Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association Members Attend New England Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference

Lincoln Police Chief Brian Sullivan Sworn In As 2021 NEACOP President

Lincoln Police Chief Brian Sullivan, left, is sworn in as New England Association of Chiefs of Police President for the 2021 calendar year at this year’s NEACOP annual conference.

PROVIDENCE — Several members of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association attended the New England Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Nashua, N.H. this week.

The two-day conference took place Sunday and Monday, Nov. 29 and 30. In keeping with COVID-19 regulations, the event was held both in person and made available over Zoom.

One of the conference’s main highlights was the swearing in of Lincoln, R.I. Police Chief Brian Sullivan as NEACOP President for the 2021 calendar year. Col. Arthur J. Martins of the North Providence Police Department was also sworn in as NEACOP Sergeant at Arms.

Following the opening ceremonies and the NEACOP annual meeting on Monday morning, Chief Sullivan delivered opening remarks to begin the day’s conference activities. Representatives from police departments throughout New England took part. NEACOP community policing awards were also presented. 

Installation of officers for the coming year then took place. 

“It is an honor to serve as the 95th President of the New England Association of Chiefs of Police,” Chief Sullivan said. “I am thankful to the membership for their support and entrusting me with the responsibility to lead this organization. I look forward to working collectively on public safety issues and upholding the honor and integrity of our profession in the year to come, and beyond.”  

In addition to Chief Sullivan being named President and Col. Martins being named Sergeant at Arms, the following RIPCA departments were also represented in the swearing in ceremony: 

  • Chief Patrick Jones, of the Tiverton Police Department, reaffirmed to the second year of his two-year term as a member of the Executive Board representing Rhode Island.
  •  Chief Joseph Little, of the Rhode Island Capitol Police, was sworn in to a one-year term on the Executive Board representing Rhode Island. 
  • Chief George L. Kelley (retired), sworn in as NEACOP Treasurer.

“It means a great deal to be able to serve alongside such dedicated and qualified men and women, and I look forward to fulfilling this role to the best of my abilities,” Col. Martins said. “The State of Rhode Island is well represented among NEACOP board members and officers, and we will continue to represent our state and the local departments we serve each and every day.”

To learn more about the New England Association of Chiefs of Police, visit neacop.org.

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Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association Members Attend New England Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference