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Former Warwick Police Major Joseph H. Tavares (right), who is now the Chief of Police in East Providence, joins Corey Bates, American Legion-Department of Rhode Island Commander, and Sgt. Diogo Mello at last Thursday evening’s Law and Order Awards Seminar at Post 10 in Riverside. Each year the R.I. American Legion honors police and firefighters who distinguish themselves in the line of duty through either bravery or merit. Mello was honored for the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the infamous “Bearded Bandit” who robbed banks in Rhode Island. Tavares read the account of Mello’s accomplishment prior to presenting a citation and medal.

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