Joan Collins retired from Rhode Island State Police in June 2021 after 28 years of service. From 1996 to 2021 she served as Police Communications Specialist Supervisor overseeing the RILETS Telecommunications Unit. Joan was the RISF/NCIC Quality Assurance Officer, responsible for auditing and training all RILETS users within Rhode Island.
Other duties and assignments throughout the years involved assisting with implementation, developing procedures and training for Abducted Children (AMBER) Alerts, Missing Senior Citizen (SILVER) Alerts, and Violent Threats against Police (BLUE) Alerts. She also served as the Sex Offender Database manager, Rhode Island Most Wanted site manager, and worked with the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (RIICAC).
Prior to working with Rhode Island State Police, Joan worked with the Warwick, RI, Police Department from 1982 to 1992 as a Communications Dispatch Clerk and Communications Specialist Dispatcher. From 1989-1994 Joan served as a Reserve Police Officer with Warwick Police.