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Rhode Island Capitol Police Launches Recruitment Campaign; Institutes Changes to Generate Larger, More Diverse Pool of Qualified Candidates

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, along with Rhode Island Capitol Police Chief Joseph T. Little Jr., announce the launch of a recruitment campaign for new Capitol Police Officers. They also announced changes in the job requirements that are designed to increase the pool of eligible applicants.

"Our goal is to attract a highly qualified group of diverse candidates who more accurately reflect the community we serve," Colonel Assumpico said. "We want to ensure we are attracting the best possible applicants who have the experience, skills and commitment we seek in all of our officers."

The role of the Capitol Police is to provide police services and general security for the State Capitol and other state agencies and buildings, Chief Little explained. They are responsible for maintaining order and providing for the safety, security and protection of employees, visitors and state property.

Officers operate metal detectors and x-ray machines at the entrances to the State House, as well as all courthouses and several other state buildings, Chief Little said. They are responsible for screening employees and visitors, as well as preventing and detecting crimes and apprehending violators.

In the past, applicants were required to have satisfactorily completed the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy or a comparable program offered by a state or municipal department. They also were required to have a valid Police Officers Commission on Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certificate.

These requirements essentially restricted the pool of applicants to current, former or retired member of law enforcement agencies, Colonel Assumpico said.

"We hope the change in this requirement will increase the pool of eligible candidates to include a larger number of well-qualified men and women who reflect the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of our community," Colonel Assumpico said.

Chief Little said that applicants must:

Be a U.S. citizen

Be at least 18 years old (no maximum age)

Have graduated from a senior high school or possess a general equivalency diploma (GED) issued by a state department of education

Meet the State of Rhode Island qualifications to carry weapons used in the performance of duty

Possess a valid Rhode Island operator's driving license

Have no tattoos that are visible while in uniform (the use of a flesh-colored sleeve is acceptable to conceal tattoos from the upper arm to the wrist bone). Please note: candidates are not allowed to have any tattoos that are considered offensive, extremist, sexist or racist.

Applicants will undergo a physical agility test, written examination, oral board interview, extensive background investigation, medical exam and psychological exam. Successful candidates will be admitted to the Capitol Police Training Academy, where they will be provided the education and training needed to serve as Capitol Police Officers.

Upon successful completion of the Training Academy, candidates will be chosen for appointment based on their final rankings in the recruitment pool, Chief Little said. Those not immediately chosen for appointment will be placed on a reserve list for future openings.

Applications are being accepted through May 26, 2018. Interested applicants must apply through the state recruitment website at

For more information about the Capitol Police and current openings, visit the Capitol Police website.

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  • Release date: 04-27-2018

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