EAST PROVIDENCE, RI – The East Providence Police Department swore in eight new officers on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 outside of the East Providence police station as members of the East Providence police command staff, members of the officers’ families and city officials looked on.
The swearing in ceremony was atypical this year as the officers, command staff and officials all wore masks and practiced social distancing as families watched the ceremony from their cars.
The recruits endured 15 weeks in the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy before taking the oath of officers. It was the first graduating class since 2018.
“Although this graduation is far different than those in the past, it does not change the mission,” Chief William C. Nebus told the newly sworn officers. “Do not ruin what you have accomplished by losing sight of who you are when you change into this uniform.
“I place my trust in all of you …you have chosen to provide a service to the citizens of East Providence do not take this task lightly,” Nebus added.
“Be proud of what you have accomplished so far as this is only the beginning get ready for the most rewarding career.”
Mayor DaSilva swore in each of the eight officers and welcomed them into the city of East Providence family.
“It’s a journey, it’s a rewarding journey that will continue throughout your career,” DaSilva told the officers. “It’s something that you should be very proud of – to wear the badge of the East Providence Police Department because it is one of the finest in the state if not the whole nation.”
Officer Stephen Ohsberg
Officer Stephen Ohsberg has always sought to serve others and make his family proud. His parents have been his greatest influence. While attending Norwich University, he became determined to make law enforcement his chosen career, graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice. Officer Ohsberg looks forward to serving the residents of East Providence and building a relationship with the community.
Officer Peter Taaffe
Officer Peter Taaffe is one of six children and was raised in Central New York. He earned his associates degree from CCRI and has prior experience in security. He became a police officer to make a difference and is happy to get his chance in East Providence.
Officer Steven Dumond
Officer Steven Dumond is from Seekonk, Massachusetts and attended Southern New Hampshire University. Officer Dumond is from a law enforcement family and is committed to serving the residents of East Providence.
Officer Radhames Familia
Officer Radhames Familia is from Providence, RI. He attended the University of Rhode Island and is a combat veteran with the 101st Airborne Division. Officer Familia is also a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and looks forward to bringing his unique skills to East Providence.
Officer Robert Fontaine
Officer Robert Fontaine is from Seekonk, Mass. He earned his associates in Criminal Justice from Bristol Community College. His previous experience includes working as a correctional officer and working as a member of the RI Sheriff’s Department. Officer Fontaine looks forward to making a positive impact in East Providence.
Officer Jake Gelsomino
Officer Jake Gelsomino is proud to be the first in his family to become a police officer. He is from Barrington, RI and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Rhode Island. Officer Gelsomino is eager to serve the East Providence community.
Officer Joshua Johnson
Officer Joshua Johnson is from New Haven, Conn. He started his education at Post University, then transferred to Johnson & Wales University. Officer Johnson is an active member of the Rhode Island National Guard. Officer Johnson who was raised in foster care and group homes, first hand is passionate about serving the community and making a difference in East Providence.
Officer Matthew Martins
Officer Matthew Martins is a resident of East Providence. He graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a degree in computer networking. Previously serving as a dispatcher in Bristol, RI, Officer Martins looks forward to this next step in his career and serving the residents of East Providence.