R.I State Police participate in honor patrol in memory of fallen Swansea officer

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Wednesday night, Rhode Island State Police are participating in a drunk driving victim honor patrol in memory of  Lieutenant Robert Cabral, a Swansea Massachusetts police officer who was killed by a drunk driver in 2005 while on duty.

“Tonight we have additional Troopers working across the state to apprehend and arrest drunk drivers in honor of Lieutenant Robert Cabral. We want our enhanced enforcement to send a clear message that we have zero tolerance for drunk driving,” said Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety.

“Many of us remember the night Lieutenant Cabral was killed and our Troopers will be working tonight thinking about his family and their loss,” he continued.

The Patrol is one of more than 30 victim honor patrols taking place until the first of January, 2021, as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

The campaign is organized through a partnership with MADD RI, local police departments and RIDOT’s Office on Highway safety.

Lieutenant Robert Cabral was a member of the Swansea Police Department for more than twenty-six years.

He was known as “Officer Bob” in Swansea, where he coached soccer and Little League and volunteered for the D.A.R.E. program.

He is survived by his two children, Mitchell and Alec.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2020

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