Rep. Jacquard and Sen. Gallo honor police task force
STATE HOUSE – House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Rep. Robert B. Jacquard, a retired police officer, and Sen. Hanna M. Gallo today honored a police task force comprised of officers from Cranston, Warwick, East Greenwich, Scituate and the Department of Corrections whose work ended a rash of break-ins across their jurisdictions and led to the apprehension of the longtime criminal behind them.
“The dedication demonstrated by these upstanding police officers is a testament to the law-enforcement community in Rhode Island,” said Speaker Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston). “Having one’s home broken into is a gross violation of safety and privacy and I could not be any more proud of these police officers who brought a sense of relief to their respective communities by ending this terrible crime spree.”
“I am very proud of fellow law enforcement officers and the tremendous outcome that resulted from their hard work and unwavering commitment,” said Representative Jacquard (D-Dist. 17, Cranston). “They got a dangerous serial offender off the streets and everyone in their communities is now safer because of their commitment to seeing their investigation through to the end.”
“I know the people of Cranston and the surrounding communities are happy to have these officers on duty and they deserve all the recognition coming to them,” said Senator Gallo (D-Dist. Cranston, West Warwick). “This task force and its end result is a shining example of law enforcement at their best, protecting their residents and communities.”
The task force members were brought before the General Assembly today to congratulate and thank them for the hard work and shrewd detective skills that put an end to a crime spree and recovered cash and tens of thousands of dollars in stolen jewelry and electronics
Although the task force was created in early 2013, its roots reach back to 2011, when Cranston Police Lt. Michael Pezzullo noticed an uptick in breaking-and-entering crimes in his own city, and developed a plan to investigate them.
Similar crimes were occurring in neighboring jurisdictions, resulting in the task force being formed with Lt. Pezzullo heading up its efforts. After countless hours of surveillance and criminal intelligence gathering, the task force identified and eliminated many suspects known to each police department. After responding to a breaking-and-entering call in Scituate, the task force engaged in a vehicle pursuit of a suspect with known organized crime ties and a recorded past of this type of criminal behavior. The suspect was arrested and he currently resides in the ACI.
The police officers honored were:
· Lt. Michael Pezzullo, Cranston Police Department
· Det. Erik Baccari, Cranston Police Department
· Det. Jamie Cahill, Cranston Police Department
· Det. Sean Turcotte, Warwick Police Department
· Det. Thomas DiGregorio, Warwick Police Department
· Det. Timothy Grant, Warwick Police Department
· Det. Lt. Jeremey Fague, East Greenwich Police Department
· Det. Sgt. John Chirnside, East Greenwich Police Department
· Sgt. Glenn Terelli, East Greenwich Police Department
· Det. Dave Black, East Greenwich Police Department
· Sgt. Donald Delaere, Jr., Scituate Police Department
· Spec. Investigator Nuno Figueiredo, Department of Corrections.
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903