In a promotion ceremony held Tuesday at Warwick City Hall, the Board of Public Safety approved nine promotions as well as recognized the recent promotion of Captain James Valkoun who had unable to attend his earlier promotion. The following is a list of those promoted and their biographies with the department that were read at the ceremony:
Captain Scott Robillard
Captain Robillard is a 19-year veteran of the Warwick Police Department after having previously served on the West Warwick Police Department for three years. He has held positions in the Patrol Division, Community Services Division, Detective Division, and the Administrative Services Division.
He spent 10 years training new recruits as an EVOC instructor at the RI Municipal Police Training Academy and was a Field Training Officer as well as Field Training Supervisor for many years.
He most recently served as the Lieutenant in the Detectives Division and was also assigned as a FBI Task Force Officer with the Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.
The Captain has a Bachelor of Science degrees in criminal justice and sociology from Rhode Island College. He also has a Master’s of Science Degree in Cyber-Security and Intelligence from Salve Regina University.
Captain Robillard will be assigned to the Patrol Division as the Third Platoon Officer in Charge.
Lieutenant John Kelly
Lieutenant Kelly is a 19-year veteran of the Warwick Police Department, having previously served as a Sergeant with the Brown University Police Department. He has held positions in the Patrol Division, Community Services and traffic Units.
The Lieutenant has held supervisory positions in the Patrol Division, Community Services and Traffic units. He was previously assigned to the Detective Division as a supervisor.
Lieutenant Kelly has attended numerous schools in his career to include BCI School, Traffic Accident Reconstruction and Incident Command. He is also a senior instructor at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy in EVOC (Emergency vehicle Operations Course).
Lieutenant Kelly will be assigned to the Patrol Division as the 3rd Shift AOIC.
Lieutenant Daniel DiMaio
Lieutenant DiMaio is a 10-year veteran of the Warwick Police Department. He graduated from Salve Regina University where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice. He has held positions in the Patrol Division, the Professional Standards Division and most recently the Community Services Division.
Lieutenant DiMaio is currently a pistol, rifle and shotgun instructor for the department. In addition, he has attended numerous schools that certified him a Physical Fitness Specialist, a Taser Instructor and a Less Lethal munitions instructor.
Lieutenant DiMaio has been a member of the Warwick SWAT team since 2013 and now serves as the Team Commander.
Captain James Valkoun
Captain James Valkoun is a 23-year veteran of the Warwick Police Department. He has held positions in the Patrol Division and the Administrative Services Division.
Captain Valkoun most recently served as the OIC and the AOIC of the Administrative Services Division. This division supervises 41 civilian employees from Dispatch, Records, Maintenance, Switchboard, and the Garage. Prior to that James was the 1st/2nd shift AOIC in the Patrol Division. He has also served as a Field Training Officer and as a Field Training Supervisor while in the Patrol Division.
James has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Rhode Island College and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University. James has also served in the U.S. Army.
Captain Valkoun will be assigned to the Patrol Division as the 1st shift OIC.
Sergeant Michael Walker
Sgt. Michael Walker is an 18-year veteran of the Warwick Police Department. He previously was a Police Officer for three years for the Town of the North Kingstown (1998 to 2001). He has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of Rhode Island and is currently working on his Bachelor degree. Sergeant Walker has spent his whole Law Enforcement career in the Patrol Division. Sergeant Walker is a Range Officer, responsible for qualifying sworn members of the department in pistol, shotgun, and rifles. He is also a member of the department’s Patrol Rifle Team. Sergeant Walker will be assigned to second shift as a patrol supervisor.
Sergeant Leo A. Tetreault Jr.
Sgt. Tetreault is an 18-year veteran with the Warwick Police Department. He has held many positions with the department to include, patrol, community services, school resource officer, police athletic league and was most recently assigned to the youth services unit in prosecution.
Sgt. Tetreault has been a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team for nine years and is currently a squad leader. He is husband of 14 years to his wife Joy. Together they have four children, Daisy, Charlie, Tommy, and Piper.
Sergeant Jason Brodeur
Sgt. Brodeur is an 8 and a half year veteran of the Warwick Police Department, being assigned to the Traffic Unit for the past four years. Sergeant Brodeur has been a Field Training Officer for five years.
The Sergeant is a member of the police department’s Underwater Search and Recovery Team, as well as the Mental Health Crisis Response Team.
Sergeant Brodeur has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from The University of Rhode Island and has attended numerous schools and training, to include, Traffic Accident Reconstruction, Emergency Vehicle Operation Course Instructor, and Basic Police Motorcycle Operator. Sergeant Brodeur is currently an EVOC Instructor at the RIMPA.
Sergeant Brodeur will be assigned to the Patrol Division.
Sergeant Javier Cabreja
Sgt. Cabreja is a seven-year veteran of the Warwick Police Department, he has served all seven years in the Patrol Division. In addition to being assigned to the Patrol Division, Sergeant Cabreja is a member of the Patrol Rifle team, Mental Health Crisis Response Team, Crisis Negotiator Team, and Field Training Officer.
Sergeant Cabreja has attended several schools, to include, Mental Health First Aid, Field Force Operations, and Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist.
The Sergeant has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, and a minor in psychology from Rhode Island College, and is currently enrolled at Salve Regina University for a Master's degree in Administration of Justice and Homeland Security.
Sergeant Cabreja will be assigned to the Patrol Division 2nd Platoon.
Sergeant Geoffrey Waldman
Sgt. Waldman is a 10-year veteran of the Warwick Police Department. He has held positions in the Patrol Division and Community Services Division, serving as the director of the Explorers program for the last three years.
Sergeant Waldman has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Rhode Island College. He is a member of the department’s SWAT team, and was also assigned to the state’s Weapons of Mass Destruction team. He is currently an instructor at the RIMPA in Emergency Vehicle Operations, and a member of the police department’s Field Training Officer Program. Sergeant Waldman is also the recipient of a life-saving award.
Sergeant Waldman will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a 2nd Shift supervisor.
Sergeant Aaron Kay
Sergeant Aaron Kay is a 6½-year veteran of the Warwick Police Department, having previously served for 3 and a half years as an officer with the Tiverton Police Department. He has held positions in the Patrol Division and has been assigned to the Traffic Unit for the past 3 years.
Sergeant Kay has also served active duty in the United States Air Force deploying several times to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Park University.
The Sergeant has attended several schools, to include, Traffic Accident Reconstruction, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training, SFST Instructor School, Drug Recognition Expert School and DRE Instructor School. He has been instructing at the RIMPTA for the last 8 years and is a Field Training Officer.
Sergeant Kay will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a 2nd Shift Supervisor.