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WARWICK, R.I (WLNE) -  After he held the position on an interim basis, The Community College of Rhode Island announced U.S Army veteran and retired Warwick Police Major, Sean Collins as its Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety. 

Collins implemented a number of important initiatives since joining the college, including the addition of non-lethal weapons to the CCRI Police department, developing a college-wide opioid crisis response, and improving the quality of Clery Act reporting. 

Collins also started the process to attain accreditation of the campus police from the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission. 

He began his career in law enforcement with the Warwick Police Department, where he served for 26 years and eventually retired as Major of Operations. 

As the department's Captain of Community Services Division, and Community Police Sergeant, Collins increased the number of community neighborhood groups in Warwick and introduced the city to "National Night Out," an annual, country-wide police event that encourages positive interactions between resident and members of law enforcement. 

Prior to joining CCRI, Collins also served as Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. 

In addition to his work in the police force, Collins served 28 years in the United States Army, both as active duty and as a member of the Army Reserves. 

As a Special Agent-in-Charge of a Criminal Investigation Unit, including service in both Korea and Iraq, Collins was assigned to U.S Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, as a member of his protection detail following 9/11. 

Collins was also a first responder during he 9/11 attack on he Pentagon, working on the crime scene in evidence collection and remains retrieval. 

Collins is a resident of Warwick, R.I and earned his Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and obtained a certificate in emergency management and as an emergency medical technician from CCRI. 

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