David M. DeCesare was sworn-in as Chief Sheriff of the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs on March 8, 2013. He is responsible for the daily operation, policy implementation and direction of the Sheriffs, to include the custody, safety, discipline, and well-being of prisoners and defendants in state courts and other buildings.
Chief DeCesare served in many capacities over his career, to include the Emergency Management Director for the Town of Johnston and Interim Director of the Johnston Fire Department while it was transitioning to a new leadership. Prior to his current appointment, he served 24 years on the Johnston Rhode Island Police Department, retiring with the rank of Deputy Chief.
Chief DeCesare holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and is a graduate of the 241st session of the FBI National Academy. He is a recipient of the Johnston Police Department’s Medal of Valor and the Rhode Island American Legion’s Medal of Valor.
It is the mission of the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs to provide the highest level of services to the Rhode Island Judiciary and Rhode Island Criminal Justice System while maintaining the greatest degree of integrity, impartiality, and confidentiality; to treat all individuals with the utmost respect, dignity, and fairness; to work with the Department of Corrections and all law enforcement agencies in a spirit of cooperation; to protect and provide security for all who enter the Rhode Island Courts while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and decorum.
The Division of Sheriffs is responsible for all statewide activities assigned by law which relate to the duties and functions of the sheriffs of the several counties and state marshals. Among its other responsibilities, the Division is also responsible for courtroom security and cellblocks in all state courthouses, training of personnel, transportation of individuals charged with crimes, and special operations.
Members of the Division of Sheriffs have the following powers and duties: