Command Staff

Colonel Michael J. Winquist - Chief of Police


Colonel Michael J. Winquist was sworn as the Department's twenty second 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.

Major Todd Patalano


Major Patalano is a twenty (20) year veteran of the Cranston Police Department, second in command of the police department 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 recently served as the department’s Accreditation Manager leading to the successful reaccreditation by the prestigious Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2015. He has previously served as an instructor at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy and as the Department’s Civil Rights Officer, amongst many 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 Quirk is a twenty-nine (29) year veteran of the department and currently serves as the Executive Officer within the department. 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 Carnevale 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 is presently in his twenty-third (23) year of service to the department and has dedicated his whole career to the Patrol Division working his way up to Captain in 2009. Captain Carnevale currently heads the Field Training Officers (FTO) program for new officers.

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 Ricci is a twenty-two (22) year veteran of the Cranston Police Department and serves as the commander of the Inspectional Services Division.In his current position, he is responsible for all facets of National Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies as well as State Accreditation through the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Division. In addition, Captain Ricci is responsible for the administration of all Human Resources concerns within the police department. Additionally, he oversees 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. 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 Sean Carmody


Captain Sean Carmody is an eighteen (18) year veteran of the Cranston Police Department and the Homeland Security Coordinator. Captain Carmody also serves as the Team Commander of the Special Reaction Team, a position he has held for 10 years. Captain Carmody has previously served the department in various leadership capacities such as Patrol Division Commander, Inspectional Services Division Commander, Office of Professional Standards Commander, and Traffic Unit Commander.

Captain Carmody has a Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York at Potsdam and a Master of Public Administration from Anna Maria College. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Law Enforcement Executive Development (2009), the Roger Williams University Justice System Training Research Institute - Command Training Executive Development (2010) and Leadership Rhode Island - IOTA II (2013).

Captain Karen Guilbeault


Captain Guilbeault currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the Detective Division. Additionally, she serves as the Chairperson of the Department's Long Term Planning Committee. She has previously served as Captain of the Day Patrol Division, Planning and Research Division. She is a former member of the Department's Honor Guard and Awards Committee. Prior to being promoted to Captain, she served as an Acting Captain, Patrol Lieutenant, Traffic Sergeant and Patrol Sergeant.

Captain Guilbeault is a sixteen year veteran of the Cranston Police Department. She is a 2014 graduate of the Justice System Training and Research Institute where she participated in the Command Training Series of courses. These courses included First Line Supervisor Training, Mid-Management and Executive Development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University.

Captain Vincent M. McAteer III


Captain McAteer serves as the commander of the Office of Community Outreach. He 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 serves 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 an eighteen year veteran of the Cranston Police Department and 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 Henry is a twenty-three (23) year veteran of the Cranston Police Department and serves as the Day Uniform Division Commander. He manages the daily operations of the Uniform Division and the Traffic Unit.

Captain Henry’s previous assignments as a Sergeant include Uniform Division, Prosecution Unit, Narcotics Unit, and Officer in Charge of the Special Reaction Team. His assignments as a Lieutenant include 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 was assigned to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Providence Resident Office for three years while assigned to the Narcotics Unit.

Captain Henry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from Roger William University.