Pawtucket police promote two officers

Pawtucket police promote two officers

PAWTUCKET - Two police officers were promoted in a ceremony last Thursday in City Council chambers at Pawtucket City Hall. The ceremony was attended by top city officials, including Mayor Donald Grebien, fellow officers, family and friends.

Christopher E. LeFort, 44, a 22-year police veteran, was promoted from detective to sergeant, succeeding to a vacancy created by the recent retirement of Sgt. Roy Clary. A veteran of the U.S. Navy (1987-1990) and Army National Guard (1991-1994), LeFort holds an associate's degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University. A city resident, he is a 2013 graduate of the Rhode Island Sheriffs Academy. He and his wife, Michele, who pinned his badge at the ceremony, have two children, Riya, 15, and Jakob, 13.

Robert Cardente, 43, was promoted from patrol officer to detective. Cardente holds a master's degree in criminal justice and a graduate degree in digital forensics from Roger Williams University. He has received one commendation, two merit awards and two excellence awards for service with the department, and in April received the 2014 Exceptional Service Award from the Massachusetts Juvenile Police Officers Association.

A member of the department since 1999, he is an instructor in several areas, including firearms and use of force. He has served as school resource officer at Tolman High School since June 2008. He and his wife, Kelly, have two children, Noah, 7, and Cassie, 5. His badge was pinned by his mother, Sharon Poirier.

Administration and Public Safety Director Antonio Pires, with Police Chief Paul King also officiating, swore in both officers to their new ranks and noted the sacrifices that families of police officers are called upon to make. The police chaplain, the Rev. Joseph Paquette, gave the invocation and benediction.