PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association is pleased to announce Bristol Police Lt. To honor Steven St. Pierre with the Association’s 2021 Exemplary Service Award.
Lt. St. Pierre was presented with the award on Tuesday 15th November at the association’s fair.
The award recognizes a Rhode Island police officer who has made outstanding contributions to the law enforcement community in the areas of exceptional bravery, crime prevention, detective work, community service and relationships, youth work, drug control and prevention, training, traffic safety, mentoring, and/or innovative approaches to the public safety.
In his nomination, Bristol Police Chief Kevin Lynch wrote, among other things: “I commend Lt. St. Pierre without hesitation for this year’s RIPCA award to recognize other city police departments and show how a leader can make a significant difference in his/her community.”
He continued, “I am beyond impressed with the passion and vision of Lt. Getting St. Pierre, the community and the police department to work together. Any police department and police chief would benefit immensely from a leader with the level of empathy, composure, and professionalism that Lt. St. Pierre demonstrated daily.”
Lt. St. Pierre began his career in psychiatry. He is now with Bristol Police and has worked with Bristol’s Health Equity Zone (HEZ) and East Bay Mental Health (EBMH) on several initiatives since 2015. Most recently, he developed the Bristol Safe Station, a 24/7 initiative that allows anyone to go to the Bristol Police Department and speak to on duty staff to be instantly connected to treatment support and services.
In the field of addiction prevention, Lt. St. Pierre established the Recovery Rack Card program in 2016, connecting individuals with recovery resources. The program was started to address recovery referrals for people who refused transport to hospital and is now provided for every overdose response. Also in 2016, he secured Narcan for the department and conducted training on its use and secured grants to replenish Narcan supplies each year from 2018 through 2022.
He has also worked with HEZ to open a recovery center at St Michael’s Community House and Reynolds School in Bristol and to launch a Naloxbox program with 11 locations around the city where people can access free Narcan.
Lt. St. Pierre has been heavily involved in drug prevention education and guidance within the community, participating in opioid crisis and overdose forums, joining the Governor’s Opioid Overdose Task Force, and working with HEZ to launch and coordinate an annual recovery rally City of Bristol to celebrate recovery efforts and raise awareness of substance use disorders and related issues, and participate in the monthly HEZ Substance Use Prevention Committee meetings.
Regarding the recent efforts of Lt. St. Pierre has included working with the University of Rhode Island to assemble kits of referral information and doses of Narcan for officers to leave at the scene after an emergency overdose response, and working to expand and secure additional support for the Bristol Safe station.
In addition, Lt. St. Pierre worked as a narcotics detective and made one
Efforts to seek and pursue means of evading jail for eligible individuals.
In the field of suicide prevention, Lt. St. Pierre worked with HEZ to identify the Mount Hope Bridge as an area of concern and worked to obtain a large sign announcing local resources and a 24/7 emergency number. He also worked with Roger Williams University to examine data on service calls for the Mount Hope Bridge, participated in public policy work related to Bridge Barriers and universal reporting of suicidal reactions on the bridge, and secured grants for the installation of Cameras on the bridge.
In addition, Lt. St. Pierre, with support from HEZ and the Michael Patton Foundation, has had great success in coordinating a local suicide prevention gun buyback program.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lt. St. Pierre in the planning and implementation of a local vaccination clinic, operating 27 clinics over the course of approximately four months, and assisted 24 rapid COVID-19 testing clinics in the city.
In the community, Lt. St Pierre designed the Bristol Police Youth Academy, a youth leadership camp run, staffed and sponsored by the department. It engages youth in team building and empowerment activities, has helped hundreds of Bristol children and has proven to be a catalyst in maintaining and fostering positive relationships with the community.
The leadership program has a theme for each camp day and includes interactive games, activities and skill building. The academy aims to educate children in the areas of leadership, integrity, respect, honesty, teamwork, communication and courage. The camp also aims to develop leaders and includes short lessons on law enforcement, anti-bullying and drug prevention.
Lt. St. Pierre also designed the first-ever women’s self-defense class for the department and partnered with students at Mount Hope High Schools to film an active rifleman training tutorial.
“Lt. St. Pierre demonstrates his passion for service to the Bristol community and has made outstanding contributions to the Bristol Police Department and the community at large,” said RIPCA President and Narragansett Police Commissioner Sean Corrigan. “We are pleased, Lt. St. Pierre to present this year’s award in recognition of his efforts.”
The RIPCA Awards are sponsored by Motorola.