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Rhode Island State Police Promotes Two Members to the Ranks of Sergeant and Corporal

Contact: Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, Rhode Island State Police/Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Public Safety Telephone: (401) 444-1120

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department Of Public Safety, announces the promotion of two sworn members of the Rhode Island State Police. These promotions are a result of the 25-year retirement statute. The promotions take effect November 4th.

To the rank of Sergeant:

John H. Grassel: Sergeant Grassel is a 15-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police. Before joining the Division, he served as a Trooper with the Virginia State Police. He is also a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Sergeant Grassel earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Boston College and a Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Science from Boston University School of Medicine. As a uniformed trooper, Sergeant Grassel worked at all barracks locations. Since 2004 he has been assigned to the Criminal Identification Unit, serving as a Detective and then promoted to the rank of Detective Corporal.

To the rank of Corporal:

Robert A. Creamer: Corporal Creamer is a 15-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Providence College. As a uniformed trooper, he has served at the Lincoln Woods, Hope Valley, and Wickford Barracks. Since 2009, he has been assigned as a Detective in the Financial Crimes Unit.

Colonel O'Donnell stated, "I am proud to announce the promotion of these two members. Their education and many years in law enforcement as well as outside experience provides them with the skills necessary to be effective leaders in the Rhode Island State Police."

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  • Release date: 11-01-2012

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