Tiverton police department promotes 12 officers

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TIVERTON — Twelve Tiverton police officers have recently accepted promotions or been given new or additional assignments, Police Chief Thomas Blakey announced Tuesday.

"These ranks were created to allow the police department to be in line with modern law enforcement agencies and to continue to move the department towards achieving accreditation," Chief Blakey said.

The officers, and the ranks to which they have been promoted, or the new duties to which they have been assigned, are:

• Lt. Patrick W. Jones, to Captain – Executive Officer;

• Sgt. James Costa, to Lieutenant – day shift watch commander;

• Sgt. Scott Beaulieu, to Lieutenant – afternoon shift watch commander;

• Sgt. Michael Miguel, to Lieutenant – midnight shift watch commander;

• Sgt. Timothy Panell, to Lieutenant – Administrative Services;

• Sgt. Michael Carr, to Lieutenant – Detective Commander;

• Corporal Daniel Raymond, to Sergeant – day shift supervisor;

• Corporal William Munroe, to Sergeant – afternoon shift supervisor;

• Corporal Ken Cabral, to Sergeant – midnight shift supervisor;

• Officer Joseph Wieszbicki, to Corporal – afternoon shift supervisor;

• Officer Jason Dunlea, reassigned to Detective Division;

• Officer Dan Martin, reassigned to Uniform Ddivision – day shift.

About the relationship between accreditation and the recent promotions and reassignments, Chief Blakey said, "the state and national accreditation process recognizes law enforcement agencies that comply with nationally recognized standards of excellence, as set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)."

Chief Blakey said, "accredited law enforcement agencies are committed to providing the citizens of their respective communities the highest degree of professional excellence."

The chief said, "I fervently hope that officials and citizens of the Town of Tiverton will continue to  support the police department as it explores modern law enforcement practices to effectively and efficiently serve our community."

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