Command Staff

Colonel Michael J. Winquist - Chief of Police


Colonel Michael J. Winquist was sworn as the Department's twenty-first Chief of Police on October 1, 2014. He is responsible for all operational and administrative functions of the Cranston Police Department.


Prior to being named Chief of the Cranston Police Department, Colonel Winquist served as a member of the Rhode Island State Police for over twenty-four years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel/Deputy Superintendent, where he received numerous commendations and letters of recognition for exemplary police work. During his tenure with the State Police, Colonel Winquist served in nearly every Division to include the Uniform Division, Area Detectives, Narcotics Unit, Providence Police Gang Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Task Force, Fusion Center and Intelligence Unit and Motorcycle Team.
Colonel Winquist has led many investigations targeting both traditional and non-traditional organized crime groups. These investigations resulted in the arrests of numerous individuals, as well as the forfeiture of assets derived from criminal activity. In 2006, Colonel Winquist was charged with developing the State's Fusion Center, which continues to play a vital role in protecting the State from domestic and international threats by sharing intelligence amongst Federal, State and local partners.

Colonel Winquist holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from Anna Maria University. Colonel Winquist is also a graduate of the 2012/251st session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, V.A.

Colonel Winquist is member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, New England Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association where he serves on the executive board as Secretary.  In 2018, Colonel Winquist was appointed to the Rhode Island Police Officers Commission on Standards and Training, which establishes rules, regulations and standards for certification and training for municipal and state criminal justice personnel, maintains records of law enforcement training, and serves as a resource to municipalities and the state to improve the quality of law enforcement pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws. In 2019, Colonel Winquist was also appointed to the State 9-1-1 Advisory Committee.

Major Todd Patalano


Major Todd Patalano has been a member of the Cranston Police Department since 1995. He is second in command of the police department since 2014 and currently serves as the Chief of Administrative Services.

Major Patalano’s previous assignments include having served as the Commander of the Office of Professional Standards Division, Inspectional Services Division, Patrol Division, Planning and Research Division and Training Division. Major Patalano has also served as a supervisor in the Detective Division as well as an undercover investigator in the Special Investigations Unit.

He has also served as the department’s Accreditation Manager leading to the successful reaccreditation by the prestigious Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). He has previously served as an FBI Certified Firearms Instructor, Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy Instructor and as the Department’s Civil Rights Officer, amongst numerous other assignments.
Major Patalano holds a Master of Science Degree from Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies- Executive Law Enforcement program and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Roger Williams University – Administration of Justice program. He is also a graduate of the Command Training Series for Executive Development from Roger Williams University.

Major Robert Quirk


Major Robert Quirk has been a member of the Cranston Police Department since 1986. He currently serves as the Executive Officer within the department since 2014. He is responsible for the supervision and the control of Department members assigned to operational functions through the appropriate Division Commander. Major Quirk’s previous commands include

Uniform Division Commander, Assistant Commander/Office of Professional Standards, Assistant Detective Division Commander and Bureau of Criminal Identification Supervisor.

Major Quirk holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University. He is also a graduate of the Law Enforcement Development School sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Command Training Executive Development Course sponsored by Roger Williams University.

Captain Gerard Carnevale


Captain Gerard Carnevale has been a member of the Cranston Police Department since 1993. He currently serves as the Night Commanding Officer of the Uniform Division. The division consists of the Three Patrol Officer’s shifts, The Traffic Division, The Communications Division (Dispatch), The School Resource Officers and the Animal Control Officers. He has dedicated his whole career to the Patrol Division working his way up to Captain in 2009.

Captain Carnevale has served as Sniper Team Leader and Co-Commander of the Special Reaction Team. He also served and the Head of the Honor Guard and is still an active on the team. Captain Carnevale also served as a Defensive Tactics Instructor and a Range Officer/Shooting Instructor. Captain Carnevale has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bryant University. He is a graduate of the Roger Williams University Justice System Training and Research Institute for the Command Development Series courses. These courses include the First Line Supervisors, Mid-Management course and the Executive Development Course.  

Captain Carl R. Ricci Jr.


