Past President, 2011
Chief Mello, a native of Westerly RI, began his career with the Westerly Police Department in 1988 after graduating from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy. He served primarily in the patrol division as a patrol officer and sergeant before being promoted to the rank of captain in 2002 where he served as second in command of the Department. In 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Chief leading the 85 member department until his retirement in 2011. He then took the post as police chief for the Town of Jamestown and currently serves in that position.
Chief Mello served as the president of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association in 2011 and currently serves as its treasurer. He serves Chairman of the Rhode Island Commission for Police Officers Standards and Training. He is a founding executive board member of the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission and serves as its treasurer. He is a member of the FBI Criminal Justice Information System Advisory Policy Board, representing the State of Rhode Island.
Chief Mello is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Boston University with Masters of Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 223rd Session.