Paul J. Gingerella

Patrolman, Westerly Police Department


Lives in Westerly


Paul was born and raised in Westerly. In 2004, he was sworn in as patrolman with the Westerly Police Department. He has qualified as an expert sharp shooter for many years and is extremely thorough with his investigations. He is known for his ethics, professionalism, and for displaying a high level of compassion towards all.

After performing three years of exemplary service to the community with the police department, Paul sought to expand his contribution to his hometown. He joined the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life committee and has taken on increasing responsibilities and leadership roles ever since. Paul has been involved with all aspects of this major fundraiser including recruitment of teams, public relations, sponsorships and logistics. He organized a kickball tournament to raise funds, and with the help of 15 teams, raised $7,000 over three years. Paul’s efforts and enthusiasm producing this tournament have had a unifying effect on the department members and have fostered an environment whereby citizens have a chance to interact with police officer in their community on a personal level. In 2001, Paul ascended to the position of co-chairman, leading a committee of 30 and coordinating the activities of more than 100 volunteers. During his tenure as co-chair, the Relay has raised almost $250,000, adding to the $3 million raised in the 15-year history of the Westerly Relay. Paul participates in the Adam Trombino basketball tournament. In 2009, he and other Westerly police officers, coordinated efforts to provide Christmas gift to local children in families with significantly limited resources. In 2010, Paul responded to a wellbeing check of a suicidal male, despondent over the fact he could not provide for his family during the holidays. After giving assistance and stabilizing the situation, Paul worked with two other officers and provided this man with gifts for his children. Also in 2010, Paul eagerly offered his personal time to prepare for months as a dancer for the annual Dancing With the Stars Westerly event, a fundraiser for the Bradford Elementary School.


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