The Commander of the Rhode Island state police Colonel Ann Assumpico announced yesterday that she will retire next month. Assumpico was the first female commander of the agency, according to a state press release. She has held the post for just over two years, since November 2016. Assumpico said that she had recruited record numbers of women and minorities in the upcoming year’s State Police training class.
“I have full confidence that these new recruits will help our agency better serve and protect members of all communities throughout our state,” she said in the press release.
Assumpico has been in law enforcement for 42 years, and on the Rhode Island State Police force since 1994. During her tenure as Commander, she made efforts to diversify the force. One third of the promotions Assumpico approved during her time as Commander were women or members of minority groups.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo in a statement said Assumpico has “led the state police with honor and integrity,” according to the Associated Press.