A Message from the Chief of Police
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.
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 have to be responsive to the needs of local residents, businesses, and visitors from all over the world. The highest values of our department include INTEGRITY, EMPATHY, 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.
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