- Associated Press - Friday, February 17, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police is being hired as a consultant to help the Rhode Island State Police improve its recruitment and training and help build a more diverse department.

State Police Superintendent Col. Ann Assumpico said Friday that Terrance Gainer and his team of experts will conduct a six-month assessment to help guide future policies. The team’s work will cost $225,000.

Gainer was director of the Illinois State Police before moving to Washington in 1998. He was second-in-command to the Metropolitan Police Department before becoming chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, and later served as sergeant-at-arms of the U.S. Senate.

Assumpico says a settlement with Google will cover the $225,000 cost. Money forfeited by the company has gone to agencies that helped investigate Google’s advertising practices.

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