Online Payments Offline Temporarily

Effective July 1st, the City of Newport will be introducing a new software program that will help streamline operations for City staff. Please note that while customers will still be able to conduct normal business inside City Hall, residents are advised that certain functions, including online payments, are expected to be impacted through July 18th.

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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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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Open Application Process for Certified, Out of State and Entry-Level Police Officers
from 07/05/24 to 09/03/24
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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

File a complaint against an officer and learn more about the process

Traffic Enforcement

Pay a parking ticket, learn about our resident parking programs, and more

How to Become a Police Officer

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Community Policing

Meet our neighborhood Community Police officers

Frequently Asked Questions

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In the Community

Sign Up for our Neighborhood Camera Registry

Sign Up for our Neighborhood Camera Registry

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

Washington Square Traffic Detour Starting March 18

Water Main Repair Set to Begin Next Week
NEWPORT, R.I. (FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2024) – Motorists are advised that beginning the week of March 18th, the City’s utility contractor, Boyle & Fogarty Inc., will begin work at Thames Street and Washington Square to replace an aging water main. 

While overnight work is scheduled as part of the project, this phase will be performed during daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and will require detours.


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.

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

Energy & Environment Commission

The mission of the Energy & Environment Commission is to advise the Council and educate the public on energy-efficiency, renewable energy and the environment, to foster a more sustainable community.

Click here for an agenda

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

Energy & Environment Commission Summer Forum

 Climate Change & Aquidneck Island

What environmental changes have Newport and surrounding municipalities seen in the recent past, and what can we expect as climate change continues to impact the area? Explore impending threats and strategies for resilience with a panel of experts, including:

  • Dawn Euer. Rhode Island State Senator
  • Professor Stephen Porder, Associate Provost for Sustainability, Brown University 
  • Topher Hamblett, Executive Director, Save the Bay  

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.

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