The Rhode Island State Police (RISP) is an agency of the state of Rhode Island responsible for statewide law enforcement and regulation, especially in areas underserved by local police agencies and on the state's limited-access highways. Its headquarters is in Scituate, Rhode Island.


The RISP was founded in 1925 at the request of the state's General Assembly, and was modeled on the organization structure of the Pennsylvania State Police. Its first headquarters was in the Benefit Street Marine Corps Armory in Providence, which stationed the first twenty-three troopers and the Superintendent. At this stage, the department relied heavily on Indian motorcycles to perform their wide-ranging duties.

By the end of 1925, the RISP had moved its headquarters to a location in North Scituate, and organized itself into three patrol districts comprising the northern, southern, and "island" parts of the state. As the twentieth century progressed, the RISP enlarged and modified itself, establishing new barracks and instituting new programs to further meet its statewide policing mandate.

RISP at Present

Currently the RISP is composed of five patrol commands, referred to as barracks[1], located in:

The RISP fields an additional patrol command at the TF Green Airport in Warwick.

The department also maintains specialized units such as its Charitable Gaming Unit, SWAT team, Dive Team, