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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 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.


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. 

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News & Events

Latest News

Duffy Named Newport's New Police Chief

Swearing In Ceremony Set for Friday at City Hall
NEWPORT, R.I. (TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2023) – Acting Police Chief Ryan Duffy, a 23-year veteran of the Newport Police Department, has been named the City’s next Police Chief.

He replaces former Police Chief Gary Silva, who retired earlier this year after more than 35 years with the City, including his last 12 as Chief. 

As Acting Chief and a member of the Department’s leadership team, Duffy has steadily risen through the ranks over his nearly 23-year career with the City. He was one of four internal candidates who interviewed for the job, and one of two finalists to take part in a public forum last week.

Newport’s New Parking Rates, Rules Set to Begin July 1st

Changes Include New Rates, 2 Hours Free Resident Parking
NEWPORT, R.I. (TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2023) – Newport residents will be getting two hours of free daily parking at all metered spaces when the City’s new parking rates go into effect on July 1st

In addition to allowing for two free hours at metered spots every day, the new parking program will also afford residents three free hours of parking per day at the City’s Mary Street Lot, which is located off Thames Street adjacent to Queen Anne Square. 

City Seeks Input on Police Chief Search

Online Survey Seeks Community Input on Newport’s Next Police Chief
NEWPORT, R.I. (TUESDAY, APRIL 11th, 2023) – As part of its search for a new Chief of Police, the City of Newport on Tuesday released an online community survey intended to help better inform the City’s hiring process.

Community stakeholders are encouraged to fill out the survey – in English or in Spanish – by visiting

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  Calendar of Events

Cliff Walk Commission

The Cliff Walk Commission is charged with overseeing the maintainence, operations, and activities of the City's historic Cliff Walk. Click here for an agenda

City Council Workshop

City Councilors will be meeting to discuss Climate Change, Stormwater, and Flooding in the North End. 

Tree & Open Space Commission

The Tree & Open Space Commission is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the City's parks, trees, and open space. 

City Council Meeting

The City Council serves as a the primary decision making body for the City. Join us for its regular monthly meeting. Click here to read an agenda and to view the meeting online.

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