Captain Ann Assumpico becomes the first woman to take command of the Rhode Island State Police

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A state police captain will become the first woman to take command of the Rhode Island state law enforcement agency, Governor Raimondo's office announced Thursday morning.  Capt. Ann C. Assumpico, a 59-year-old Rhode Island native, has been chosen by Raimondo.  Assumpico will succeed Col. Steven O’Donnell, who retired in September.  The governor will introduce her to the public at 11:30 Thursday morning.  O'Donnell, who retired Sept. 23 and is now chief executive of the Greater Providence YMCA, declined comment Wednesday night prior to the governor's announcement of the appointment.  On Thursday, O'Donnell said that Assumpico has "decades of law enforcement experience with 25 years "in the boots and britches of the Rhode Island state police," and she'll have the "full faith, trust and confidence" of state troopers.  "I hold her in the highest regard as I'm the person that promoted her to captain," O'Donnell said.  O'Donnell said that the organization's readiness for leadership from a woman isn't a matter that's worthy of a lot of focus.  "We don't see gender," he said. "We see a state trooper."  It is expected that O'Donnell will be joined in the State room Thursday morning by former state police commanders Steven M. Pare and Brendan Doherty.  Assumpico's ascension to superintendent would move her past a number of state police leaders who hold higher ranking positions, including the agency's interim superintendent, Lt. Col. Kevin Barry.  Assumpico, a 24-year police veteran, is director of training for the state police, which puts her at No. 7 in the chain of command.   As the agency's training director, Assumpico has overseen daily operations of the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy and the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy, according to the state police website.  Prior to joining the state police, she served eight years as a corrections officer at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston.  She was a member of the ACI’s tactical team, holding the rank of assistant squad leader.  She also served seven years as a police officer in Coventry.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University and a master’s degree in justice administration from Salve Regina University.