Welcome to the Warwick Police Department
As Colonel, I would like to personally welcome you to the Warwick Police Department’s website. We are a Nationally Accredited, Community Policing Agency that stresses professionalism, integrity and fairness. The Warwick Police Department is comprised of dedicated, professional police officers that are committed to the safety and security of the residents of the City of Warwick.
I encourage you to take some time to review the vast amount of information contained within the Warwick Police Department's Annual Report. The Annual Report provides an overview of the Warwick Police Department and details various yearly statistical information that you may find useful. This includes data relating to calls for service, response times, crime reports, as well as victim and offender information.
The personnel of the Warwick Police Department, both sworn and civilian, are proud to be a part of one of the finest police departments in the United States. Each and every one of our members plays an integral part in the success of our department. Our most important goal is to ensure the safety and well being of the citizens of Warwick.
I am hopeful that the information provided will be very useful and enhance your understanding of our agency, the types of services which we provide and the role which we play in the community.
- Created on April 07, 2015
April 6, 2015 Contact: Colonel Stephen McCartney
For Immediate Release 468-4200
Avedisian, McCartney to meet with Motel 6
national corporate leadership next week
WARWICK – Mayor Scott Avedisian and Police Colonel Stephen McCartney announced today that they and the Board of Public Safety will meet next Tuesday with national corporate leadership of Motel 6 to discuss ongoing concerns relative to public safety and the numerous calls for police response to the hotel off Jefferson Boulevard.
In the past year, police have responded to 79 calls at the hotel, resulting in 75 arrests, ranging from drugs and disorderly conduct charges, to alleged sex trafficking and the alleged running of a meth lab from a hotel room.
In advance of the meeting, the motel’s national vice president of safety and security has advised Avedisian and McCartney of steps that have been taken to address the current issues at the Warwick location, including the expansion of off-duty security coverage provided by the Warwick police department; the daily submittal of their guest list; raising the minimum check-in age from 18 to 21; and completing staff training on operations and safety as well as security policies and procedures. The chain is also reviewing calls for assistance over the past year in order to make sound business decisions going forward.
“Motel 6’s leadership has assured both the Colonel and me that they are committed to addressing the existing issues at their Warwick location,” Avedisian said. “The steps they have recently taken, I believe, demonstrate their willingness to work with us to ensure the future safety and security of the motel for their guests and our community in general. We are looking forward to continuing this discussion with them next week.”
- Created on April 02, 2015
April 6, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Lieutenant Michael Gilbert, OIC Traffic Services, 401-468-4344
The Warwick Police Department has very successful
Click It or Ticket
Warwick, RI- The Warwick Police Department joined local and national law enforcement officers as well as highway safety advocates all across the country during the most recent national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign which ran from March 23rd through March 29th.
During the mobilization, officers ticketed motorists who failed to wear their seat belts both day and night. The goal was to keep everyone safe on our roadways and to prevent the senseless injuries and deaths because someone made the wrong choice not to wear their seat belt.
Over the course of the campaign, Warwick Police officers stopped 111 vehicles for seat belt violations, issued 106 seat belt /child seat citations, arrested two (2) motorists for operating on suspended licenses, arrested one (1) motorist who had an outstanding warrant, and issued numerous assorted other traffic violations.
The Warwick Police Department strongly believes that the use of seat belts helps to save lives and motorists need to remember “Click it or Ticket” should they chose not to buckle up.
- Created on March 16, 2015
For Immediate Release
Methamphetamine Arrest at Motel 6
March 16, 2015 0500 hrs
On 3-15-2015 at 2100hrs officers and detectives of the Warwick Police Department responded to the Motel 6 at 20 Jefferson Blvd on information that Methamphetamines were being sold from one of the rooms at the motel. Investigation led to the arrests of 3 adult males; all from Rhode Island. Charges include Possession of Methamphetamines and Manufacturing of Methamphetamines. Due to the ongoing investigation, the names of the three individuals are being withheld.
As soon as it was learned that methamphetamines were being manufactured in the hotel room, the building in question was evacuated for precautionary measures. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Clan Lab Team responded and assisted with the investigation.
All three individuals are being held pending arraignment at the Kent County Court house on 3-16-2015.
