Six law enforcement professionals will be honored at the 2017 Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick.
Established by Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, the Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame honors outstanding professionals who have worked to improve and uphold the principles of the criminal justice system in Rhode Island.
“The accomplishments of the inductees and their commitment to upholding the principles of our criminal justice system are unmatched,” said Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin in a press release. “Rhode Island is a stronger, better place because of their contributions to the law, their sense of right and wrong, and the belief that it is their duty to improve the communities in which they work and live. On behalf of the Criminal Justice Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, I extend my sincerest gratitude and congratulations to the inductees and their families.”
The 2017 class includes:
- Captain Charles “Ted” Dolan, Pawtucket Police Department (Ret.)
Administrator of the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (Ret.)
- U.S. Marshal Jamie Hainsworth, U.S. Marshal for the District of Rhode Island
Chief, Glocester Police Department (Ret.)
- Colonel Kenneth Mancuso, Cranston Police Department (Ret.)
- Chief Anthony Pesare, Middletown Police Department
Major, Rhode Island State Police (Ret.)
- The Honorable William Powers, Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court (Ret.) (Deceased)
Rhode Island Attorney General (1949-1959)
- The Honorable Joseph Walsh, Mayor, City of Warwick
Rhode Island House of Representatives
Rhode Island Senate
Tickets are still available. Tickets cost $30 each and can be purchased by emailing email@example.com or calling 274-4400 x 2335.
The Honorable William E. Powers (Ret., deceased)
Rhode Island Attorney General
Associated Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court
Justice Powers had a long and distinguished career in public service. He was judge of the Cumberland Probate Court from 1936 to 1949, State Representative serving Cumberland from 1939 to 1949, Rhode Island Attorney General from 1949 to 1959 and Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court from 1958 to 1973. Remarkably, Justice Powers was blind since the age of twenty.
He was never one to let adversity stand in his way; rather, he overcame total blindness with his keen intellect, prodigious memory and abundant determination. After losing his eyesight, he attended Perkins School for the Blind and then entered Boston University Law School where he was an associate editor of the law review, class orator and graduated second in his class.
As Attorney General, Justice Powers served on the front lines of the criminal justice system. As an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, he authored well over 400 opinions, many of which have shaped criminal law in Rhode Island for decades.
Chief Anthony Pesare, Middletown Police Department; Major, Rhode Island State Police (Ret.)
Chief Anthony M. Pesare assumed command of the Middletown Police Department on August 30, 2004. Prior to joining the Middletown Police Department he served as Dean of the School of Justice Studies at Roger Williams University.
During his tenure as Chief of Police the department has adopted a philosophy of proactive law enforcement and community involvement, as well as constructing a new 8.5 million dollar police station in 2009. The department has received National (CALEA) and State (RIPAC) Accreditation. Members of the department have received numerous awards from the Office of Highway Safety, MADD and AAA for their efforts to make Middletown a safer community.
In 2015 the department received a first place award for Community Policing from the New England Association of Chiefs of Police competing against police departments who serve communities of 15,000 – 50,000.
Chief Pesare was a member of the Rhode Island State Police and culminated a law enforcement career spanning twenty-four years. During his career with the State Police, Chief Pesare served initially as a uniform trooper assigned to the Patrol Division and was transferred to the Intelligence Unit where he primarily investigated organized crime activities.
Chief Pesare rose through the ranks of the agency serving as the Detective Sergeant, as a Lieutenant in the capacity of the Assistant Detective Commander and as a Captain in the capacity of Detective Division Commander. As Detective Commander he established the multi-agency State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force.
He obtained his final rank of Major where he served as second in command of the department and his responsibilities included supervision of the Uniform and Detective divisions and all specialized units. During his career, he was the recipient of twenty division commendations, on special division commendation and six commendations from outside agencies.
He has been a frequent presenter on topics related to criminal procedure and organized crime, and has lectured at the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy, the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University.
In 2007 Chief Pesare received the Gerhard Mueller Innovator’s Award from the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2012 the Chief received the Robert M. Goodrich Distinguished Public Service Award from the RI Public Expenditure Council.
Chief Pesare is a past President of the RI Police Chiefs’ Association, Chair of the RI Police Officers Standards and Training Commission and is a member of the New England State Police Information Network Executive Board.
He received his B.S. degree in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University, his Master of Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island, and his Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts.
He resides in Middletown.
US Marshal Jamie Hainsworth, District of Rhode Island
Chief, Glocester Police Department (Ret.)
