Police Press Releases

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.


Police Press Releases

Stolen Vehicle – Pursuit Arrests

Contact Person:
Brian B. Burke, Interim Chief of Police

Bristol, RI– On August 8, 2019, at approximately 5:50pm, Patrolman Kyle Batista stopped a 2013 Honda Fit at the intersection of Wood St and Mt. Hope Ave, for a motor vehicle violation. A registration check of the vehicle revealed the vehicle was stolen from Providence, RI. The vehicle suddenly drove away from the stop, turning east on Mt. Hope Ave, at which time Patrolman Batista pursued after the vehicle. From Mt. Hope Ave, the vehicle turned north onto Metacom Ave then west onto State St eventually entering the State Street Dock and coming to a stop. A male operator, later identified as Danny Rodrigues, age
28 of Providence, RI and female passenger, later identified as Nicole Pacheco, age 31 of Bristol, RI, exited the vehicle and ran from the scene. Both subjects were taken into custody, without incident, by Bristol Police after a short foot pursuit.

A subsequent search of the vehicle by police resulted in the discovery of two 9 mm ammunition rounds and items associated with the use of narcotics. These items were seized and will sent for analysis at a later date.

A search of the vehicle and the surrounding area of the foot pursuit was conducted by Deputy Kenneth Almeida and his K-9 “Will” from the Bristol County, Massachusetts, Sheriff’s Office. No further contraband was discovered during the K-9 search.

Rodrigues and Pacheco were each charged with:

1. Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle;

2. Eluding Police;

3. Obstruction; and

4. Resisting Arrest.

Rodrigues was also charged with Operating on a Suspended License and issued several motor vehicle citations. Pacheco also had several outstanding Superior Court and District Court bench warrants. Rodrigues and Pacheco appeared before a Bail Commissioner and were held on $10,000 surety bail and transferred to the ACI. Both subjects will appear in 6th District Court this morning (8/9/19) for arraignment.


Administration Police Press Releases

Administrator Contente Appoints New Interim Chief of Police


I wish to congratulate Chief Brian Peters for being selected to lead the Portsmouth RI Police Department. On June 25, 2019, Captain Brian C. Burke was sworn in as Interim Chief of the Bristol Police Department to assume command of effective July 5, 2019. Captain Burke is a 22 year veteran of the Bristol Police Department and is currently the Department’s Detective Commander.

The Police Chief process for a permanent Police Chief has been underway in accordance with the Town Charter and Ordinance. The Town of Bristol Personnel Board has scheduled a written examination for the candidates to take place in August.

I also wish to thank Chief Peters for his continued dedication to public safety and willingness to serve as Interim Chief for the Town of Bristol. Interim Chief Peter’s term began on March 11, 2019 and he has agreed to continue in the role until after the Fourth of July celebration on July 5, 2019. Chief Peters has reported to me that the members of the department have been working together preparing the Department’s files and that the Police Department Accreditation records are complete and ready for a scheduled August 2019 on-site assessment with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The next full CALEA award conference is in November 2019.

Congratulations to Chief Peters and best wishes in your permanent role as Police Chief in neighboring Portsmouth. I am confident that Interim Chief Burke’s leadership will continue to provide professional and outstanding police services for the residents and visitors of Bristol.

Steven Contente
Bristol Town Administrator