Captain Brad Connor
3rd Platoon Patrol Division
Warwick Police Department
- Created on March 14, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2015
Colonel Stephen M. McCartney and the Community Services Division of the Warwick Police Department would like to announce that it has a successful first annual Safe Rides Program on St. Patrick’s Day. The Safe Rides Program was conducted in collaboration with the Warwick Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and its goal was to reduce DUI related crashes, reduce incidents of drunk driving, and offer residents an alternative to being arrested for DUI on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in the City of Warwick. Bars and liquor serving establishments throughout Warwick were notified of the program and were encouraged to promote their patrons to utilize the service.
Residents were urged to call 401-468-4200 for a ride anytime between the hours of 12 noon and midnight on St. Patrick’s Day. Citizen volunteers were dispatched to various establishments in the City to provide citizens a safe free ride home. This year, volunteers provided six (6) people free and safe rides home in an effort to reduce drinking and driving within the City.
“Although the numbers were lower than we had hoped, even one person who gets home safely and doesn’t get behind the wheel after drinking too much is a success” said Lt Michael Gilbert.
The Safe Rides Program was the idea of Community Police Sgt John Kelly who worked closely in conjunction with members of the Warwick Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association to make the program happen. Future programs such as this one are being considered for other holidays such as New Years Eve.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2015
Colonel Stephen M. McCartney and the Community Services Division of the Warwick Police Department would like to notify its residents about an important effort called the Safe Rides Program. The Safe Rides Program is being conducted in collaboration with the Warwick Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and its goal is to reduce DUI related crashes, reduce incidents of drunk driving, and offer residents an alternative to being arrested for DUI on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in the City of Warwick. Bars and liquor serving establishments throughout Warwick will be notified of the program and are encouraged to promote their patrons to utilize the service.
Residents are urged to call 401-468-4200 for a ride anytime between the hours of 12 noon and midnight on St. Patrick’s Day. Citizen volunteers will be dispatched to any establishment in the City and provide citizens a safe free ride home anywhere within the City of Warwick if they have had too much to drink.
For more information about the Safe Rides Program, please go to the Warwick Police Department web-site; or contact Community Police Sgt John Kelly at 401-468-4319
- Created on March 27, 2013
CLASS IS FULL.............................
March 18th through May 20th 2015
Classes meet on Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9pm @ Warwick Police HQ’s
2 Saturday Meetings (off Site) in addition TBA
WHAT IS THE CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY ?
The Citizens Police Academy is a free 10 week course
The course runs from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm for 10 consecutive Wednesdays.
The Academy provides a hands-on training program in a friendly atmosphere.
The course is open to all Warwick residents and city employees.
The course is run by the Police Department and gives citizens brief descriptions and demonstrations of what Police officers undergo. All instructors in this program are Warwick Police Department employees. Our goal is to build a closer bond with our resident and business community. Once you have taken this course, you will have a different outlook on our service’s and the Warwick Police!
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The Citizens Police Academy consists of 10 weeks of training where students will take a tour of Police Headquarters, ride along with Patrol Officer, and learn about:
- History of Warwick PD
- Patrol Operations
- Traffic stops
- Police training: to include weapon handling and Emergency Vehicle Operations handling
- Active Schooter
- S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons And Tactics)
- Crime scene investigations
- DUI investigations
- Sex Offender Task Force
- Ride along with Patrol Officer
The sessions are held on Wednesday evenings (6:30 pm - 9:00 pm). In order to be approved for attendance, citizens must first complete the attached application. Applicants will receive notification informing them of their acceptance once their application has been processed.
Remember, class space is limited and slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Warwick residents having priority.
The requirements for graduation are that participants must complete a two-hour ride-along with an officer and must attend 70% of the course schedule. (Should unforeseen circumstances prevent a student from attending class, he/she will be allowed to make up the missed session.)
The Citizens Police Academy is provided to the citizens of the City of Warwick free of charge.
If you are interested in attending the Citizens Police Academy, please complete and return the attached registration form to:
Community Services Division
Warwick Police Department
99 Veterans Memorial Drive
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886
Requirements for Participants include:
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Have NO criminal history other than minor traffic violations (background checks will be performed)
- Sign any waiver or agreements
Class size is limited to 30 participants
[PLEASE NOTE: Once you download your application, fill out the required fields and save the completed application to your computer. This file then can be emailed to Officer Nelson at the email above.]
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 11, 2015
*****You will be called upon your acceptance to the class*****