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 served 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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Patrolwoman Tomlinson, it has been 40 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your 7 months of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

June 26, 2024

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