BURRILLVILLE — A swearing-in ceremony was held Wednesday for four police officers promoted as part of a major reorganization of the Burrillville Police Department, according to Police Chief Bernard E. Gannon.
The officers were sworn-in before the Burrillville Town Council by Municipal Court Judge Joseph Carroll.
• Lieutenant Lareto P. Guglietta Sr. to the rank of major. He will also serve as the department's executive officer and commander of field operations.
Guglietta, a veteran member of the department, is the department's first major, a rank that was included in the new collective bargaining agreement between the town and the department.
His position as executive officer - another term for deputy chief - was formerly held by Lt. Kevin S. San Antonio, who retired in May after more than 15 years of service.
Guglietta joined the department as a patrolman in 1987 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1993 and then lieutenant in 1997.
In his many years as the department's commander of administrative services, Guglietta has brought in well over $1 million in grant funding to the department, and was recently honored for that accomplishment by the Chepachet Grange as “Police Officer of the Year."
Guglietta is a 2001 graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico and holds both a bachelor and a masters degree in the criminal justice field. He is also past-president of the New England Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates and the Rhode Island Law Enforcement Trainers Association.
Major Guglietta lives in Glocester with his wife, Donna, and dog, Sammy. He is the father of one son, Lareto Giglietta Jr., who is a full-time fire fighter with the City of Pawtucket.
• Sergeant Dennis C. Leahey to the rank of lieutenant. He will also serve as the night patrol commander.
Leahey joined the department as a patrolman in 1987 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1994. He has served as the dayshift supervisor for the past several years. Leahey has taken on a leadership role in many areas, most notably with issue of domestic violence. He works closely with several Rhode Island agencies dealing with domestic issues. He teaches domestic violence related classes to both police officers and dispatchers throughout the state and is considered to be an expert in the field. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Providence College and is also a past president of the Rhode Island Law Enforcement Trainers Association. With his current promotion to lieutenant, he now serves in the capacity of night patrol commander.
Lieutenant Leahey lives in Providence with his fiancée, Melissa, and is the father of two adult daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth, and a son, Jacob, who is a high school student at Mount Saint Charles Academy.
• Patrolman Jason M. Eddy to the rank of sergeant (day patrol division).
Eddy joined the department as a patrolman in 2002. After having graduated from the RI Police Academy he took his spot on the second shift where he has served for the past nine years. Eddy holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice and is a field training officer with the department, helping to prepare young recruits for their careers as police officers. Sgt. Eddy is also trained as an accident reconstructionist. The personnel file of Sgt. Eddy is replete with commendations for outstanding police work. With his current promotion to sergeant, Eddy now serves as the dayshift supervisor.
Eddy lives in Pomfret, Connecticut, with his wife, Jennifer, and their young son Jonathan. They are expecting their second child, a daughter, in September.
• Patrolman Michael D. Bouchard to the rank of inspector (prosecution division).
Bouchard joined the department as a patrolman in 2003 after a serving 14 years as a correctional officer with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. He has been a day shift officer for several years and has served as the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge # 27, since 2009. He is also a BCI-certified officer with the department.
Inspector Bouchard holds several college degrees, including both a Master’s and Bachelor’s in criminal justice along with two associate’s degrees. With his promotion to inspector, he now serves as the prosecution officer for the Burrillville Police Department.
Bouchard, who will handle all court prosecution duties as inspector, replaces Maurice R. Nault, who also retired after 25 years of service.
Bouchard lives in Harrisville with his wife, Michelle.
As part of the department's reorganization, Lieutenant John Connors was moved into Guglietta's old slot as commander of administration, and Sgt. Guy Riendeau is head of the detective division.
The Town Council Wednesday also recognized and presented a certificate of Commendation to Officer Kathleen Kelley for outstanding performance of duty after she helped save the life of a driver who was pulled from a car found partially submerged in Wilson's Reservoir on May 28.