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November 6th, 2006

Providence Considers Establishing a Cold Case Squad

esserman2.jpg “It’s not just about taking this old case off the shelf,” says Andy Rosenzweig, director of Cold Case Forum in Newport, RI. “It’s about what are they doing now.” That’s a quote from this article about a possible new cold case unit in Rhode Island.

The picture is of Col. Dean M. Esserman, the Providence police chief. Interesting guy. I found this bio on the Vera Institute of Justice website:

Dean M. Esserman (2005) is chief of police of the Providence Police Department and one of only a handful of federally appointed police monitors in the nation. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Police Executive Research Forum, a policing think tank. From 1998 to 2001, he led the Stamford, Connecticut, Police Department as its chief; and from 1993 to 1998, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro North Police Department in New York as its chief. He was assistant chief of police in New Haven, Connecticut, from 1991 to 1993 and counsel to Chief William Bratton of the New York City Transit Police from 1987 to 1991. He began his career as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York.

Quite the achiever!

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  • 1 Karen martin // Jul 22, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    My nephew arthur olink and his best friend Matthew cpyr were murdered in Providence a double murder in Providence it was behind the Boys & Girls Club and it is a cold case and I also would like this to be in the cold case files and if you need to contact me this is his aunt and my phone number is 401-696-5887 thank you

  • 2 Stacy Horn // Aug 4, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Karen, I’m so sorry about the terrible loss of your nephew. I’d suggest reading through my list of instructions listed here:

    Not all of the instructions will apply to your particular situation, please just take what is useful, and then I recommend reaching out to Major David A. Lapatin. He is the Commanding Officer of the Providence Police Department investigative unit which includes cold cases. His number and email: 401-243-6111,

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