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2016 Connecticut SWAT Challenge Champions!
Congratulations on an awesome accomplishment. Warwick RI PD is the 2016 CT SWAT Challenge Champion.
Welcome to the Warwick Police Department
The Warwick Police Department was established in 1921. Prior to that the villages of Warwick were policed by constables and sheriffs since 1648. The department currently has 172 sworn police officers supported by 53 civilian employees that provide municipal policing services to a residential population of 81,000.
Our Annual Report for 2015 has been released. Please follow this link and check out what we did throughout the whole department for last year. Decide for yourselves on how well we are doing serving the community of Warwick and give us your feedback on this website's contact link or on our FaceBook page.
Warwick, RI– Colonel Stephen M. McCartney and the Warwick Police Department announce two informational forums being held in an effort to help educate the business community and public about a fairly new law called the Child Safe Zones Act which was created to help further protect children. These forums came as a result of the arrest of a registered sex offender in late 2015 for violation of this new law.
In that case, the Warwick Police Department along with members of the US Marshall's SOLEMN (Sex Offender Law Enforcement Multidisciplinary Network) task force arrested Heath Gagne, 40 years of age, from Vallette St. in Cranston charging him with violation of Prohibition from Employment- Child Safe Zones which is a felony. The arrest came as a result of shared information and a cooperative investigation with the West Warwick Police Department after it was learned that Gagne was employed by a subcontractor working for a local amusement company operating carnivals throughout RI.
"The arrest of Gagne demonstrates how the collaborative efforts of the US Marshall's Sex Offender task force along with local law enforcement and probation continues to help keep our children safe", stated Colonel McCartney. Our hope is by conducting these forums, we will be able to educate our business community about the impact the Child Safe Zones Act may have on their businesses and what their responsibilities are with regards to their employment practices.
The informational forums will be held at Warwick Police headquarters in the Community Room on March 22 and March 30 from 3-4 pm and will be conducted by members of the Warwick Police Department Community Services Division along with representatives from the RI Attorney General's office.
CONTACT: Lieutenant Michael Gilbert, OIC Community Services Division, 401-468-4344
Colonel Stephen M. McCartney and the Community Services Division of the Warwick Police Department would like to announce an important effort called the Safe Rides Program being conducted for a second year in a row. The Safe Rides Program is being done in collaboration with the Warwick Police Department and the Warwick Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. The goal is to reduce DUI-related crashes, reduce incidents of drunk driving, and offer residents an alternative to being arrested for DUI during 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 this free program to their patrons.
People are urged to call 401-468-4200 for a ride anytime between the hours of 6 pm and midnight on St. Patrick's Day. Citizen volunteers will be dispatched to establishments in the City and provide citizens a safe, free ride home anywhere within the City of Warwick if they need a ride or 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 john.kelly @warwickri.com
WARWICK – Mayor Scott Avedisian, Police Col. Stephen McCartney and other police officials will kick off the department's recruitment drive at a press conference Monday, March 14, 2016 at 9 a.m. in the community room of police headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The drive will be held March 15th to April 15, 2016. Recruitment efforts will include advertisements in local and regional web-based and print media outlets, to include multicultural publications, as well as public/private internet job boards, social networks and select radio/television announcements.
Qualified applicants must be between 21 and 35 year old, a United States citizen with a minimum of 60 college credits from an accredited college or university, or proof of five years of continuous military reserve service or three years of active duty. Those with three years of prior law enforcement or corrections experience who do not have the requisite college credits will also receive consideration and are encouraged to apply. Applicants must also hold a valid driver's license, be of good moral character and successfully complete a selection process, including a physical agility test, written exam and oral interview, and a thorough background investigation.
The Warwick Police Department is one of only approximately 2,000 law enforcement agencies internationally to have been accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
The Warwick Police Department is considered a model for other law enforcement agencies throughout the state and is a participating member of the Rhode Island Police Accredited Coalition, which provides advice and practical assistance to agencies seeking to earn national accreditation. The State Police force was the first agency to be accredited in Rhode Island. Warwick followed and is recognized as the first city or town police department to achieve accreditation status