Matthew C. Moynihan is the Chief of Police for the Town of New Shoreham and serves as the Treasurer of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association.
Prior to joining the New Shoreham Police Department in 2021, Chief Moynihan served with the Rhode Island State Police for 24 years, retiring as a Captain.
During his tenure with the Rhode Island State Police, Moynihan worked in a wide range of leadership roles across the agency and drove several significant initiatives. He launched the HOPE Initiative, securing more than $2M in grants for a law enforcement-led opioid outreach effort that was the first statewide effort of its kind. In 2017, Moynihan directed the security operation for the National Governors Association Rhode Island meeting, a high-profile event that was attended by leaders from around the world including Vice President Mike Pence, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and more than 30 U.S. governors.
As a District Commander, Moynihan oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Uniform Bureau and various specialty units including the Traffic Safety Unit, Commercial Enforcement Unit, Collision Reconstruction Unit, Canine Unit, Drug Recognition Expert Unit, Executive Security Unit, Honor Guard Unit, Detail Scheduling Office, and Night Executive Officers. He served as the interim Deputy Superintendent – Chief of Field Operations in 2016.
Moynihan was in the Detective Bureau for eleven years, with his last assignment as the Assistant Detective Commander. He was assigned to the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), Intelligence Unit, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the FBI’s Organized Crime Task Force, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 287(g) Enforcement Initiative. He also served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Major Crimes Unit.
Moynihan served at all barracks throughout the state and handled a patrol/ narcotics K-9 while assigned to the Uniform and Detective Bureaus.
Moynihan served in various leadership positions in the Rhode Island Troopers Association including Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Executive Board Member. He is a Past President of the Rhode Island State Police Museum Foundation.
Moynihan worked with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as a Federal Immigration Agent before joining the Rhode Island State Police. He is a graduate of the 260th Session of the FBI National Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, a Master of Criminal Justice, Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity from Boston University Metropolitan College and is an Adjunct Professor of Justice Studies in the University College at Roger Williams University.