The Command Staff
Director A. Ralph Mollis
The head of the Department of Public Safety shall be appointed by the Town Manager and if the passion is to be vacant, the Town Manager shall act as the head of the Department. The Director of Public Safety shall be responsible for the efficient operation of the services of said Department.
Within the Department of Public Safety, there shall be divisions known as the Police Department and Fire Department. The head of each such division shall be a chief who shall be appointed by the Director of Public Safety with the approval of the Town Manager.
The Director of Public Safety shall be responsible for the administration and discipline of the Police and Fire Departments and for the enforcement and execution of all laws and ordinances and of the rules and regulations of said departments. The Chief of Police and the Chief of the Fire Department shall be the chief executive officers of their respective departments, subject to the direction of the Director of Public Safety.
Chief of Police Patrick Flanagan
The head of the Police Department shall be the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police and Police Department shall enforce the laws of the state, the sections of this Code and the provisions of other Town Ordinances and shall exercise and perform the powers and duties by law imposed upon and required of the Police Department and the Chief of Police in the several towns of the state.
The Chief of Police shall be the Executive Officer of the Police Department and shall have direct control and management of all members and other personnel of the Department in the lawful exercise of department personnel and members' duties, according to law.
The Chief of Police shall adopt, subject to the approval of the Director of Public Safety and the Town Manager, reasonable rules, and regulations covering government, discipline, uniforms and equipment of Police Officers and fixing such officers' duties and prescribing penalties for violations of any of such rules and regulations. The Chief of Police shall maintain discipline so as to secure complete efficiency in the Department and may, with the approval of the Director of Public Safety, impose penalties involving loss of pay or extra hours of duty.
The Chief of Police shall have custody, care, and control of all property and equipment of the Police Department, subject to the direction of the Director of Public Safety and the Town Manager.
It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police to keep accurate and complete records of all complaints, arrests, convictions and traffic violations and the disposition of each case handled by the Police Department. The Chief of Police shall also keep a record of the accomplishments and performance of each Police Officer. The Chief of Police shall submit to the Director of Public Safety and the Town Manager an annual report of all transactions and activities of the department.
Deputy Chief of Police Steven St. Onge
Under the supervision of the Chief of Police, the Deputy Chief of Police is also the assigned Administrative Captain who is responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of all Department employees. The Deputy Chief of Police as a member of the Command Staff directly reports to the Chief of Police, performs various functions relating to the administration and operation of the Department, as directed by the Police Chief. In absence of the Chief of Police, the Deputy will assume the powers, duty and responsible of the Chief, subject to any limitations set by the Chief of Police.
Operations Captain Paul Barry
Under the supervision of the Chie of Police, the Operations Division Captain is responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of all Uniform Patrol Officers assigned under his / her command. Performs various functions related to the administration and operation of the Operations / Uniform Division, as directed by the Police Chief.
Detective Lieutenant Jeffrey St. Onge
Under the direction and control of the Chief of Police; the Detective Lieutenant is a member of the Command Staff and Commander of the Investigation Division, responsible for the overall supervision, control, effectiveness and efficiency of the department’s officers under his/her command. The Detective Lieutenant supervises those Detectives assigned to his/her command. The Detective Lieutenant is responsible for the preparation and presentation of criminal cases at the Superior, and District Court levels. Other duties include the coordination of the Detectives caseload and directs criminal investigations where required.