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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.

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100 Safest Cities in America, Safewise

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Town Administrator Contente Issues Statement on Peaceful Protests

“Dear Residents of Bristol,

The Town of Bristol’s local government condemns the murder of George Floyd. We believe that positive changes will help bring better understanding and improve our communities.

Bristol Chief of Police Kevin Lynch has met with organizers of a peaceful protest that are planning to meet at Colt State Park tomorrow morning, Saturday, June 6, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The intentions are to walk to Independence Park and stand for change, justice, and peace. The Town of Bristol has coordinated with Local, State, and Federal Departments to ensure that the rights to assemble are protected and that all residents and business owners are safe. The Rhode Island Department of Health will be present during the event to promote guidance on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Tomorrow’s event is part of the pursuit for change and advancement in living conditions and equality for all. We in Bristol have always supported our Constitutional values, the first of which is the right for freedom of speech and right to assemble. The Town of Bristol will also protect all of our residents’ right to security and safety. It is our hope that our Nation and Town of Bristol will slowly heal and that we will succeed in our efforts to further improve our community.”

Sincerely,

Steven Contente
Bristol Town Administrator

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The Town of Bristol Swears in K-9 Brody

On Monday, April 6, 2020 in a ceremony held in the office of the Chief of Police; K-9 Brody was officially sworn in as a member of the Bristol Police Department. K-9 Brody’s role will be that of a Comfort and Therapy dog.

K9 Brody is the first Comfort and Therapy dog for the Bristol Police Department; he is also the fourth comfort and therapy dog to be utilized by police departments in the state. The other communities utilizing comfort dogs in their respective police departments are Cranston, Pawtucket and Providence.
K-9 Brody’s name is a mix of two words;  the “B” represents Bristol, the “rody” represents Rhode Island.

K9 Brody is a full bred Chocolate English Labrador Retriever and he was donated to the town by Boonefield Labradors in Rindge, New Hampshire. Boonefield Labradors have an excellent and well respected reputation for breeding comfort and therapy dogs.

Over the coming year, K9 Brody, assisted by his handler; School Resource Officer Keith Medeiros will be a Comfort Dog in Training.

Once he’s fully trained, K9 Brody’s job will be that of providing a soothing environment to people during investigations. He’ll also help to reduce anxiety and stress for citizens, witnesses and investigators. Brody will also be working with Officer Medeiros in the Bristol Warren Regional School District and will be involved in school activities.

Additionally, Brody will also be visiting the Rhode Island Veteran’s Home, Rogers Free Library, the Bristol Senior Center, Roger Williams University and many other establishments in the community.

The Town of Bristol would like to thank the following benefactors; for if it were not for their dedication and generosity, this program would not have come to fruition:

  • Peggy & Dave Brogan – Boonefield Labradors located in Rindge, New Hampshire.
  • Bristol County Elk’s Lodge #1860
  • Wade R. Cordy, DVM – Harbor Animal Hospital for providing veterinary services
  • Jessica Geas – Petrichor K9 Training
  • Brett and Sherri DeChaine, Jocelyn and Lori – Woof! Woof! Pet Boutique and Biscuit Bar
  • Officer Brad McNamara and K9 Hank of the Lunenburg Police Department, Lunenburg, Massachusetts
  • Officer Nathan Hawkins and K9 Merle of the Westminster Police Department, Westminster, Massachusetts

For up to date information on K9 Brody’s progress; follow him on his social media platforms, Instagram and Facebook.

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Bristol Police Release Tip 411 App for Anonymous Crime Reporting

The Bristol Police Department is pleased to announce the implementation of a cell phone and web based application which will allow citizens to report tips to us. Our ability to solve crimes, and create a safer town has a lot to do with the involvement of its citizens. 

This department is embracing new technologies which will allow us to open up a two-way line of communication which will enable citizens to anonymously provide us information which will assist us in the solving of crimes and create a safer community. You can even attach photographs and videos after you submit an initial tip!

When you submit a tip via any of the three options listed below, it is sent to a 3rd party tip service, which acts as a privacy buffer between you and the Bristol Police Department in order to protect your identity and your contact information. 

If you have a tip for the Bristol Police Department, you can utilize any of the three options listed below to help provide vital information on crimes, criminals, or those engaging in illicit or criminal activity which will assist us in keeping the Town of Bristol safe for everyone.

For full information, please visit the link below:

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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Contact Persons:
Brian B. Burke, Interim Chief of Police
Patrolman Brandon Correia, Accreditation Manager

Bristol, RI– A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on Monday, August 19, 2019, to examine several aspects of the Bristol Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Verification by the team that the Bristol Police complies with the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invite to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 6:00pm. The session will be held in the Town Council Chambers, located at Bristol Town Hall 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI.

If an individual would like to provide comments to the assessment team but is unable to attend the public information session, he/she may do so by calling (401) 253-5443 on Monday, August 19, 2019 between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to ten (10) minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Bristol Police Department, Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Local contact is Patrolman Brandon Correia at (401) 253-6900.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Bristol Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to write the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are team leader Chief Jason Moen from the Auburn Police Department, Auburn, ME and Lieutenant Charles Groover from the Covington Police Department, Covington, GA. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.

CALEA Accreditation is granted for a four-year period during which the agency must submit annual reports and provided other documentation attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement
Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155, or call (703) 352-4225.

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