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 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
APPONAUG Circulator PROJECT Weekly Community Update
WORK THIS WEEK: October 6 thru October 11, 2014
Post Road – West Shore Road to Veterans Memorial Drive: • Contractor installing new water services at various locations. • Contractor working on the Corner of Post Rd and Post Rd Extension, to establish a reclaiming area for the concrete curbing and road base previously removed. • National Grid Gas Company continued installation of the new 8” gas main and began installing service pipe at various locations • Cox Communications continued Night work on overhead wire relocation at intersection of Post Road & West Shore Road.
Centerville Road – Diamond Hill Road to Tollgate Road: • National Grid Electric continued relocation of the Overhead wires in the area of Tollgate Road / Meadow Street / Gilbane Street. NG Electric has also started overhead relocation work on Centerville Road, from Diamond Hill Rd to Meadow Street.
Veterans Memorial Drive Extension (Former Mill Site): • No Activity took place.
Veterans Memorial Drive – Greenwich Ave. to Post Road: • Construction of a new Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Tower continued behind the Warwick Fire Department Facility. • Installation of the new Kent County Water Main continued on VMD. • NG Gas Co. began installing new gas main.
WORK ANTICIPATED FOR NEXT WEEK: October 14 thru October 18, 2014
Post Road – West Shore Road to Veterans Memorial Drive: • Contractor will continue to install new water service pipe at various locations along Post Road. • National Grid Gas Company will continue installation of gas service pipe, at various locations. • Cox Communications is expected to complete relocation of overhead wires at the Post Rd/West Shore Rd Intersection during Night time hours of 9:00pm to 6:00am. • Contractor will continue working in a reclaiming area established at the Post Road Extension. • Installation of new utility poles will continue 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, Tuesday thru Saturday.
Veterans Memorial Drive – Post Road to Greenwich Avenue: • NG Gas will begin installation of new 8” gas main. • Construction of a new Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Tower will continue behind the Warwick Fire Department Facility. • One travel lanes will be closed during construction activities and Three travel lanes will be opened to traffic during construction activities, from the hours of 6:00am to 4:30pm, Tuesday thru Saturday.
Centerville Road – Diamond Hill Road to Tollgate Road: • National Grid Electric is anticipated to continue relocation of overhead wires along Centerville Rd. Single lane closures are anticipated, at times, between 9:00am and 2:30pm, during Overhead Wire Relocation.
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 within the village until two-way traffic is established on the new Veterans Memorial Extension, Veterans Memorial Drive and Post Road (East).
Greenwich Avenue – Veterans Memorial Drive to Centerville Road: • No daytime activity is schedule to take place until two-way traffic is established on the new Veterans Memorial Extension, Veterans Memorial Drive and Post Road (East).
No Work Activities are scheduled, Saturday 10/11 thru Monday 10/13, due to the Holiday Weekend !!
All activities described above are Weather Dependent and are based on the best information available to RIDOT as of October 9, 2014.
- Created on October 09, 2014
The Police Department continues to work closely with our neighboring jurisdictions to investigate the threats made to our public schools. The investigation into the letter's origin and author remain on-going at this time. Police Officers will continue to be posted at all city schools, to include private and parochial, on Friday October 10, 2014. Police presence will be maintained during normal school hours, and directed patrols will occur frequently by officers during non-school hours. The School Department has been advised of our commitment to the safety of our schools and discussions will continue as to future security plans. The Police Department understands the concerns expressed by our community and are working diligently to provide a secure environment for our children.
- Created on October 08, 2014
Due to an unconfirmed, anonymous threat made to schools in several Rhode Island communities, including Warwick, yesterday Mayor Scott Avedisian directed Colonel Stephen McCartney to post police personnel at all of the City’s public, private and parochial schools for the remainder of the week. Mayor Avedisian, Colonel McCartney and Warwick Public Schools Superintendent Richard D’Agostino have been closely monitoring the situation. Avedisian and D’Agostino have been visiting schools throughout the day and will continue to do so throughout the week. The Police Department is working with other law enforcement agencies to investigate this matter and provide the absolute safest and secure environment for our children.