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Newport Police Department
Chief Ryan G. Duffy

120 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840

Emergency: 911 or (401) 847-1212
Non-emergency & Records: (401) 847-1306
Annonymous Tips: (401) 846-2606

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Contact Information

Newport Police Department
Chief Ryan G. Duffy

120 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840

Emergency: 911 or (401) 847-1212
Non-emergency & Records: (401) 847-1306
Annonymous Tips: (401) 846-2606

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 Mission Statement

The mission of the Newport Police Department is to provide excellence in police service through aggressive pursuit of violators of the law and the prevention of crime and disorderliness. This will be accomplished by forging a partnership with the citizenry of Newport to enhance the quality of life, reduce the fear of crime, preserve the peace, and impartially enforce the law, while maintaining a higher standard of integrity than is generally expected of others, and respecting the dignity of each individual. Our services will be rendered with courtesy, civility, and in adherence to the provisions of the Constitution of the United States.

A Message from the Chief of Police
On behalf of the women and men of the Newport Police Department, I would like to personally welcome you to our police department's web page within our city’s website. It is my hope that these pages are a useful place for visitors desiring information on the various programs and services that our police department provides. 
The Newport Police Department is a premier police agency in New England.  Newport is a dynamic waterfront community embracing a diverse residential, collegiate, and military population alongside an international and domestic visitor population estimated to be 5 million annually.  As police officers in Newport, we are responsive to the needs of local residents, businesses, and visitors from all over the world.  The highest values of our department include INTEGRITY, EMPATHY, PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE and ACCOUNTABILITY.  As the Chief of Police, I am committed to leading our brave sworn and dedicated civilian staff on a path of providing police services consistent with our department values.  We place significant importance on the relationships we develop in our Newport community and strive to partner with community members and other city public services to resolve problems, protect the public and solve crimes. Policing today is complicated, dangerous, and dynamic.  The profession requires practitioners who possess patience, dedication, decisiveness and compassion. The Newport Police Department employs the highest quality police officers and civilian staff.  We continuously seek diverse talented people to join our team of guardians as law enforcement first responders.  

As the Chief of Police I am accessible to members of the public who wish to provide feedback or offer solutions to issues of community interest.  Please use the services offered on the City of Newport’s website and the Police Department pages as your first access point to the police department. If you have an emergency, please call 911 or the Police Department’s emergency number 401-847-1212.

City of Newport
Chief of Police
Ryan G. Duffy

Ryan G. Duffy was sworn in as the Chief of Police for the City of Newport on June 9th, 2023 after several months in the position of Interim Chief of Police.  Chief Duffy has over 20 years total leadership experience between the EMS profession as a paramedic and within the law enforcement profession as a police officer.  Chief Duffy has been a sworn member of the Newport Police Department since 2000.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and is a student in the Master’s Degree program for Leadership Dynamics and Practice at Salve Regina University.  The personal values he holds highest include family, integrity, empathy and public service.


Administrative Services

The Administrative Service Division is responsible for functions such as the Office of Professional Standards, Accreditation, Training, Records, Fleet Management as well as Property and Facilities.


Patrol Division

The principal functions of the Uniformed Patrol Division are to prevent crime and delinquency, protect life and property, preserve the public peace, and regulate traffic. The Uniform Patrol Division (UPD) is responsible for providing immediate calls for service in response to all emergency and non-emergency complaints.

Criminal Investigations

The principal functions of CID are detectives who conduct thorough and in-depth follow-up investigations of crime and delinquency committed in the City of Newport, recovery of stolen property, preparing criminal cases for prosecution, maintaining a constant analysis of ongoing crime trends, and employing proactive measures to reduce crime through concentrated investigation of specific crimes and/or criminals. 

In the Community

How to File a Complaint

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Traffic Enforcement

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Community Policing

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Frequently Asked Questions

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In the Community

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Help keep Newport's neighborhoods safe for all. If you have a home security camera, please consider signing up for the City's confidential Community Camera Program. Footage from video surveillance cameras is one of the best methods for identifying and apprehending criminals, and is an important tool in keeping neighborhoods safe.  
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News & Events

Latest News


Annual Santa’s Ride to Kick Off Tuesday, Dec. 12th
NEWPORT, R.I. (THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 2023) – With the holiday season officially upon us, the City of Newport is once again busy preparing for the return of Santa’s nightly rides.

Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 12th, Santa will be escorted by Newport’s Fire and Police Departments for his annual tour of Newport’s neighborhoods.


Innovative Noise Camera System Set to Debut Later This Year
NEWPORT, R.I. (WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2023) – In an effort to crack down on noise pollution, the City of Newport is preparing to deploy a first of its kind smart enforcement system that will be capable of identifying and capturing noise violations in real-time.
The system, which pairs the City’s existing traffic camera capabilities with new sound-detecting technology, is intended to help close an enforcement gap encountered by the City’s Police and Zoning officials while responding to suspected noise violations by providing the City with pinpointed real-time data on excessive and potentially harmful decibel levels.

All Invited to Learn More about School Zone Traffic Cameras

NEWPORT, R.I. -- The Newport Police Department is organizing an informational meeting to discuss the potential implementation of an Automated Traffic Enforcement Camera system in the school zones of Newport. This system aims to improve road safety by monitoring and enforcing traffic regulations in these areas.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for community members, parents, and concerned individuals to ask questions, and gather more information about this proposed system. The Newport Police Department supports technologies and programs that enhance public safety and has a positive impact to residential quality of life.

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  Calendar of Events

School Building Committee

The School Building Committee is responsible for overseeing the construction of the new Rogers High School

Zoning Board of Review

The Zoning Board of Review is responsible for overseeing and administering the City's zoning code in a fair and equitable fashion.  Click here for an agenda

City Council Meeting

The City Council serves as a the primary decision making body for the City. Join us for its regular monthly meeting, held in the Second Floor Council Chambers at City Hall. Click here to read an agenda and to view the meeting online.

Planning Board Meeting

The Planning Board is the steward for the City's Comprehensive Plan, which sets the long-term goal for the City and is a key measure by which large development projects and zoning relief are evaluated. ​

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