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Thomas Blakey, Chief : tblakey@tivertonpoliceri.com

20 Industrial Way, Tiverton, RI 02878  Non-Emergency Phone:  401-625-6722

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The Tiverton Police Department is comprised of thirty sworn officers and twelve civilian support staff. These honest hard working men and woman are committed to the highest level of professional service, providing a safe and enjoyable environment for those who live, work or visit our community. We are committed to addressing quality of life issues that affect all citizens. The department values the cooperation received from members of the community, fostering a partnership based upon a mutual trust. We exercise prudent financial management skills seeking grants and other funding resources that increase our community resources as we strive toward excellence in all phases of our operation.

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The Tiverton Police Department operates from a central police building located at 20 Industrial Way, Tiverton, RI. Currently, there are 30 sworn police officers on the staff. They are supported by 8 full-time public safety dispatchers, a records clerk, maintenance/mechanic, a Chief's administrative assistant, and an animal control officer.

The Department operates with marked and unmarked vehicles. The uniformed patrol fleet is equipped with the latest in communications and emergency response equipment. Each uniformed patrol vehicle utilizes mobile data technology that allows officers instant access to Federal, State, and Department databases. Uniformed patrol vehicles are also equipped with in-car video to capture arrest situations, and document officer/citizen contact, and reduce department liability. Officers also have Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) at their disposal in every uniformed patrol vehicle to be used in the event an officer is called on to assist a citizen suffering from cardiac arrest.

The Tiverton Police Department is overseen by a Chief of Police, who is in command of all department divisions and functions. The Captain is the executive officer and second in command of the Police Department and also serves as the department public information officer.

The Detective Division is under the command of a Lieutenant who serves as the division commander. The division is responsible for the investigation of all major felonies, to include but not limited to homicide, robbery, felony assault, sexual assault, child molestation, burglary, and all violations of the uniformed controlled substance act. The detective division is also responsible for the preparation and presentation of all felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases which are generated by the department. The Detective Division works closely with the State Attorney General's office and the Town Solicitor to ensure the successful prosecution of all violations of Local and State Law. The Detective Division also maintains close relationships with Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement agencies to share intelligence and provide assistance with on-going criminal investigations.

The Patrol or Uniform Division provides 24-hour police protection divided into three (3) eight hour shifts or watches. Each watch is commanded by a Lieutenant and supervised by a Sergeant, who assumes the Lieutenant's responsibilities on the Lieutenant's days off. The Uniform Division is responsible for the initial investigation of all citizen complaints, the enforcement of all State and Local laws, the enforcement of all traffic related laws, and the investigation of all motor vehicle accidents. The Uniform Division also maintains community safety, security, and quality of life through professionalism and commitment to its citizens. The Administrative Services Division is under the command of a Lieutenant who is responsible for all civilian employees and is also the department accreditation manager.

The school resource officer or SRO is Officer Liam Black. Officer Black's office is located at the Tiverton High School; however he makes daily visits to all five of the Town's elementary, middle, and high schools. The primary responsibility of the SRO is to protect lives and property for the citizens and public school students by enforcing Federal, State and Local criminal laws and ordinances, and to serve as a liaison between school officials and the police department. Your police and school departments are committed to provide a safe environment to foster the learning process for the students of our community. The School Resource Officer is not involved in the enforcement of disciplinary infractions that do not constitute violations of the law.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Tiverton Police Department, in cooperation with the citizens of our community, to ensure public safety through the suppression and prevention of crime, and the aggressive pursuit of those who commit it. We will promote citizen satisfaction, quality of life and service, and responsiveness to community issues, while maintaining commitment to the highest standards of professional excellence and achievement, which will be synonymous with the Tiverton Police Department.


Our values are defined by the acronym "TPD-RI", which also stands for the Tiverton Police Department, Rhode Island.

T = Teamwork:  A partnership between the members of the Tiverton Police Department and the community to accomplish common goals.

P = Pride in ourselves, our organization and the people we serve. Pride means that we strive to present our best at all times.

D = Dedication to work towards a better, safer, and more prosperous community; dedication to our organization by training, education and experience which we share with each other.

R = Respect: The belief that every individual deserves to be treated in a fair, kind, and courteous manner.

I = Integrity: We value candor, honesty, and ethical behavior in the members of our department. We are committed to uphold our positions of trust by maintaining the highest ethical standards as set forth in the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.