Chief Richard P. St. Sauveur, Jr.
Chief of Police
Chief Richard P. St. Sauveur, Jr. was sworn in as Chief of Police on May 17, 2010. Prior to his appointment as Chief of Police, and over the course of nearly 22 years, he worked his way up through the ranks as a regular member of the Smithfield Police Department.
Chief St. Sauveur was hired as a full-time police officer on July 1, 1988 and graduated 2nd out of 39 in his class from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy that same year. In 1998, while holding the rank of Sergeant, he served as the Department’s accreditation manager and played a vital role in guiding the Smithfield Police Department toward initial accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). He has served as a Field Training Officer, Patrol Division Lieutenant, Uniform Commander, and Deputy Chief. As Deputy Chief, his responsibilities included Internal Affairs, as well as officer-in-charge of the Department’s Collision Review Board. On three separate occasions, he served as Acting Chief of Police.
Chief St. Sauveur graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, and as a member of Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology), from Westfield State College. He also holds a Masters Degree in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University. He graduated from Mt. St. Charles Academy, where he was an honor roll student and played for two championship high school hockey teams.
Chief St. Sauveur has been a resident of the Town of Smithfield for his entire career with the Smithfield Police Department. He is also certified by CALEA to assess law enforcement agencies throughout the country in their attempts to attain accredited status, and has traveled to Wisconsin, New York and Georgia to conduct assessments.
During his time off, he likes to spend time with his family and friends. He loves sports and is a dedicated Bruins, Patriots and Red Sox fan.
Deputy Chief Robert W. VanNieuwenhuyze is a life-long resident of Smithfield. He was appointed as a full-time police officer on September 14, 1992, after graduating first in his class at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy. A graduate of Smithfield High School, he received a Bachelors Degree in Justice Studies from Rhode Island College in 1991, and later earned a Masters Degree in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University. Deputy Chief VanNieuwenhuyze is also a graduate of the 236th Session of the FBI National Academy, located in Quantico, VA.
Earlier in his career, Deputy Chief VanNieuwenhuyze served as a patrol officer, firearms instructor, field training officer, detective, and juvenile officer. As a sergeant, he served as an assistant shift commander, and was later responsible for overseeing the Department’s first reaccreditation efforts from 2000 – 2003, as accreditation manager. Since then, he has served as a patrol shift commander and later, Detective Division Commander and prosecution officer. Most recently, he served as the Uniform Division Commander, overseeing the Department’s three patrol shift commanders and all patrol activity. He is also a certified CALEA assessor, and has traveled to Ohio and New Hampshire to conduct assessments.
As Deputy Chief, he is responsible for overseeing the Department’s three division commanders, and serves as the Internal Affairs Officer. In addition, he manages the Department’s continuing reaccreditation efforts, ensuring compliance with nationally recognized standards of excellence as set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
He was appointed Deputy Chief on July 12, 2010.
When off duty, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His other interests include camping, beekeeping, and classic cars.
Captain Michael C. Rheaume was appointed as a full-time police officer on January 8, 1991, after graduating from the RI Municipal Police Academy. He served in the Patrol Division for nine years and, in 1999, he was transferred into the Detective Division. In July of 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, transferred to the Patrol Division. In April of 2004, he was transferred to the Detective Division, appointed as a Property Control Officer and the Officer in Charge of the Marine Patrol. In July of 2005, he was appointed as Acting Detective Commander. In January 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and appointed as the Public Information Officer. In October 2008, he was appointed as Detective Commander and Prosecution Officer. In July 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. Captain Rheaume continues to serve as the commander of the Detective Division.
He has received extensive training in forensic and homicide investigative techniques, and also served as an instructor in the Citizen’s Police Academy and Law Enforcement Explorers Program. He currently serves as one of our four collision reconstruction specialists and is one of the department’s most experienced investigators.
While off duty, Captain Rheaume enjoys gardening and woodworking activities. He also enjoys spending time with his family, friends and reading about military history.
Captain Kenneth A. Brown, Jr. was appointed as a full-time police officer on June 5, 1990, after completing the RI Municipal Police Academy. He served in the Patrol Division for eight years and received several departmental commendations for outstanding police work, one of which was for the apprehension of a suspect featured on the television series “America’s Most Wanted.” In 1998, he was transferred into the Detective Division where his responsibilities included investigating all facets of criminal activity. In January of 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, transferred into the Patrol Division, where he served for several months as the Assistant Commander on the second shift. In July of 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as the second shift commander. In July of 2010, he was transferred back into the Detective Division as a Detective Lieutenant where he served as the department’s prosecution officer. In February of 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Captain where he currently serves as the Uniform Division Commander. He serves as the departments Critical Incident Commander, and serves as a member of the Commendation & Awards Committee, the Chairperson for the departments Collision Review Board, is the Fleet Operations Officer, is a member of the departments Training Committee and color guard. He also serves as the department’s liaison to Bryant University.
In December 2009, Captain Brown graduated Magna Cum Laude from Roger Williams University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, and an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science.
In his spare time, Captain Brown plays baseball in the Rhode Island Men’s Baseball League, is a member of the Smithfield Men’s Softball League and has attended several Red Sox Fantasy Camps in Fort Myers, Florida. In 2011, he was a member of the “Easler’s Hitmen”, a team coached by Mike Easler and Frank Viola who won the camp championship and was honored with a championship ring at Fenway Park.
Captain Brown enjoys playing all types of sports, coaching youth sports and spending quality time with his family.
Captain E. Eric Dolan was appointed as a full-time police officer December 11, 1994 after graduating from the RI Municipal Police Academy. He has served in the Patrol, Community and Detective Divisions. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on April 4, 2004 and served in patrol and then was transferred to the Detective Division. In January of 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Lieutenant and was the officer in charge of prosecution. In April 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and is currently the Administration Captain in charge of training and recruitment and the Community Police Division.
Captain Dolan has served as a department DARE officer, BCI officer and Accident Reconstructionist. He has BA Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and BA Degree in Public Administration from Rhode Island College.
Rank – Name
Lt. Dennis J. Paul
Lt. Jason A. Digrado
Lt. Gerald P. Pezzullo, Jr.
Lt. Michael T. Smith
Sgt. Kevin A. Proulx
Sgt. Cory M. Carpenter
Sgt. Gregg L. Catlow II
Sgt. Dennis Courtemanche
Sgt. Orlando D. Braxton
Sgt. Douglas S. Cerce, Jr.
Det. Christopher J. Taylor
Det. Joseph M. Marcello
Off. Michael M. McCoy
Off. Scott V. Hopkins
Off. Jeffrey A. Scott
Off. Paul J. Gorman
Off. Peter J. Dimarco
Off. Paul M. Gilmore
Off. David M. Walsh
Off. Thomas J. Coleman
Off. Kerrin A. D’Agnelli
Off. Neil A. Marcoccio
Off. Jason A. Corser
Off. Kyle A. Phillips
Off. John H. Beausoleil
Off. Jon A. Ricciarelli
Off. Lucas L. Cruse
Off. Gary W. McDole, Jr.
Off. Ryan P. Perry
Off. Brendan R. McDonald
Off. Domenic L. Martone
Off. Thomas DeCristofaro
Off. Brandon Normann
Off. Christopher M. McIntyre