Jamie A. Hainsworth is a former Chief of Police, Glocester RI, former Senior Victims Advocate & Law Enforcement Liaison for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and currently serves as United States Marshal for the District of Rhode Island.
He was appointed to the position of United States Marshal for the District of Rhode Island by President Barak Obama in July 2012. This appointment followed US Senate confirmation and recommendations by US Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Victims Advocate at MADD RI and as the Town of Glocester Chief of Police for eleven years.
His more than forty years in law enforcement began in 1976 as a clerk with the Scituate Police department. In 1980, he was appointed a police officer in the Town of Glocester, reaching the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and Captain prior to becoming Chief in 1999.
He has served on various committees such as Special Olympics Rhode Island Board of Directors, Torch Run for Special Olympics Co-Director, as well as Past President and Treasurer for the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association and as the Treasurer of the New England Association of Chiefs of Police. He has received numerous awards including the Rhode Island Special Olympics Hall of Fame and from the International Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics “John Carion Memorial Unsung Hero Award.” He was also honored to carry the Torch, as a United States Representative, for the Special Olympics International games through Greece in 2010. In 2016 he was honored with the Neil Houston Justice award.
US Marshal Hainsworth obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University, graduated from the FBI National Academy, and the RI Municipal Police Academy.
He currently resides in Jamestown, RI with his wonderful and caring wife of 34 years Charlene (Powell) he enjoys spending lots of time with Charlene as well as running, hiking and working outdoors.
Colonel Kenneth R. Mancuso, Cranston Police Department (Ret.)
Kenneth Mancuso started his long successful career in law enforcement as a Barrington police officer in 1964. In 1965, he transferred to the Cranston Police Department, where he rose through the ranks and named Chief and Colonel in 1986.
In nominating Colonel Mancuso for the Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame, Board of Trustee Tony Capezza said, “his impressive résumé only tells half the story. Kenny was a cop’s cop. He gave more of himself to the job than anyone I know. Many police officers have been appointed as a Chief, but Kenny was not only a Chief but a mentor to all those who worked for him. One of his greatest qualities was that he never forgot where he came from. Many times, he reminded police officers when they got promoted, including myself, that although you put a white shirt on today, don’t forget that you wore a blue shirt yesterday.,”
In addition to his police résumé, Colonel Mancuso also has a long civic résumé. One of his greatest accomplishments was the many years that he coached the Edgewood Eagles football team, with many of his players going on to become police officers.
Mancuso resides in Cranston.
The Honorable Joseph Walsh
Mayor, City of Warwick
Rhode Island House of Representatives
Rhode Island State Senate
Joe Walsh had a leading role in the Walsh Commission on Criminal Procedures which overhauled the grand jury system and created Rhode Island’s traffic court. This court would handle motor vehicle offenses or violations that, prior to the 1974 bill, all moving violations on public highways in the state were misdemeanors. This required an appearance in court, trial before a district court judge, and on appeal, a trial by jury in the Superior Court. This also held the possibility of a prison sentence.
In 1976 Walsh successfully campaigned for Mayor in Warwick and remained in office until 1984. While serving in the roll he had several great accomplishments and contributed to the success of the city including establishing the Warwick Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities. Joe Walsh’s leadership made great improvements to the justice system in Rhode Island.
Walsh resides in Warwick.
Charles “Ted” Dolan, Pawtucket Police Department
Administrator, Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (Ret.)
Ted Dolan dedicated his forty-four-year career to public service. First as a police officer and then at the Rhode Island Registry of Motor Vehicles. His exceptional work ethic, leadership sense and commitment to those he served carried him throughout his career. He may have been known as the toughest cop in Pawtucket but that did not stop him from going out of his way to help others. This was particularly true for young people. In addition to coaching baseball and making an impact on the lives of his players, he created Pawtucket’s “Officer Friendly” program. This program was for school children and it became a model for other programs throughout the state. He was also a member of the Pawtucket Police Department’s Community Relations Unit. His efforts with youth programming have been recognized by the Attorney General’s Office. His exceptional twenty-three-year career with the department saw him take part in many investigations with local, state and national law enforcement agencies. His excellent reputation and dedication would always bring praise and other agencies greatly respected his work.
As Director of the DMV he oversaw the state’s eight DMV sites and the one hundred and seventy-four employees. He was responsible for enforcing the motor vehicle laws and implementing many new regulations and laws each year. He brought the same strong qualities from his time on the police force to earn success for the state agency as well.
Dolan resides in Pascoag.