Contact: Major Karen D. Pinch, Chief Administrative Officer Telephone: (401) 444-1005
The Rhode Island State Police will hold its 21st Annual Memorial Ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2013 (Rain Date: Friday, May 17th) at State Police Headquarters in North Scituate. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. in front of the new Headquarters Building. In 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers' Memorial Day and that week as Police Week. At this ceremony, the State Police will honor the memory of law enforcement officers nationwide and Rhode Island State Troopers, both past and present, for their service to the state.
Resident Agent-in-Charge Richard DesLauriers, of the FBI Boston Office, will join Colonel O'Donnell in presenting awards to members of the Rhode Island State Police for their response to the Boston Marathon Bombings. The Colonel Chaffee Medal will also be presented to a member of the community for distinguished service to the Rhode Island State Police. Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the State Police, invites members of the media to attend the ceremony.
"Today we honor all members, sworn and civilian, of the Rhode Island State Police, who proudly served our state. Their pride, dedication, devotion, and integrity have carved out eighty-eight years of excellence. Today we are also recognizing those members who responded to the greater Boston area to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Massachusetts State Police, and Boston Police during the Boston Marathon Bombings. We would like to invite the media to help honor what these members did," stated Colonel O'Donnell.
Federal and State dignitaries will also be in attendance, as well as Department Directors and local Chiefs of Police.