SPD partners with artist to raise funds for high school seniors

SPD partners with artist to raise funds for high school seniors

Smithfield Police Chief Richard St. Sauveur and photographer Bryan Baron teamed up to put images of police cruisers, the station and more on coasters and mouse pads to promote Baron’s business, Double B Photography, support the police station during the holidays, and raise funds for the Smithfield High School senior class. (Breeze photos by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SMITHFIELD – Working with Bryan Baron of Double B Photography to raise funds for the Smithfield High School seniors and his business, Smithfield Police Chief Richard St. Sauveur said the collaboration is a “four-time winning situation.”

The two are running a campaign selling Smithfield Police Department coasters and mouse pads featuring Baron’s photography depicting department cruisers, the “Thin Blue Line” flag representing police officers, and the police station.

With St. Sauveur’s analysis, Baron gets publicity for his business, the SPD gets community support, Smithfield High School seniors receive money for events, and purchasers receive a great gift for the holidays.

Baron, 25, is a local legend and “all-around great guy,” said the chief, who has worked with Baron, who has the developmental disability dystonia, several times in the past.

After Baron graduated from Smithfield High School in 2014, he began looking for jobs and found he did not like any, according to his mother, Sue Baron. To occupy his time, he took a photography class and discovered he has an eye for capturing natural landscapes, animals, and anything outdoors.

“As an alumni, Bryan is happy to be able to help out and support students at the high school,” she said.

Baron took a self-employment business class with the Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council, and began Double B two years ago. He sells his photos in various forms at local farmers markets.

St. Sauveur follows Sue on social media and said he was fond of the newest work he was doing. He said he knew there was an opportunity to promote Baron’s business while supporting the department, all in the name of a good cause.

St. Sauveur contacted Baron and invited him to do a photoshoot with the department’s vehicles and building.

“They all turned out fantastic. They’re pretty sharp,” the chief said.

He added that the items make great stocking stuffers for the coming holiday season, with funds going to help support the community. St. Sauveur said he’s supported high school seniors in the past, and knew support this year would be even more important.

“I feel for the seniors this year and wanted to do something special for them, or help them do something special,” St. Sauveur said.

Each coaster is $6, and mouse pads are $12. Orders can be made at doubleb-photography.square.site/ and will be available for pickup at the Smithfield Police Station, 215 Pleasant View Ave.

Baron’s images on coasters and mouse pads feature Smithfield Police Department cruisers and the station as well as the “Thin Blue Line” flag representing police officers.