Police Department

395 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI , US, 02809
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Police Department

The Bristol Police Department began with night watch patrols in the early 1890s. During this time, officers worked out of the Town Hall located at the Burnside Building on Hope Street. Headquarters was moved to its current location in 1978. Headquarters allows the Department to perform in one building which includes the office of the Police Chief, the Patrol Division, the Detective Division, a prisoner booking room with holding cells, a training room, and an indoor firearm range.

Bristol Police Department, in cooperation with the people of Bristol and in partnership with other public and private agencies, to assume a leadership role through a problem-solving approach to preventing crime and disorder, reducing citizen fear of crime, providing for the safe and efficient flow of traffic, providing a variety of non-criminal activities, and improving the quality of life as they work together to make Bristol truly New England's outstanding "community by the sea."

The Bristol Police Department is committed to fulfilling its mission by upholding the following values:

Integrity: They will adhere to the highest ethical standards and accept responsibility for our decisions and actions.

Respect: They will treat all employees, offenders and the public with fairness, honesty, consideration and respect while recognizing individual diversity.

Professionalism: They will be firm, fair and consistent in the performance of the duties and responsibilities. As positive role models, they will take pride in maintaining the quality of their services through their performance, appearance and continued education and training. They will instill trust and teamwork by providing support to fellow employees and promoting cooperation and effective communication.