Patrolwoman Doreen A. Tomlinson

Patrolwoman Doreen A. Tomlinson

Pawtucket Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Tuesday, June 26, 1984

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Doreen A. Tomlinson

Patrolwoman Doreen Tomlinson was killed when she lost control of her patrol car during a high-speed chase on Power Road. When her patrol car went through a gravelly portion of the road, it fish-tailed, causing it to go out of control and struck a back-hoe and a utility pole.

Patrolwoman Tomlinson had been with the Pawtucket Police Department for seven months. She was survived by her parents, four brothers, and one sister.

Patrolwoman Tomlinson was the first woman law enforcement officer killed in Rhode Island. Her father was a Captain in the Pawtucket Police Department.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge 142

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

single vehicle crash, vehicle pursuit

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Auntie Dor,

We never met. That doesn’t change the fact that you have been kept alive by our family every day since you have been gone. I never knew you were so young. Forever 22. Reading all of these reflections prove just how much you made an impact in that short time. I hope you and Grammie are at peace. We love you always.

your brother John’s daughter

November 22, 2021

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