"Police and Community-Partners in Excellence"
The Newport Police Department was the first police department in the State of Rhode Island to implement the philosphy of Community Policing in 1989. The unit has received national acclaim for its approaches to problem solving strategies and programming, which serve as a model for other police departments.
Community policing is a philosophy, management style and organizational strategy that promotes pro-active problem solving and police-community partnerships to address causes of crime and fear as well as other commmunity issues. The Community Policing Unit works to formulate effective strategies in problem resolution.
The Newport Police Department's Community Oriented Policing Unit, commanded by Sergeant Jason Kleinknecht, is part of the Patrol Division. The Community Policing Unit has Four Community Policing Officers, each of whom is assigned to a specific area in the city. As partners with the community, the Police Department encourages the public at large to report crimes or suspicious activity to the Police Department. To contact a Community Oriented Police Officer directly, you can call CPO Anson Smith at his COP 1 office located at 2 Park Holm in the City's North End at 401-845-5865, CPO Merrie Scott at her COP 2 office on Broadway at 401-847-8300, ext,. 5726, CPO Robert Spellman at his COP 3 Office located in Brick Market Place at 401-845-5862 and CPO Joshua Wildes at his COP 4 Office located at 514 Thames Street at the corner of Dearborn Street and Thames Street.
The COP Officers are usually staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
E-mail Sergeant Jason Kleinknecht at email@example.com for any questions and concerns