Former Racine police Chief Jim Carvino died Sunday in Boise, ID, at the age of 81 after a battle with a long illness.

An obituary at reported Carvino’s death.

Carvino served as the chief in Racine from 1977 to 1984 and hired current police Chief Art Howell as well as Lt. Chuck Weitzel. Howell said he and Weitzel never actually served under Carvino because he moved to a new job in Washington, D.C.

“Lt. Weitzel and I were in the police academy during the final months of Chief Carvino’s tenure. We never had a chance to work for him, as he moved on to another job shortly after we graduated from the police academy,” Howell told Racine County Eye in an email.

A department annual report in 1977 detailed Carvino’s 22-year career with the NYPD, and highlighting the changes he introduced in Racine:

  • Adding a staff investigator dedicated to police misconduct
  • Created a weapons board to look into incidents during which police fire their weapons
  • Helped design an agility course for police officers

In that 1977 report, Carvino compared an NYPD officer to an RAPD officer, saying that Racine cops had more experience because of the various tasks officers were required to perform including evidence collection, photographing a crime scene, and investigating a traffic accident.

“There’s a lot more volume in a big city, more excitement because a lot more is going on,” he’s quoted in the report. “But the guys here surprise me because they have a lot more expertise than a New York City patrolman.”