Rhode Island city council names police station for late chief

(JOHNSTON, R.I.) -- He served in the department for 24 years, as its chief, and now the town's police station is named for the late William P. Tocco Jr., who died in September.

The Town Council, during a regular meeting Monday night, agreed unanimously to name the station for Tocco, who retired in 1995. Now the station is known as the William P. Tocco Jr. Police Command Complex.

Tocco, who would have been 70 later this month, also served as state senator for two years. In 1998 he ran for the District 28 Senate seat. However this year he lost a primary to Joseph Polisena, who held the seat before Tocco took it.

In its resolution, the council praised Tocco's leadership in the police department and credited him with modernizing the department and establishing an Explorer Post for the town's youth.

In the Senate, Tocco never failed to represent Johnston with honor, dignity and class, said the council proclamation.

Also, the council decreed that Sunday, Nov. 26, which would have been Tocco's 70th birthday, shall be Bill Tocco Day.

(iSyndicate; The Providence Journal-Bulletin; Nov. 16, 2000). Terms and Conditions: Copyright(c) 2000 LEXIS-NEXIS, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights Reserved.

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