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Pawtucket Police and City Officials Gather to Celebrate Promotion Ceremony

Pawtucket Police and City Officials Gather to Celebrate Promotion Ceremony;
Ten officers sworn into new positions within department

Pawtucket – On Friday, April 29th, officials from the City and the Pawtucket Police Department, joined by families, friends and other department members, to take part in the promotion ceremony for ten officers.

Public Safety Director Antonio J. Pires and Chief of Police Paul King, led the ceremony introducing each of the officers before officially swearing them in to their new roles with the department. The list of promotions includes: Lieutenant David L. Holden, Captain Napoleon A. Gonsalves, Sergeant David L. Dolan, Sergeant Peter A. Spetelunas, Detective Captain Daniel P. Mullen, Captain Thomas E. Newman, Detective Sergeant Mark A. Theroux, Detective Sergeant Timothy M. Graham, Sergeant Richard A. Laforest Jr. and Detective Carrie A. Hormanski.

“I want to offer my personal congratulations to each of the officers sworn in today and thank them for their commitment and dutiful service to the Pawtucket community,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien who also attended the ceremony.

“Each of these men and women have been exemplary members of the police department and are highly deserving of their newly designated positions,” said Antonio Pires, Director of Public Safety. “The City of Pawtucket is fortunate to have men and women of this caliber serving their community and I wish them the best of luck in their new roles.”

After introductions of each of the officers were read aloud for those in attendance, and the oath was administered by Director Pires, one of the more touching aspects of the ceremony came when the new badges were pinned on the officers by members of their family such as grandparents, parents and children. “It is always moving to see who people choose to pin their new rank on them,” said Police Chief Paul King. “For our officers, it serves as recognition that the duties of a police officer also have a huge impact on the lives of their families and loved ones.”

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