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East Providence Police Officer Given Justice Award

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin recently honored Thomas Aguiar with an award for his work protecting the senior citizen population.

Editor's note: This is a release from the office of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin recently honored several individuals and organizations at the eighth annual Justice Awards. Among those honored was East Providence Police Officer Thomas Aguiar. The Justice Awards are given to individuals and community organizations in recognition of an extraordinary commitment to justice and the community, and are presented in honor of the eight previous Attorneys General.

East Providence Police Officer Thomas Aguiar serves as a Community Policing Officer and a Senior Citizens Police Advocate, where he works closely with the Office of Attorney General Elder Abuse Unit on various elder abuse investigations.  Officer Aguiar’s knowledge, experience and dedication to the elder community are recognized statewide. 

Due in great part to his effort, in 2011 elder abuse training was added to the curriculum at the Rhode Island Municipal and State Police Academies, where Officer Aguiar serves as one of the principal trainers and curriculum developers.

For his service to the law and for serving and protecting one of our most vulnerable populations, Officer Aguiar was presented with the Attorney General James O’Neil Justice Award for Senior Protection.

“It is an honor to recognize those, like Officer Aguiar, who are committed to protecting our community and our most treasured and most vulnerable population,” said Attorney General Kilmartin.  “Elder abuse can be difficult to recognize and the victim often unwilling or unable to report it.  Officer Aguiar has dedicated his career to protecting our elderly and is teaching a new generation of police officers how to recognize and investigate potential signs of elder abuse that may be present during routine patrol calls, but have often gone unrecognized in the past.”  

Nelson Almeida September 17, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Great job
Elizabeth September 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Congratulations Officer Tom!!!!!
William Rupp(Editor) September 18, 2012 at 07:48 AM
officer tom when you find the time can you get the drugs and hookers out of crescent park manor it has over run the place in the last 5 yrs?
Julie Silva September 18, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Congrats on a well-deserved honor ... thank you for the dedicated service and hard work you give to our community!
Valerie Perry September 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
This honor is certainly well deserved.....Officer Tom Aguiar is one of our finest, without a doubt!

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