PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association recently inducted its 2023 Executive Board.
A ceremony was held on Friday, Jan. 13 at Roger Williams University during which the Association inducted its new executive board.
The event was sponsored by AT&T. Guests were asked to provide a donation for Special Olympics Rhode Island. During the course of the evening, a Bristol businessman made a $10,000 donation to Special Olympics Rhode Island on behalf of RIPCA. The total raised throughout the event was approximately $13,345.
“RIPCA’s new Executive Board members bring significant law enforcement and leadership experience to their roles, and I look forward to collaborating with them over the next year as we continue working to further the police profession and improve the quality of life for all in Rhode Island,” said RIPCA Executive Director Sidney Wordell. “We would also like to thank all those who attended and donated to Special Olympics Rhode Island.”
The following members represent the 2023 Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association Executive Board:
Chief Kevin Lynch, Bristol Police — President:
Chief Lynch has led the Bristol Police Department since 2019. He previously spent over 20 years with the Cranston Police Department, rising through the ranks and retiring as Commander (Lieutenant Colonel), Chief of Administration. He also previously served as Deputy Administrator of the Public Utilities Commission for the State of Rhode Island. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Roger Williams University’s Criminal Justice program, and teaches in the Criminal Justice and Policing, Public Safety, and Security programs at RWU.
Colonel Bradford Connor, Warwick Police — Vice President:
Col. Connor joined the Warwick Police Department in 1996 as a Community Police Officer. He later held assignments in the Patrol Division, Detective Division and Professional Standards Division. He served as Commander of both the Operations and Administrative Bureaus prior to becoming Deputy Chief of Police, retiring in 2019. He returned to the Warwick Police Department in January 2021.
Chief Thomas F. Oates III, Woonsocket Police — Sergeant-at-Arms:
Chief Oates was appointed as Chief of the Woonsocket Police Department in July 2016. He previously served as Deputy Chief of the Providence Police Department. He spent more than 36 years with Providence Police and served in every Division at various ranks. Prior to serving the Providence Police Department, he was a Police Officer in Smithfield for six years.
Colonel Michael J. Winquist, Cranston Police — Secretary:
Col. Winquist was sworn in as the Cranston Police Chief in October 2014. He previously served for over 24 years with the Rhode Island State Police, serving in nearly every Division, including Uniform; Area Detectives; Narcotics; Providence Police Gang Task Force; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Task Force; Fusion Center and Intelligence Unit; and Motorcycle Team. He retired from RISP at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel/Deputy Superintendent. He also serves on the Rhode Island Police Officers Commission on Standards and Training.
Chief Matthew Moynihan, South Kingstown Police — Treasurer:
Chief Moynihan was sworn in as Chief of the South Kingstown Police Department in July 2022. He was previously Chief in New Shoreham and served with the Rhode Island State Police for 24 years, retiring as Captain. He served with RISP as a District Commander overseeing the Uniform Bureau and many specialty units, interim Deputy Superintendent – Chief of Field Operations, and Officer-in-Charge of the Major Crimes Unit. His last assignment was as Assistant Detective Commander. While with RISP, he launched the HOPE Initiative and secured more than $2 million in grants for a law enforcement-led opioid outreach effort — the first statewide effort of its kind.
Narragansett Police Chief Sean Corrigan was also recognized as the outgoing President during the event.