At the Community College of Rhode Island we are committed to a safe school environment on all of our campuses. The charge of the Community College of Rhode Island Police Department is to serve and protect the campus community and to enhance the quality of life on each of our four campuses. This is achieved in conjunction with the campus community through the enforcement of laws, crime prevention activities, and education and community awareness. The foundation of our department is community service. All people within our jurisdiction are served with respect and fairness.
The Community College of Rhode Island Police Department, are committed to the prevention of crime, the investigation of problems and incidents, the preservation of security, and the enforcement of all laws and college rules. Services of the CCRI Police Department are oriented to produce an environment that enables the college to implement its mission of education and public service.
Presently we are a 26 person department patrolling on foot and motor vehicle at campuses, in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and Newport. The Warwick and Lincoln Campuses are patrolled 24 hours 7 days a week and the Providence and Newport Campuses operate 7am to 11pm with some fluctuation of hours based on functions specific to the respective campus. The department is led by Chief Dale Wetherell who has more than 30 years experience in municipal and college law enforcement. Our department consists of a chief, deputy chief, 2 captains and 4 lieutenants in charge of each campus shift, 18 sworn police officers and one college patrol person. We are a non-armed, sworn college police department trained by the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy. Our officers have arrest powers and jurisdictional boundaries on the college campuses. We have a close working relationship with the municipal and state police agencies where our campuses reside.