Smithfield Police Department Blood Drive
Thursday, October 7, 2021
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Smithfield PD News Blog
News Blog Help On this page you will find all the online notices and announcements from the Smithfield Police Department. Click in the “Categories” section in the right sidebar to narrow the scope of posts that you want to see. Posts below are listed in chronological order, regardless of category, with the newest posts at the top of the page. The 10 most recent posts of all types are listed and linked, at right, in the sidebar under “Smithfield PD News.”
In observance of the 20th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the Smithfield Police Department, along with the Smithfield Fraternal Order of Police – Lodge #17, have created a Smithfield Police 9/11 Tribute Patch. This patch was designed to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11th, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
During the month of September, members of the Smithfield Police will have the option of wearing this alternate 9/11 tribute patch on their uniforms. The patch is available to the public for $10.00 each, and all proceeds from patch sales will be donated to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (t2t.org).
If you would like to purchase the Smithfield Police 9/11 Tribute patch, go to the Smithfield FOP Lodge #17 Square Store, which takes payment in the form of credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. Patches are $10 each. A $1.00 shipping and handling fee per patch will be added to online orders.
Patches can also be purchased in person from a member of the Smithfield Fraternal Order of Police at the Smithfield Police Department, Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm, in the form of cash only. Please ask for Sergeant Jason Corser or Detective Ryan Perry to assist you with your purchase.
Also available: Smithfield Police Department Autism Awareness Patches
On August 13, 2021 the Smithfield Police Department hosted its Community Police Night Out from 5pm-8pm at the Smithfield High School. There were food trucks, rock climbing wall, sand art, and a dunk tank for members of the public to pay to dunk a cop in a tank of water. The Community Police Night Out was able to raise approximately $1,200. The $1,200 is going to be donated to the ALS Association of Rhode Island in the memory of former Smithfield Police dispatcher Cheryl Corsa-Crook.
April is National Autism Awareness Month. The Smithfield Police Department, along with the Smithfield Fraternal Order of Police – Lodge #17, have created Smithfield Police Autism Awareness patches to show support for Autism Awareness. During the month of April, members of the Smithfield Police will have the option of wearing these alternate Autism Awareness patches on their uniforms. The patches are available to the public for $10.00 each, and all proceeds from patch sales will be donated to The Autism Project of Rhode Island.
There are two versions of the Smithfield Police Department Autism Awareness patch. The “official” Smithfield Police Department shoulder patch and logo contain the color gold. This patch is worn by all officers holding the ranks of Lieutenant through Police Chief, as these officers’ uniforms are trimmed in gold. The ranks of Patrol Officer and Sergeant wear a patch that replaces gold with silver, as their uniforms are trimmed in silver. Patches are approximately 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide – they are full sized.
If you would like to purchase the Smithfield Police Autism Awareness patches, go to the Smithfield FOP Lodge #17 Square Store at http://smithfield-fraternal-order-of-police—lodge-no-17.square.site, which takes payment in the form of credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. Patches are $10 each. A $1.00 shipping and handling fee per patch will be added to online orders.
Patches can also be purchased in person from a member of the Smithfield Fraternal Order of Police at the Smithfield Police Department, Monday through Friday, 8am-3pm, in the form of cash only. Please ask for Officer Ryan Perry or Sergeant Jason Corser to assist you with your purchase.
Also available: Smithfield Police Department 9/11 Tribute Patches
Effective immediately: §31-25-27.11 – Weight Restrictions on Limerock Road
The following truck sizes are prohibited on Limerock Road between Douglas Pike (Smithfield) and Jenckes Hill Road (Lincoln):
– Gross combination weight rating of 35,001 lbs or more, or
– Towed unit with a gross vehicle rating of more than 10,000 lbs, or
– Gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 lbs or more, or
– Designed to transport 16 or more passengers, or
– Transporting hazardous materials and required to be placarded.
Ten Smithfield PD officers will now have new protective gear thanks to a generous donation.
On Wednesday, July 10th, the Smithfield Police Department received 10 Angel Armor rifle-rated vests and ballistic helmets from Shield616 – a non-profit group that facilitates donations of protective gear for first responders.
Click the photo below to see the full story on WPRI.com
On Wednesday, July 10th, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., Shield616 will be at the Smithfield Police Department to announce the donation of ten Angel Armor rifle rated vests with Revision level IIIA ballistic helmets to ten Smithfield Police Officers. Shield616 is a non-profit group, based out of Colorado, dedicated to providing first responders with essential protective equipment. Shield616 works with local individuals, businesses, churches, and foundations to assist in acquiring this equipment to help keep first responders safe. Thanks to a generous donation by Renewal by Andersen Window Replacement, ten Smithfield Police Officers will soon receive this life-saving equipment.
