Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, today announced the start of a recruitment campaign for the 2018 Rhode Island State Police Training Academy.
Colonel Assumpico's top priority since being appointed as Superintendent of State Police has been to recruit and promote a gender- and racially diverse mix of men and women who reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the communities they serve.
She already has promoted 10 women and members of minority groups – nearly a third of the 36 people she has promoted so far. This will be the first State Police Training Academy of her tenure and her goal is to have a large pool of highly qualified diverse candidates when the Class of 2018 begins next June.
Colonel Assumpico has been working closely her Training Staff and Chief Terrance Gainer and his team of nationally recognized law enforcement experts to review past practices and policies and develop specific tactics to improve recruitment and retention of all candidates.
"There is no magic wand when it comes to increasing diversity among our ranks," Colonel Assumpico said. "However, we believe we now have a better understanding of what works, what doesn't work and what we need to do better when it comes to recruiting and retaining a diverse pool of candidates."
Some of the new recruitment efforts include:
• Holding orientation sessions throughout the state to provide specific information applicants need to physically, mentally and emotionally prepare for the recruitment process;
• Hosting panel discussions with female troopers who can address the specific questions and concerns women may have about a career in law enforcement;
• Establishing a Recruit Mentorship Program in which each candidate and alternate will be teamed with a mentor who will work with them as a group and individually to prepare mentally and physically for the recruitment process and Training Academy;
• Adopting a more universally accepted method of recruitment and screening that meets the national standards for law enforcement agencies.
"We remain firmly committed to recruiting and retaining a highly-qualified workforce that is diverse, well-educated, physically fit and committed to public service," Colonel Assumpico said.
Colonel Assumpico also thanked Governor Raimondo and members of the General Assembly for authorizing the new Training Academy, noting that state leaders recognize the need to replenish the staff as a result of current and anticipated vacancies. She also thanked Office of Diversity, Equity, and Opportunity (ODEO) Associate Director Cheryl Burrell for her support during the upcoming recruitment campaign.
"These are opportunities, not only to serve in the law enforcement profession, but to serve the community directly in a meaningful way," Director Burrell. "We need to embrace the talents and diversity that exist in all communities, and that is what today is all about. Governor Raimondo knows the importance of ensuring that our ranks reflect the makeup of our state and is committed to strengthening the ties between law enforcement and our communities through teamwork and appreciation of each other's cultural differences."
For more information or to apply for the 2018 Rhode Island State Police Training Academy, please visit our website at http://risp.ri.gov/academy/.