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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a police officer?

How can I get my fingerprints taken?

How can I get a VIN check for my new vehicle?

When is the records office open?

How can I get a copy of a police report?

How do I obtain a local records check of my criminal history?

How do I obtain a state records check of my criminal history?

How can I register my bicycle?

How can I get information about lost or stolen property?

How can I obtain a hackney license?

How do I make a complaint about an officer?

 

How can I become a police officer?

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age on the date of the examination announcement
  • Must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Diploma (GED) or equivalent at the time of application.
  • Applicants claiming Veterans preference must present proof of entrance and separation dates at time of application.
  • Must present a copy of birth certificate, high school diploma or GED certificate, DD-214, valid state driver's license with application.

Examination Process (not necessarily in this order):

  • General Aptitude Test
  • Physical Performance Assessment Examination (to demonstrate the essential functions of a Police Officer)
  • Physical Examination and Drug Screen
  • Psychological Examination
  • Multiple Oral Board Interviews
  • Department Background Investigations
  • Personal Reference Investigations
  • Swim Examination

All applicants must pass each examination to qualify for subsequent testing. An applicant who successfully passes all of the examinations will be placed on an eligibility register in accordance with his/her overall examination scores.

Training:

As vacancies occur, a successful ranking applicant will be appointed as a Police Officer Trainee and assigned to attend the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy for a 20-week training course as required by the Rhode Island Municipal Training Academy.  After successful completion of the training course, the applicant will be appointed as a Probationary Police Officer for one year and receive further in-service training.  After successful completion of one year as a Probationary Police Officer, the applicant will be appointed as a permanent member of the Newport Police Department.

Salary:

Police Officer Trainee (while attending Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy) - $650 per week

Police Officer - Pay Range $48,601 - $60,605

Applicants must complete a city employment application form which can be obtained from the Human Resources office or on line at www.cityofnewport.com.  The application and required certificates must be submitted to the Human Resources Administrator, City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport, R.I. 02840.

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How can I get my fingerprints taken?

Civilian fingerprints

Effective June 1st, 2011 the fee for fingerprints will be as follows:

  • $40.00 for School department employees and any other person that has to have prints submitted to BCI
  • $10.00 for anyone requesting an applicant fingerprint card for any reason
  • $10.00 for Hackney permits and housing authority applicants

Fingerprinting services by the Newport Police Department will only be done for City of Newport Residents.

The time for fingerprints will be on Wednesdays from 0900-1200.

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How can I get a VIN check for my new vehicle?

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspections are necessary prior to registering a car if the car is bought out of state or has previously been registered out of state.

VIN Inspections are done from 8 A.M until 3 P.M., Wednesdays, for a fee of $10.00. When coming by for a VIN inspection, bring your registration and proof of ownership (i.e. title if car is less than ten years old).

The VIN inspector's desk is located in the front lobby of the police station.

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When is the records office open?

The Records Office is open 8 A.M. to 7 P.M., seven days a week.

Although requests may be accepted at any time, certain requests can only be processed during normal business hours of 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

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How can I get a copy of a police report?

To obtain a copy of a police report you must contact the Newport Police Department Records Office twenty-four (24) hours prior to picking up the report.

The charge for a motor vehicle accident report is $3.00. The charge for other types of incident reports is $2.00. These fees are subject to change without notice.

To have a copy of a report mailed to you, send a written request with a check for the appropriate amount and a stamped, self-addressed business-sized envelope to Newport Police Department, Records Office, 120 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840. Reports can not be faxed.

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How do I obtain a local records check of my criminal history?

You must come to the police department in person to request your criminal history. You must provide your date of birth, social security number and picture identification.

There is a $5.00 charge for this service. Fees are subject to change without notice.

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How do I obtain a state records check of my criminal history?

You can request a state criminal history from the Attorney General's Office, BCI unit, 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. The telephone number is (401) 274-4400.

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How can I register my bicycle?

City Ordinance 10.72.030 states that a bicycle license is required.

No person residing in the city for a period of thirty (30) days or more shall ride or use a bicycle without first obtaining from the police department a license as prescribed in this ordinance.

You can register your bicycle online with BikeNewport.

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How can I get information about lost or stolen property?

The department encourages citizens to report lost or stolen property.

When a report is made, the Records Division enters a description of missing items into the Lost/Stolen Property file in our Records Management System.

When a citizen finds property and turns it over to the police department, the BCI/Property Officer enters it into the Found Property file. He then tries to identify and contact the owner to return it.

If there is no owner identification associated with the item, he searches the Lost/Stolen Property file for matching items. If he finds any matches, he contacts the reported owner to arrange for an identification by documentary proof of ownership, serial number, or ability to accurately describe the property.

If you have lost something, we recommend you make a lost property report, rather than just calling the Records Office to see if the lost item has been turned in. Without a report, we cannot contact you if your item is subsequently recovered.

Current Attorney General's Office guidelines allow the department to return the found property to the finder if it has not been claimed in 90 days.

If the finder does not claim the item within another 90 days (6 months from turning it in), the item becomes the property of the state. It is then auctioned and the proceeds, less auction expenses, are sent to the state Unclaimed Property office.

Auctions are advertised in the Newport Daily News and on this website's News page.

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How can I obtain a hackney (taxi) license?

Hackney licenses are required in Newport and must be renewed annually by May 31st. For a routine renewal there is a $20.00 charge. For new licenses or for renewals over a year old, the cost is $25.00.

Note: Fees are subject to change without notice.

You must provide two passport size photos. You are subject to a criminal background check and a driver's license check. Fingerprints may be required. Allow two business days for processing of your renewal.

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How do I make a complaint about an officer?

The Office of Professional Standards investigates the conduct of officers.  Please visit their page by clicking here.


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