BPD hires three new officers

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BURRILLVILLE – Three new patrolman have joined the Burrillville Police Department, each bringing a unique background and skill set to the force, with a lifelong town resident, a former military police officer, and a former alarm dispatcher from Attleboro, Mass. joining the line of command.

Colonel Stephen Lynch introduced the department’s newest members during a ceremony Wednesday, July 11 at the town’s Public Safety Complex.

Patrolman Ryan Turner is a Thompson, Conn. resident who graduated from Bay Path Regional Tech High School in Charlton, Mass. Turner enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. and served from 2010 – 2014 as a military police officer, pistol, and rifle marksmanship coach. He worked in property management in Massachusetts and at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn.

Patrolman Ryan Turner starts the lineup of new officers during Wednesday night’s swearing in ceremony.

He is married to Erin Turner, a nurse who works in Worcester, Mass.

Patrolman Geoffrey Cicatiello is a lifelong resident of Burrillville. He graduated from Mount Saint Charles Academy in 2013 and went onto Rhode Island College, graduating with a major in justice studies in 2017.

Cicatiello previously worked for Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management as a park ranger, and as a security officer at Gillette Stadium.

Cicatiello, who lives in Harrisville, was accompanied Wednesday night by his mother and father, step-mother and grandmother.

Patrolman Eric Harris graduated from Attleboro High School in 2012 and received an Associate’s degree in criminal justice from the Community College of Rhode Island in 2017.

Prior to entering the Rhode Island Police Training Academy, he was employed at CVS Health security as an alarm dispatcher. Harris currently lives in Providence.

Town Clerk Louise Phaneuf shakes hand with the new officers.

“I can say without reservation Eric Harris is the fastest police officer on foot in the state of Rhode Island,” said Lynch. “So we have an outstanding runner, an outstanding goalie and an outstanding marksman.”

The new officers were sworn in by Town Clerk Louise Phaneuf.

From left are Patrolmen Ryan Turner, Patrolman Geoffrey Cicatiello and Patrolman Eric Harris.