Brothers, Cooper welcomed to city's police force

Posted 7/14/21

On July 6, Mayor Kenneth J. Hopkins, joined by Col. Michael J. Winquist and other members of the Cranston Police Department, swore in two police officers during a ceremony held at Cranston City Hall. Officers Brian P. Brothers and Kayleigh T. Cooper took

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Brothers, Cooper welcomed to city's police force

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On July 6, Mayor Kenneth J. Hopkins, joined by Col. Michael J. Winquist and other members of the Cranston Police Department, swore in two police officers during a ceremony held at Cranston City Hall.

Officers Brian P. Brothers and Kayleigh T. Cooper took the oath of office, witnessed by family members and friends in attendance.

Both Brothers and Cooper are joining the Cranston Police Department having served with other local police departments.

Brothers is a resident of Cranston. He graduated from Cranston High School West in 2011. While continuing his education at the University of Rhode Island, he was hired by the West Warwick Police Department. He graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy in 2015. He received a bachelor's degree from URI in 2017, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Criminal Justice at Roger Williams University.

While serving as a member of the West Warwick Police Department, Brothers was assigned as a patrol officer and, most recently, a school resource officer. In addition to his primary assignment, he served in various other units, including the Honor Guard, the West Warwick and Statewide peer support team, and the West Warwick-Coventry Regional SWAT Team. He is also a certified field training officer, crisis response trainer, crisis negotiator, and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement officer.

Brothers also completed the FBI Basic Negotiation Course, the RI Tactical Officer Operators Course, and several other advanced courses.

Cooper also comes to the Cranston Police Department with valuable law enforcement experience, formal education and advanced training.

Cooper graduated from St. Mary’s Academy Bay View in 2013. In 2015 she received an emergency basic medical technician certification and, in 2017, a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology from Bryant University.

In 2018, Cooper was hired by the Johnston Police Department, where she has served for the past three years. She also has advanced training as a certified field training officer. Additionally, she serves in our nation’s military after joining the Army National Guard in October of 2019. As a specialist, she is a combat medic who received the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

As a member of the Johnston Police Department, Cooper was honored for providing life-saving measures to the victim of a gunshot wound.

“Officers Brothers and Cooper were among the 493 applicants who participated in the most recent hiring process and earned their appointments,” Winquist said. “When many law enforcement agencies struggle to attract quality candidates throughout the country, the Cranston Police Department attracted more applicants than the previous two hiring processes. It is believed that the high level of interest can be attributed to the unwavering support our officers receive from our community and public officials and the stellar reputation our officers have earned within the law enforcement community. The Cranston Police Department and the citizens we serve will benefit greatly from officers Brothers’s and Cooper’s formal education, law enforcement experience, and advanced training. I wish them great success and safety throughout their careers.”

Added Hopkins: “I was pleased to swear in these fine individuals to our outstanding Police Department on Tuesday. Officers Brothers and Cooper are quality appointments who have extensive experience in other law enforcement agencies and will serve Cranston citizens well. The Cranston Police Department continues to attract members throughout the state due to the respect they receive from the citizens they serve and the continued investment made to the department by our city. Our Police Department is proud to be recognized as an accredited law enforcement agency by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission. Opportunities within the Cranston Police Department are extensive, and I wish Officers Brothers and Cooper well throughout their careers.”

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