I retired from the Newport, RI Police Department in January, 2009, with 22 years of service.
I started my police career in the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy class of 1986-III.
I had a year or two on the job when I volunteered to be a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI). I learned photography, latent fingerprint processing, and evidence collection at the state Scientific Criminal Investigation school, which is run by the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory.
I was a CSI for ten years before being promoted to sergeant in January, 2000. In October, 2000 I was transferred from Patrol to the BCI/Property office. In a reorganization in July, 2002, I became the Facilities and Property Management Sergeant. I took care of evidence, found property, the police vehicles, and the building systems. In November, 2004, I was transferred back to Patrol as a day shift supervisor. In January, 2006 I made lieutenant, and a year later went to Records, where I finished up.
I have a bachelor's degree in Business-Computer Science from Barrington College ('83) and one in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina College ('90). I was a computer programmer (PC database applications in Clipper) for a few years before becoming a police officer.
I still belong to the Rhode Island Criminalist Association (an organization of graduates of the state Scientific Criminal Investigation school).