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 March 27, 2013
The Warwick Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team consists of a group of specially selected officers who have been highly trained in the use of special weapons and tactics for the purpose of handling high risk situations involving barricaded suspects, hostage takers, high risk warrant service, VIP protection, or other situations requiring training and expertise beyond the capabilities of the regular police officer. Members of the SWAT Team train each month to sharpen their skills and abilities. A total of sixteen hours per month is devoted to the training. Components of the SWAT Team include a reactionary team (entry team), a sniper/marksman team, a hostage negotiation team, and a Warwick Fire Department Certified SWAT Medic Team.
The mission of the Warwick Police Department’s SWAT Team is to bring a successful conclusion to high risk situations through the use of specially equipped and highly trained personnel without injury or loss of life to citizens, suspects, or police officers.
The SWAT Team is comprised of twenty-five team members.
SWAT Team Commander: Inspector Chris Mathiesen.
SWAT Team Leader: Lt. Connor
Crisis Negotiation Team Leader: Lt. Rathbun
OIC of the Sniper/Marksman Team: Detective Verity
The Warwick Police SWAT Team has a long-standing tradition of excellence and has been a model for many local, state and international teams.
- Created on October 22, 2014
POLICE RESPONSE TO SECOND THREAT AGAINST WARWICK SCHOOLS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today, October 22, 2014 the Johnston Police Department received
an anonymous letter, similar to last weeks, through the mail in which a
physical threat was made to the schools in Johnston, Cranston and Warwick on
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. After a meeting between Chief
Tamburini, Colonel McCartney, and Colonel Winquist, the schools in each
jurisdiction will have continued police presence, utilizing both marked and
unmarked units, throughout the next two days. The Chiefs have met with
their respective school Superintendents advising them of the threat. The
investigation as to who sent the letter is ongoing. There is nothing
further being released at this time. If anyone has any information
regarding this incident, they are advised to contact the Johnston Police
department, the lead agency in this investigation.
- Created on October 15, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pedestrian struck and seriously injured on Post Road in Warwick.
The Warwick Police responded to a car and pedestrian accident in the area of 717 Post Road at 8:49 PM on October 11, 2014. The Traffic Division’s Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the accident. The accident involved one vehicle operated by Katelyn Barnes, a 23 year old female from Heath Avenue in Warwick, and the pedestrian, a 44 year old male from Dryden Boulevard in Warwick. The pedestrian was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by Warwick Fire Rescue where at last check he was listed in critical condition with serious injuries. The identity of the pedestrian is being withheld pending notification to his family.
The preliminary investigation has disclosed that the operator of the vehicle was travelling north on Post Road in the area of Spofford Avenue and the pedestrian was crossing Post Road in an easterly direction when the collision occurred. Investigators are continuing with interviews of the driver, as well as attempting to locate any additional witnesses. At this time neither speed nor alcohol appears to be factors in the collision. The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and due to the time of day the area was fairly dark with minimal lighting. These factors may have played a role in the cause of the collision.
Any person with information related to the accident is requested to contact the Warwick Police Traffic Division at (401)468-4293 or at (401)468-4343.
- Created on October 10, 2014
The criminal investigation into the threat against Warwick Schools continues and after a discussion with Johnston Police Chief Tamburini there are some promising developments. Regarding police security plans for the schools next week, starting Tuesday, October 14th, the Warwick Police Department will be modifying its operational posture. We will not be placing officers in the schools for the duration of the school day but will be having police officers short posted at each school location for both the opening of the school day and for the closing of the school day. During the course of the day these officers will still be responsible for calls for service but will be periodically stopping by schools in their area of patrol conducting walk throughs and greeting the teachers and students. This plan involves the callback of Detective and Community Service personnel to start work at 7:00 AM in order to be at the school in time for the opening time.
If conditions are good and a review of the operational day indicates that everything went smoothly, starting Wednesday, October 15th, the Warwick Police Department will institute a plan called Random Anti-Threat Measures (RAM). This will involve strictly on duty officers who will periodically and randomly choose schools in their area of patrol to stop at to check the schools condition. Officers who come on duty at 8:00 AM will also patrol their schools in random fashion. It is emphasized that police will not be able to be in the schools all the time but we will be using other undercover and deception measures that will create the impression that officers are present at a school to include surveillance measures. The strength of this plan is the random and unpredictable nature of the patrol patterns of the schools that will be a deterrence to any potential threat.
The Warwick School Department can make a value judgment as to the necessity of police presence at after school activities and request a paid detail from the Police Department or consider other security measures.
Colonel Stephen McCartney
- Created on October 10, 2014
WORK ANTICIPATED FOR NEXT WEEK: November 03 thru November 08, 2014
Post Road – West Shore Road to Veterans Memorial Drive:
- Contractor will begin installation of new drainage system.
- National Grid Gas Company will continue installation of gas service pipe, at various locations.
- Contractor will continue working in a reclaiming area established at the Post Road Extension.
- National Grid Electric will Install new utility poles along Post Road.
- Two travel lanes will continue to be closed during construction activities and Two travel lanes will continue be opened to traffic during construction activities, from the hours of 6:00am to 4:30pm, Monday thru Saturday.
Veterans Memorial Drive – Post Road to Greenwich Avenue:
- Contractor to continue installation of new Water Services, Work to take place at Night, 9:00pm – 6:00am.
- Contractor will begin installation of new drainage system, daytime.
- One travel lanes will be closed during daytime activities and Three travel lanes will be opened to traffic during construction activities, from the hours of 6:00am to 4:30pm, Monday thru Saturday.
Centerville Road – Diamond Hill Road to Tollgate Road:
- National Grid Electric will continue relocation of overhead wires along Centerville Rd.
- Light Tower Fiberoptics will be relocating overhead wires on Tollgate Road & Centerville Road, Daytime.
- Fibertech Networks will begin relocation of overhead Wire, from Meadow Street to Diamond Hill Road, Daytime.
Veterans Memorial Drive Extension (Former Mill Site):
- Site clearing activities to take place within Former Mill site. No impacts to traffic are involved with work within the Mill Site.
Post Road (Village) – Centerville Road to West Shore Road:
- No activity is schedule to take place at this time.
Greenwich Avenue – Veterans Memorial Drive to Centerville Road:
- National Grid Gas will continue installation of new Gas Main & Services, from Post Road to Luther Street, Night Time, 9:00pm – 6:00am. Two travel lanes will continue to be closed during construction activities and Two travel lanes will continue be opened to traffic during construction activities
All activities described above are Weather Dependent and are based on the best information available to RIDOT as of October 31, 2014.