Burrillville native, BHS graduate, joins the ranks of BPD


BURRILLVILLE – A town native and 2016 graduate from Burrillville High School took the oath of office this week as a member of the Burrillville Police Department.

Probationary Patrol Officer Ian Richardson was introduced to town officials Wednesday, June 22 by Col. Stephen Lynch.

Richardson was a four-year member of the BHS wrestling team, also playing Broncos football during his time at the school. He received an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Community College of Rhode Island in 2020, graduating with a 3.81 GPA. Richardson is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree at Rhode Island College

Prior to starting his career in law enforcement, Richardson was employed by Harmony Hill School as a counselor to youth residing in the Glocester residential treatment program. He has also worked for the Crystal Lake Golf Course and Security Services of Lowell.

BPD’s newest officer graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy in December of 2021 and started in at the Woonsocket Police Department that same month. He transferred to BPD in May.

“I come from Woonsocket. I hope this is the most boring career that you ever have,” joked Councilor Jeremy Bailey.

“It won’t be,” replied Lynch.

Richardson was sworn in last month, but took the official oath of office following completion of his training, administered by Town Clerk Vicki Martin at the Burrillville Town Council meeting on Wednesday surrounded by family, friends and colleagues.

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