The Detective Division of the Portsmouth Police Department conducts criminal investigations into those who commit felony crimes, misdemeanor crimes, and violations of the Rhode Island General Laws. Investigations are completed in a manner that ensures the constitutional rights of all individuals. The detective lieutenant serves as the public information officer of the department for criminal investigations.
The Detective Division is comprised of a detective assigned to prosecution, a detective assigned to juvenile investigations, and a detective assigned to general investigations.
The Detective Division also oversees sex offender compliance within the Town of Portsmouth, background check investigations, and Access to Public Records Act requests. The Detective Division serves as liaisons for the Department of Healthy Aging, Newport County Mental Health, D.C.Y.F., and any other organization that works in conjunction with providing successful and needed services for individuals. The detective assigned to juvenile investigations serves as the liaison to the Town of Portsmouth’s Juvenile Hearing Board.
The Detective Division is staffed by 1 detective lieutenant, 1 detective sergeant, and 3 detective inspectors.
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