Jake Skifstad, the founder of Shield616, will be present at the press event to display the type of equipment that these officers will soon have issued to them and to explain the benefits of Angel Armor’s lightweight design that maintains the strength to stop a rifle round.
The press event will be held in the Sergeant Norman G. Vezina Community & Training Room at the Smithfield Police Department, 215 Pleasant View Avenue. For further inquiries, contact Captain Jason A. DiGrado, Smithfield Police Department, at (401) 231-2500 (ext. 105). Information on Shield616 is also available at shield616.org.
The Smithfield Police Department was recently recognized for their overdose prevention efforts. Along with this recognition, the department will be receiving a $5,000 grant to promote overdose prevention, rescue, treatment, and recovery. The department plans to use this money to purchase Deterra (at-home drug disposal) bags, as well as Naloxone (Narcan).
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Accepted Medications: Prescription patches, prescription medication, prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, medication samples and pet medications.
Items Not Accepted: Liquids, thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, lotions and “sharps” i.e. needles, lancets, syringes, and IV’s.
Please note that the following article from the Providence Journal is from 2003 – the case remains unsolved.
REFUSING TO GIVE UP: Retired Smithfield police Detective Capt. Gregg L. Catlow, left, was the first to investigate the death of a man found floating in Stump Pond, Smithfield, in 1987. Capt. Kenneth A. Brown, right, is the latest officer to handle the case. Catlow holds an FBI sketch of the victim.
Cold Case: Mystery kept alive
Sixteen years after a weighted body riddled with stab wounds surfaced in a Smithfield pond, investigators are appealing for new clues to determine the man’s identity.
BY THOMAS J. MORGAN
Journal Staff Writer
Reprinted with permission.
SMITHFIELD — When the body was laid to rest, no one knew what name to chisel on the tombstone, and so today the short, slender man who floated to the surface of Stump Pond with 21 stab wounds 16 years ago lies in an unmarked grave, its location known only to the investigators who have kept his case alive.
“We never closed the case. We just ran out of leads,” said Detective Sgt. Kenneth A. Brown Jr.
Gregg L. Catlow was the first detective to investigate the case. Over the intervening years Catlow rose to the rank of captain, and has since retired. The file he started is now several inches thick.
Brown is the latest in the series of officers who have tried to puzzle through a maze of vague clues in search of an identity even as the calendar moves on. He’s optimistic, however. “Time is always on the side of the investigators,” he said.
One thing is for sure: Whoever last saw him didn’t want the body found.
It was on June 18, 1987, on scenic Stump Pond, whose shore, ironically, is home to police headquarters, when a boater came across a decomposing corpse floating near a dam.
The man was festooned in chicken wire and ballasted by 90 pounds of rocks and barbell weights, all fastened by coaxial cable. He had 7 wounds on his head, 14 on his chest. The weapon was thought to have been an ice pick or similar instrument.
Anchored by the weights, he had presumably lain out of sight on the floor of the pond for one to three weeks, according to the state medical examiner’s office. As time went by, the gases of decomposition brought the body to the surface.
Five feet, five inches tall, the mystery man weighed 122 pounds and had a scruffy beard. He was between 25 and 35 years of age.
He had receding, straight hair, brown eyes and a brown mustache.
A black muscle shirt bore the inscription “San Juan” on front and back. He was clad in gray sweatpants, and wore no socks under his size 7 1/2 McGregor Tristar sneakers.
No tattoos adorned the body. There was neither wallet nor identification. There were no scars or jewelry.
The police were looking at a blank slate.
“Other than the physical description, there wasn’t much to go by,” Brown said. “He could be from out West. He could be from Mexico. We don’t know.”
Brown said that in his six years as a detective, the aging mystery “was one of those cases that always sat on the back burner.”
As new technology became available, it was employed at intervals in a bid to find a lead.
DNA samples were available. But DNA, which was only just becoming a tool for criminologists when this man was killed, is useless unless it matches something already in a data bank. The DNA trail was a dead end.
New advances in fingerprint identification were developed in the past 16 years by the FBI. A computerized system now makes it possible to examine fingerprint records across the country.
But periodic checks have turned up nothing to provide a further clue to the man’s identity. Like DNA, fingerprints only work if they have been recorded previously. This John Doe evidently never came to the attention of law enforcement, the immigration system or the military, all of which are assiduous in collecting fingerprints.
Because the body was gruesomely decomposed, Smithfield investigators turned to an FBI artist, who sketched the man’s face as he presumably appeared in life.
Flyers were distributed. No response.
Brown said he decided to try again because so much time was passing, and the chances for a connection were slipping away.
He decided to appeal to the media, he said, before time erases all opportunity.
If the case fails to yield to Brown’s persistence, it presumably will pass into the hands of his successor. If so, the trail can only grow longer, and likely colder.
Anyone with information on this case may contact
Capt. Michael Rheaume at 401-231-2500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.