The Newport Police Department was the first police department in the State of Rhode Island to implement the philosophy of Community Policing in 1989. The unit has received national acclaim for its approaches to problem solving strategies and programming, which serve as a model for other police departments.
The Newport Police Department's Community Oriented Policing Unit, commanded by Lieutenant Joe Carroll, is part of the Patrol Division. The Community Policing Unit has Four Community Policing Officers, each of whom is assigned to a specific area in the city and will also perform as School Resource Officers (SRO) in a liason capacity.
The Community-Oriented Police Officers will be assigned networking responsibilities within specific neighborhoods to identify and resolve relevant problems in cooperation with residents, businesses, social groups, and other government agencies. Problem-solving and pro-active crime reductions are the central missions of the Community-Oriented Police Officer in an effort to provide more effective and long-lasting results.
The School Resource Officer (SRO) liason function will be available to handle conflicts as needed and enforce all necessary federal, state, and local codes and laws. SRO's are there to act as a resource and to instill positive interaction and communication with students for a stonger community relationship.
Problem solving and working with the community has been a staple for the members of the Newport Police Department. Please e-mail Lieutenant Joe Carroll at email@example.com or call (401) 847-1306 ext. 5726 for any questions and concerns.
LGBTQ+ Liaison Office (NEW)
Officer Caitlyn Poplawski
To contact a Community Oriented Police Officer directly, you can call
CPO Nick StLawrence
2 Park Holm
CPO Frank Pirri
9 Pond Ave
CPO Merrie Scott
Lower Thames Street
CPO Brittany Ripke
514 Thames Street
The COP Officers hours Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
COP Beat Boundary Map of Newport
43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 845-5300 (M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
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