergency Response Units, including: the Public Order Platoon, Marine Unit, and the Dive Team.

Captain Bassignani has served at the Lincoln, Wickford, and Hope Valley Barracks as a member of the Uniform Bureau. His previous assignments include Night Executive Officer, Patrol Commander at the Wickford, Scituate, and Lincoln Barracks. Captain Bassignani served on the Tactical Team for sixteen years. Six of those as the Tactical Team Commander and Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactical Team Commander. He also served on the Dive Team for twelve years, two of them as the Assistant Dive Team Commander.

Captain Bassignani holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with a Criminal Justice concentration from Central Connecticut State University.

Captain Peter Chabot

Assistant Detective Commander

Captain Peter Chabot

Captain Peter Chabot, a 24-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police, serves as the Assistant Detective Commander. He is responsible for managing the Division’s Major Crimes Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit, Intelligence Unit, Auto Theft Unit, Adult Correctional Institution Investigative Unit, Department of Motor Vehicles Investigative Unit, Property Unit, Rhode Island Sex Offender Registration Notification Unit, Forensic Services Unit, and the Fusion Center.

In the Uniform Bureau, Captain Chabot was assigned to the Lincoln Woods, Hope Valley, Portsmouth, and Wickford Barracks as well as Executive Security Detail on a part time basis. He was transferred to the Detective Bureau in 2007 where he was assigned to the Intelligence Unit and placed on assignment with the Providence Police Gang Unit / FBI Safe Streets Task Force. As a member of the Detective Bureau, Captain Chabot served in the Intelligence Unit, Major Crimes Unit, HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Unit, DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), VFTF (Violent Fugitive Task Force) and the Fusion Center. In addition, Captain Chabot oversees the Emergency Vehicle Operation Team and has instructed in an academy setting and at in-service training, Street Gangs, Narcotics Investigations, Interview and Interrogation, Officer- Involved Shooting Investigations, and domestic violence / sexual assault.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain Chabot served seven years on the Narragansett Police Department where he was a K-9 officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Roger Williams University and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Champlain College.

Captain Ronald Longolucco

Administrative Officer

Captain Ronald Longolucco

Captain Longolucco, a 24-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police, serves in the Administrative Bureau as the Division Administrative Officer.  Captain Longolucco oversees the Central Management Office, Technology & Communications, Management Information Systems, NCIC/RILETS, Supply/Fleet Operations, and Capitol Projects.  He was also appointed to the Statewide Records Management System Board of Advisors.      

While assigned to the Uniform Bureau, Captain Longolucco served at the Hope Valley, Wickford, Chepachet (Scituate), and Lincoln Woods Barracks.  Additional assignments included the Exeter Resident Trooper Program, Commercial Enforcement Unit, Firearms Training Unit as an instructor/armorer, TASER instructor, and approximately twelve years in the Canine Unit as an Explosive Detector Dog handler and trainer.       

Most recently, Captain Longolucco served as an Acting Captain for the Department of Public Safety overseeing the Capitol Police Department, Division of Sheriffs, E-911 Uniform Emergency Telephone System, and the Public Safety Grants Administration Office.  He also served as the Commanding Officer of the Planning, Research, and Accreditation Unit; Night Executive Officer; and Acting Patrol Commander for the Hope Valley Barracks.  In 2017, Captain Longolucco was given a three-month assignment to the North Providence Police Department where he served as Deputy Executive Officer, providing operational support for the Chief of Police.  He also served as a Prosecution Officer at the Hope Valley Barracks and as the Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge of the New Shoreham detail. 

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain Longolucco worked for two years as a police officer with the New London, Connecticut Police Department.  He holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice and Law Administration from Western Connecticut State University.

Captain Mark Gilson

Director of Training

Captain Mark Gilson

Captain Gilson, a 24-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police, serves as the Director of Training.  He is responsible for all initial and ongoing training and qualifications of Division personnel and oversees both the RI Municipal Police Training Academy, and the RI State Police Academy.  Additionally, he works with the other RI Department of Public Safety agencies (RI Division of Sheriffs and RI Capitol Police) to coordinate and oversee their training.

While in the Uniform Bureau, Captain Gilson was assigned to the Scituate, Hope Valley and Wickford Barracks, as well as the Commercial Enforcement Unit, and Training Academy.  He has been a Firearms Instructor and Armorer for 23 years and served as the Division’s Principal Firearms Instructor and Armorer for nine years.  Capt. Gilson was the Division’s first TASER instructor and served in that role for 13 years.  He is a former 16-year member of the RI State Police Tactical Team and served as the Sniper Team Coordinator and Logistics/Training NCO.  He served on the RI State Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactical Team from its inception in 2001 until it was stood down in 2016.

Captain Gilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the US Air Force Academy and served a total of 29 years in the US Military between the US Air Force, US Marine Corps and RI Army National Guard.  He served in combat operations in Somalia in 1994, and in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 as a Marine Corps attack helicopter pilot.  He is a 1995 Graduate of the FBI Academy and served as a Special Agent in the FBI, Newark Division, from 1995 to 1996.