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Bristol Police Recruitment

The Bristol Police Department is actively seeking candidates for the position of Police Officer. The application period opens on June 1, 2021 through July 11, 2021. To apply online, please visit www.policeapp.com/Entry-Level-Bristol-RI-Police-Officer-Jobs/3064/ or you may download the “Police Recruitment Flyer” listed below for information, prospective candidates may want to consider watching this recruitment video.

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Bristol Police Pet Supply Drive for K-9 Brody’s First Christmas

 

Bristol police holding pet supply drive for K-9 Brody’s first Christmas

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Bristol Officers Dig Into Cold Cases & Tired Station, EastBayRI

October 7, 2020- Christy Nadalin, East Bay Newspapers

When the Bristol police station on Metacom Avenue was dedicated 42 years ago, it was lauded as one of the most up to date in New England. Of late, it’s just dated. With old linoleum floors and acoustic tiles that had long been painted over to hide years of cigarette smoke stains, the station was in dire need of some attention.

Fortunately, the department had talent in-house: Greg Silvia and John Mlynek, both senior patrol officers, were reassigned temporarily from regular patrols to painting, refinishing doors, and modernizing the office spaces.

According to Capt. Brian Burke, the Department’s chief of administration, through collective bargaining the chief can temporarily reassign officers for 90 days. It’s done routinely, primarily in the detective division, which allows patrol officers to spend time doing a different kind of police work.

“If these officers weren’t officers, they’d be craftsmen,” said Chief Kevin Lynch. “Calls were down, crime was down, establishments were closed … we were kind of bumping into each other here, to be honest. So we put their talents to work.”

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Bristol Officers Train on Race and Bias, EastBayRI

October 7, 2020- Christy Nadalin, East Bay Newspapers

On Wednesday morning, members of the Bristol Police Department and local officials gathered at Fire Department headquarters for an annual training session on recognizing and understanding bias in policing. Sgt. Wesley Pennington of the Rhode Island State Police served as the administrator of the training, assisted by Trooper Krystal Carvalho.

Members of the community as well as local officials were included in the conversation, which was held both as a standard best practice as well as a requirement for maintaining the department’s national accreditation.

In opening the event, Police Chief Kevin Lynch praised his department for maintaining high standards of excellence, while adding that there is always room for improvement. Citing a 2018 story that identified some anomalies in the proportion of minorities cited for traffic violations in Bristol, where 94 percent of residents are caucasian, he noted that the data was skewed due to the fact that 60 percent of those traffic stops were not Bristol residents but rather those coming and going from Colt State Park, a popular summer destination.