Police Press Releases

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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Rogers Free Library Announces Contract With

Rogers Free Library (RFL) has contracted with to bring its 14,000 video courses into the homes and offices of RFL cardholders free of charge. is recognized as the world’s top teaching site for mastering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more.

“Helping our patrons become life-long learners is a priority for Rogers Free Library,” said Joan Prescott, library director. “We’ve been searching for ways to bring more value to our teen and adult patrons, and to support Bristol’s local businesses and vibrant nonprofit community. fits the bill.”

RFL cardholders can now access’s high-quality video courses from their computer, tablet or smartphone. Courses are taught by instructors recognized for both knowing their material and knowing how to teach it.

After accessing the platform from the RFL website, library cardholders can create their own account, track their progress and even earn certificates of completion. Because is normally a paid subscription service, this new RFL offering is a major benefit to library cardholders.

A sample of available learning opportunities include:

  • Software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Web design: web graphics, interactive design, prototyping
  • Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging
  • Personal development: self-awareness, time management, making decisions, public speaking
  • Photography: composition, lighting, photojournalism, night photography
  • Business: leadership, management, marketing, project management, presentations, business strategy
  • Job search: resume writing and design, networking, freelancing, recovering from layoff
  • Technology: cloud admin, software development, web development, cybersecurity
  • Engineering: 3D design, drafting, construction management, AutoCAD
  • Finance: taxes, personal finance, Quicken, teaching kids about money

“While there are a myriad of offerings for all users, we also believe our Bristol small businesses and nonprofits will benefit from courses such as marketing using social media, mastering financial tools and designing ads and websites,” said Ms. Prescott. “And we expect teens to explore courses on robotics, coding, cartooning, fashion design, and writing a first resume.”

The RFL initiative is funded by the Friends of Rogers Free Library, a 501(c) foundation that accepts donations and supports the library with funding for its extensive children’s programs, numerous adult programs, and now the video learning library available through

Rogers Free Library strives to serve a diverse community to provide access to ideas, information and essential resources in both print and digital format. The goal is to promote life-long learning, encourage the joys of reading, and support the interests of its patrons. A strong advocate of intellectual freedom, Rogers Free Library endeavors to enrich t hives of those who avail themselves of its services and facilities. To learn more about library programs, as well as meeting spaces available to community groups, visit

Administration Press Releases

Bristol Announces Proposed Sale of Bristol Shopping Center


BRISTOL, RI– On Wednesday, October 9th, 2019, the Town of Bristol announced the proposed sale of its public property at 6-40 Gooding Avenue to Gooding Realty Corporation (GRC) for $2.8M.

Commonly known as the Bristol Shopping Center, this 10.3-acre commercial property is located at the southeast corner of Hope Street (Rt. 114) and Gooding Avenue. In 1958, the Town of Bristol signed a 99-year property lease with GRC, which has since developed the land for general business use.

As a condition of its current lease agreement, the Town of Bristol was required to renegotiate the rental price of the property with GRC in 2018. During negotiations, GRC expressed interest in purchasing the property. Under normal circumstances, the Town of Bristol would hold a public offering. However, because there are still 38 years left on the lease agreement, the Town of Bristol was unable to put out a bid for the property. The tentative sales agreement, which was negotiated by members of the Bristol Town Council and Town Administration, includes several conditions regarding site upgrades such as landscaping, parking lot and building improvements.

“I believe this proposal has several long term benefits for the Town,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente, “Under private ownership, there should be increased investment, improved appearances, and additional tax revenue generated. There will also be new dedicated public parking for commuters and volunteer firefighters.”

Over the past decade, the Town of Bristol received $10,000 per year in rental income. With the sale of the property, 6-40 Gooding Avenue would return to the tax rolls and be required to pay annual property taxes based on the assessed value of the land and buildings.

Proceeds from the proposed sale would be placed into a Town restricted fund, where it can accrue interest and be allocated towards specific projects by the Town Council.

“Our vision is that this newly created fund will help support some of Bristol’s long-term capital projects,” said Town Council Chairman Nathan Calouro.

The Town of Bristol will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, at 7:00 PM in Bristol Town Hall (10 Court Street). At this meeting, members of the public will have the opportunity to provide input on the proposed sale of the asset. Individuals who wish to submit comments before the hearing can do so through the Office of the Town Clerk at 10 Court Street Bristol, RI 02809.

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Bristol Announces Kevin Lynch for Chief of Police Position

BRISTOL, RI– Today, I am very pleased to announce the selection of former Cranston Police Commander, state agency administrator, and college adjunct professor Kevin M. Lynch to the role of Town of Bristol Chief of Police.

Mr. Lynch, who holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Justice Studies from Roger Williams University, retired in 2009 after a distinguished career with the Cranston Police Department, where he worked his way from Patrolman through the ranks to Commander (Lieutenant Colonel). During his time as the executive officer with the Cranston Police, Mr. Lynch oversaw many administrative duties including Office of Professional Standards, grant management, training, budgetary administration, and department adherence to nation police accreditation guidelines.

Immediately following his retirement from Cranston, Mr. Lynch took on the role of Deputy Director of the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (DPUC) and presently serves as that agency’s Interim Administrator. Mr. Lynch also has long taught courses centering on criminal justice studies, including community policing, police administration, criminology, ethics and career leadership at Roger Williams University (Providence Campus), the Community College of Rhode Island and Bristol (Mass.) Community College.

Chief Lynch resides in the City of Cranston with his wife, Lynn, a Cranston public-school teacher, along with their two children Justin and Cianna.

The Town of Bristol is working closely with Mr. Lynch to ensure a smooth transition from the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers to the Bristol Police Department. In the coming weeks, the Town of Bristol will announce a formal swearing-in ceremony, where the Change of Command will take place.

Thank you to the members of the Town of Bristol Personnel Board and the residents that served on the Police Chief Candidate Evaluation Panel. Finally, I wish to thank all of the dedicated law enforcement professionals that put their names forward for consideration.

On behalf of the Town of Bristol, I wish to congratulate Kevin Lynch and look forward to welcoming him in the near future.

Steven Contente
Town Administrator
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 Press Releases

Bristol Extends Hours of Operation

Bristol, RI – The Town of Bristol is pleased to announce a change in its normal hours of operation. Effective July 1st, 2019, all municipal offices located at Town Hall (10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809) and Department of Community Development (9 Court Street Bristol, RI 02809) will be open for business Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. This change extends Bristol’s current hours of operation by 30 minutes at the start of the workday.

“Our team prides itself on going above and beyond in its customer service efforts,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente, “This change reflects our commitment to making Bristol a better place to do business.”

Administration 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
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