A new caucus has formed in the Rhode Island House of Representatives to represent the men and women who work in Public Safety.
The newly formed Police and Firefighter caucus will include eight members of the House of Representatives who have worked as police or firefighters.
Rep. Joseph Almeida and Rep. Scott Guthrie will chair the caucus which will focus on the safety, training, and education for first responders as well as other issues that will affect them.
"Police and firefighters have a lot to offer the General Assembly, because we all have first-hand knowledge of the practical problems and challenges on the streets and in our cities and towns. We hope that this caucus will help put that know-how to good use, both to better serve the public and to help police and firefighters stay safe on the job," said Representative Almeida (D-Dist. 12, Providence), a retired Providence police officer.
Members of the committee include Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton), a retired Portsmouth police officer; Rep. John M. Carnevale (D-Dist. 13, Providence, Johnston), a retired Providence police officer; Rep. Stephen Casey (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket), a Woonsocket firefighter; Rep. Raymond A. Hull (D-Dist. 6, Providence, North Providence), a Providence police officer; Rep. Raymond H. Johnston Jr. (D-Dist. 61, Pawtucket), a Pawtucket police officer; and Rep. Robert B. Jacquard (D-Dist. 17, Cranston), a retired Cranston police officer.