Captain Carl R. Ricci Jr. has been a member of the Cranston Police Department since 1993. He currently serves as the commander of the Inspectional Services Division. In this current position, he is responsible for all facets of National Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) as well as State Accreditation through the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Coalition (RIPAC). Captain Ricci is also responsible for the administration of all Human Resources concerns within the police department as well as overseeing the Records, Radio Communications, Finance, Detail and NIBRS Compliance-Units. 

Captain Ricci's previous commands include the Office of Professional Standards, Detective Division, and Training Division where he was the departments lead firearms instructor. He has served in a supervisory capacity in the Patrol Division, Staff & Services Division, and the Prosecution Unit. Captain Ricci is a 2012 graduate of Roger Williams University's Justice Institute Executive Development Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Justice Studies from Rhode Island College.

Captain Vincent M. McAteer III


Captain Vincent M. McAteer III has been a member of the Cranston Police Department since 1996. He serves as the commander of the Detective Division. Previously he was commander of the Office of Community Outreach, which is responsible for the strategic planning and establishment of intervention strategies and education programs to prevent crime throughout the city; as well as the development of partnerships with individuals who live, work or otherwise have an interest in the community. Additionally, he has served as the Chairman of the department's Awards Committee, the Department's Civil Rights Officer, and on the Long Term Planning Committee. He has previously served in supervisory capacity in the Office of Professional Standards, Inspectional Services Division, Traffic Unit, and the Uniformed Patrol Division. Captain McAteer also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy.

Captain McAteer is a 2011 graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police - Session 48. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Salve Regina University and a Master of Science from Anna Maria College. Additionally, Captain McAteer is a member of the Lamba II - Class of 2015, at Leadership Rhode Island.

Captain Russell C. Henry Jr.


Captain Russell C. Henry Jr. has been a member of the Cranston Police Department since 1993. He currently serves as the Day Uniform Division Commander, managing the daily operations of the Uniform Division, Traffic Unit, and Communications Center. In addition to those duties, he also serves as the Commander of the Field Training and Evaluation Program, and manages the Police Mountain Bike unit and the Cranston Animal Shelter. 

Captain Henry’s previous assignments as a Sergeant (1999-2010) include Uniform Division, Prosecution Unit, Special Investigations Unit, and Officer in Charge of the Special Reaction Team. Captain Henry was assigned to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Providence Resident Office for three years as a deputized Task Force Officer while assigned to the Special Investigations Unit. His assignments as a Lieutenant (2010-2016) include the Uniform Division, Field Training Coordinator, Liaison to the Department of Corrections Probation and Parole, Professional Standards Unit, and Officer in Charge of the Department Honor Guard. He also served as the Assistant Detective Commander, managing the Criminal Investigation Unit, Special Victims Unit, Prosecution Unit, and Bureau of Criminal Identification.

Captain Henry graduated from Roger Williams University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice; he also graduated from Southern New Hampshire University earning a Master’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice/Administration of Public Safety.

Captain Sean Parker


Captain Sean Parker has been a member of the Cranston Police Department since 2003. Prior to joining the Cranston Police Department he served over two years with the North Kingstown Police Department. 

Captain Parker is currently assigned as the Captain in the Office of Professional Standards, and his other assignments include being the Commander of the Underwater Recover Team, as well as the department’s fleet manager. Captain Parker’s past assignments include serving as a Lieutenant and Sergeant in patrol, being a member of the Special Reaction Team for over 10 years, a prior team commander of the Mountain Bike Unit, a prior coordinator of the department’s Field Training Program, and a temporary assignment in the department’s prosecution unit.

Captain Parker received his Bachelor of Science degree from Western New England College, and his Juris Doctor degree from the New England School of Law in Boston.

Captain Matthew Kite


Captain Matthew Kite has been a member of the Cranston Police Department since 1997. Prior to joining the Cranston Police Department he served five years on active duty in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. 

Captain Kite is currently assigned as the Captain in the Office of Community Outreach and his other assignments include being the Information Technology Manager. Captain Kite’s past assignments include serving as a Lieutenant and Sergeant in the Uniform and Detective Divisions, being a member of the Special Reaction Team, Traffic Crash Reconstructionist, Accreditation Manager, Department Firearms Instructor, and Accreditation Officer.

Captain Kite received his Bachelor of Science (2006) & Master of Science (2008) degrees in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University, and a Doctorate (2010) degree from Northeastern University in Law & Policy.