Johnston Police Department promotes Officer Michael Martufi to sergeant


The Johnston Police Department promoted Officer Michael Martufi to the rank of sergeant during a ceremony held on Wednesday, April 20.

Mayor Joseph Polisena and Chief Joseph Razza oversaw the promotion at the department’s headquarters. Family and friends were in attendance, as well as fellow officers from the department.

“It is with great pride that I am able to promote Michael Martufi to the rank of sergeant as his promotion is well deserved,” said Chief Razza. “Sergeant Martufi is a dedicated officer who has a lot to offer in his new supervisory role and I know that he will excel in this position.”

Sgt. Martufi began his career with the Woonsocket Police Department in 2007. There, he served with distinction as a field training officer and a member of the special response team. He earned the American Legion Award for solving a serial arson case.

Martufi also participated in narcotics work with the Westerly Police Department. He spent three months undercover as a high school student, tasked with locating the supplier of illicit drugs being distributed to children, which resulted in several arrests. 

In 2013, Sgt. Martufi transferred to the Johnston Police Department, with aspirations to serve the community from which he grew up. With the department, he has served as a field training officer, special response team operator and team leader, earning department commendations for his performance.

Sgt. Martufi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Rhode Island College, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from Boston University and is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wake Forest University. Martufi also wrote a text book, “Professional Writing for the Criminal Justice System,” in 2017.

During the ceremony, Martufi’s gold sergeant’s badge was pinned on by his “best bud,” his son, Dillon. Sgt. Martufi is the son of Captain Michael Martufi, Sr. (ret.) and Karen Martufi, and is engaged to be married to his fiancé, Anai Bernabeu Merino, later this year.


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