The Bristol Police Department, in cooperation with the people of Bristol and in partnership with other public and private agencies, assume a leadership role through a problem-solving approach, as we work together to make Bristol truly New England’s outstanding “community by the sea”. The Bristol Police Department works to prevent crime and disorder, reduce citizen fear of crime, provide for the safe and efficient flow of traffic, provide a variety of noncriminal activities and improve the quality of life of all community members.

Department Values

Commitment to Excellence

The Bristol Police Department is proud to be a Nationally and State Accredited Law Enforcement Agency. For more information, please contact the Accreditation Office at 401-253-7000 Option 6.

Tip 411

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.

Online Police Reporting

To better reach the community we serve, the Bristol Police Department has implemented an online reporting system designed to provide a convenient alternative for citizens to report non-emergency situations.

Department Branches

In 2019, the Bristol Police Department was restructured to streamline administrative and operational responsibilities. Click below to learn more about the different divisions.

Department Services

The Bristol Police Department provides constituents with a variety of community services to assist business owners, residents, and vehicle operators. Learn more by clicking the button below.

Community Outreach

Learn about the Bristol Police in the community.

Local Ordinances

View local laws in the Town of Bristol.

Noise: Code of Ordinances, Chapter 10, Section 10-37
Parades: Code of Ordinances, Chapter 25, Section 25-4

Public Agencies

Find links to government agencies in the State of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles
Rhode Island State
Fire Marshal
Rhode Island State

Contact Us

Address: 395 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809
Lobby Hours of Operation: 24/7
Records Office Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday | 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays | Closed

Emergency Number: 911
Emergency Fire & Rescue Number: 401-253-6611 or 911
Non-Emergency Number: 401-253-6900
Alternate Non-Emergency Number: 401-254-6900
Anonymous Tip Number: 401-254-2229
Accreditation Office: 401-253-6900 Option 6

Fax Numbers:
Detectives: 401-253-1190 | Dispatch: 401-253-1540

Kevin Lynch

Chief of Police

Brian Burke

Chief of Administration

Scott Mcnally

Chief of Operations

Janet Philips

Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police

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