PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Pawtucket has its first female police chief.

Chief Tina Goncalves was sworn into office Friday by Democratic Mayor Donald Grebien at a ceremony attended by politicians and law enforcement officials from across the state.

Goncalves has served in the department for nearly two decades, including stints in patrol, major crimes and detective units. She’s been acting chief since Chief Paul King retired earlier this year. She’s also a licensed attorney in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Last year, Col. Ann Assumpico became the first woman to lead the Rhode Island State Police when she was tapped by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, who is the state’s first female governor.

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