NEWS & EVENTS
CHIEF OF THE MONTH
RI police chiefs to announce statewide policy changes.
RIPCA YOUTH FORCE is a brand new youth leadership program that focuses on Traffic Safety issues.
Chief Richard Ramsay began his career on the West Warwick Police department in 1989.
Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association Announces the Twenty for 2020 Campaign
Twenty Promises to All Rhode Islanders from Their Police Departments
The 48 police chiefs that comprise the municipal, campus, state and environmental police departments of Rhode Island, collectively represented by the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association, is today announcing the signing of the Twenty for 2020 Campaign, an effort to ensure the public's faith in its police departments by redoubling a statewide focus on training, transparency, communication and human rights.
"Every police chief in Rhode Island rightly denounces the actions of police officers whose actions and inaction have led to the murder of George Floyd and many other men and women," said Chief Sidney Wordell (Ret.) Executive Director of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association. "The Twenty for 2020 campaign is a list of 20 promises and policy changes that are being enacted statewide. This is a unified effort. We recognize that we cannot create systemic change in our state by doing it piecemeal."
The Twenty for 2020 Campaign is a list of promises and policy amendments set by the collective body of police chiefs. Among those promises are commitments to open book policies and procedures, better communication with the public and further training on diversity, implicit biases, and procedural justice.
"We understand that our words do not carry any meaning unless they are followed by actions. Our hope today is that the promises we are making to our communities will be just the start of a longer, sustained action toward greater police legitimacy in the eyes of the people we serve," said Lincoln Police Chief Brian Sullivan, president of the Association. "At the same time, we defend and stand up for the profession of policing, and we support the good, hard-working women and men who choose to dedicate their lives to helping others."
“Today, the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association has taken the initial steps toward reforming and implementing essential policies that are conducive to fair and impartial policing practices throughout the State of Rhode Island," said John P. A'Vant, president of the Rhode Island Guardians Association. "These much-needed reformative action-steps will assist in facilitating community trust and strengthen the historically broken bond between law enforcement and marginalized communities. Furthermore, these important changes speak to and target several of the underlying obstacles that prevent fair and impartial policing throughout our nation. Overall, I feel that the recommendations will have a positive impact on the culture of policing and help to protect the rights of Black and brown people in our community.”
The campaign's messaging will be widely distributed by all law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island, including releases to the news media, police websites and social media, in a public service announcement video, a program document and an infographic, to ensure that the message is broadcast through all possible channels to as many people as possible.
Community Conversations with Lt. Gov. Dan McKee
On tonight’s Community Conversation, we’ll have a live discussion on police reform in Rhode Island featuring Dr. Lorie Fridell, Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida and Founder of the Fair and Impartial Policing Training Program. Dr. Fridell has conducted research and published on the topics of police use of force, violence against police and biased policing.
We will also be joined by Providence NAACP President Jim Vincent, Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh Clements, Lincoln Police Chief Brian Sullivan and Chief Sid Wordell, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association.
RHODE ISLAND HANDS FREE LAW PSA
HANDS FREE LAW
Rhode Island is about to go hands-free when it comes to drivers and cell phones. A new law will prohibit any driver use of hand-held wirelesses communication devices. Driver will not be able to hold a cell phone or other wireless device while operating a vehicle. The use of headphones or other accessories that cover both ears also is not allowed.
Drivers will be able to use in-car or other hands-free systems or accessories, commonly using a wireless technology called Bluetooth.
If a police officer observes you holding a phone and talking or texting while driving, you will be pulled over and may be fined up to $100. The offense may be waived for first offenders only by showing proof of purchase of a hands-free device.
YOUTH FORCE TRAFFIC SAFETY & LEADERSHIP
YOUTH FORCE is a year round traffic safety and leadership program. YOUTH FORCE is led by The Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association (RIPCA) and supported by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), Office On Highway Safety.
The mission of YOUTH FORCE is to provide Rhode Island youth and their adult advisors with the motivation, information, skills and support necessary to organize events and activities that support Traffic Safety efforts within their communities. Safety campaigns targeting distracted driving, impaired driving, and speeding, as well as, alcohol and drug free prevention strategies are examples of planned topic areas to be covered.
THE RIPPLE EFFECT
THE RIPPLE EFFECT
Impaired Driving Media Campaign takes an intimate look at the enormity of drunk driving crashes and we learn that the number of lives one incident touches is astonishing. The campaign highlights the “ripple effect” through the viewpoint of those involved; including victim’s families and friends, medical personnel, first responders and others who have experienced the consequences and long tail impacts of alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
The video shown is in titled, 'Ryan's Story'. Ryan Bourque was a Jamestown Police Officer, whose life was tragically taken in May 2016 as a result of a wrong way - drunk driver.
For more about The Ripple Effect please visit the website at
The RIPCA is a proud supporter of the Rhode Island Special Olympics.
The RIPCA is a proud sponsor of the Veterans Program initiated by the Providence YMCA .