Chief’s Biography

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Colonel  Anthony Roberson began his law enforcement career in 2002 as a patrol officer with the Providence Police Department. He previously served as a member of the Patrol Bureau, UCR/IBR Coordinator, a member of the Neighborhood Response Team Task Force, School Resource Officer, Sergeant, Commanding Officer of the Records Bureau, as well as serving as a Detective in the Youth Service Division, acted as the Juvenile Hearing Board liaison and instructed on cultural competency and diversity for the police academy.

Colonel Roberson is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School Executive Education, Cornell University Women in Leadership, Harvard University Extension School in Effective Organizational Communication, Roger Williams University Leadership Development and Organizational Learning in Policing, FBI National Command College and is an alum of the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute’s Chief Executive Law Enforcement Program.

Colonel Roberson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bellevue University, a Master of Science Degree from Boston University in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Strategic Management, and a Post-Master’s Degree in Education, as well as a Doctorate Degree in Education.  In addition, he is a State certified teacher in Criminal Justice.

Colonel Roberson is the recipient of numerous accolades. He was the first in Rhode Island to be selected to receive the United States Department of Justice Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing. He was also the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public service, an inductee into the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall of Fame for the City of Providence, an awardee of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association for Community Policing, an honoree of the NAACP Medgar Evers Award, a recipient of the President George Bush Sr. Point of Light Award, and selected as a “Men Who Make a Difference” by the Women’s Resource Center in addition to receiving other recognitions.
Colonel Roberson also serves on the Board of Directors for the Sojourner House, an agency that combats domestic violence, while also being a board member for the Paramedic Advisors for Roger Williams University.
Dr. Anthony Roberson has implemented several award winning efforts such as the “Handshake Initiative”, “Shop with a Cop”, the “Bicycle Summer Safety Program” and the “Leading Ladies Initiative”.

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