Community And Traffic Services Unit

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Community Policing

"Police and Community-Partners in Excellence"

COP Beat Boundary Map of Newport

The Newport Police Department was the first police department in the State of Rhode Island to implement the philosophy of Community Policing in 1989. The unit has received national acclaim for its approaches to problem solving strategies and programming, which serve as a model for other police departments.

Community policing is a philosophy, management style and organizational strategy that promotes pro-active problem solving and police-community partnerships to address causes of crime and fear as well as other community issues. The Community Policing Unit works to formulate effective strategies in problem resolution.

The Newport Police Department's Community Oriented Policing Unit, commanded by Sergeant Joseph Carroll, is part of the Patrol Division. The Community Policing Unit has Four Community Policing Officers, each of whom is assigned to a specific area in the city. As partners with the community, the Police Department encourages the public at large to report crimes or suspicious activity to the Police Department. To contact a Community Oriented Police Officer directly, you can call CPO Matthew Jepson at his COP 1 office located at 2 Park Holm in the City's North End at 401-845-5865, CPO Merrie Scott at her COP 2 office on Broadway at 401-845-5863, COP 3 Office located in Brick Market Place at 401-845-5862 and CPO Joshua Wildes at his COP 4 Office located at 514 Thames Street at 401-845-5864.

The COP Offices are usually staffed Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

E-mail Sergeant Joseph Carroll at for any questions and concerns

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