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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-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, 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 for 5 years and also 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 Barry

Commanding Officer
Department of Public Safety and Training

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin M. Barry

Lieutenant Colonel Barry is a twenty (20) year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the Commanding Officer of the Department of Public Safety. He oversees operations and administrative functions the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy and the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy. He 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 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. Most recently he served as the Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Lieutenant Colonel Barry served as a Sergeant 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.

Telephone: (401) 444-1003

Major Wall

Chief Administrative Officer

Major Robert S. Wall

Major Wall is a twenty-three (23) 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.

Telephone: (401) 444-1004

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.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Major Manni was a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service for 5 years and an IRS Special Agent for 1 year. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Bryant University.

Telephone: (401) 444-1005

Major Philbin

Detective Commander

Major Joseph F. Philbin

Major Philbin is a twenty-three (23) 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.

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.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain Barney served in the United States Coast Guard from 1984 to 1989. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University.

Telephone: (401) 444-1007

Captain Jamieson

District "B" Commander

Captain William C. Jamieson

Captain Jamieson is a twenty-three (23) 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.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain Jamieson served in the United States Marine Corps from 1985 to 1992, attaining the rank of Sergeant.

Telephone: (401) 444-1010

Captain Dicomitis

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, second in charge of the Detective Bureau. Captain Dicomitis 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, Charitable Gaming, 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.

Captain 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 and the Adult Correctional Institution's State Police Investigative Unit. He also served as a Field Training Officer and a member of the Crisis Negotiation Unit. Most recently he served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Automobile Theft and Insurance Fraud Unit.

Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Captain 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.

Telephone: (401) 444-1012

Director of Training

Captain Ann C. Assumpico

Captain Assumpico is a twenty-three (23) 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.

Telephone: (401) 444-1011

District "A" Commander

Captain Dennis B. Flemming

Captain Flemming is a twenty (20) 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.

Telephone: (401) 444-1009

Executive Officer
Department of Public Safety

Captain Timothy G. Sanzi

Captain Sanzi 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 Sanzi 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.

Telephone: (401) 444-1008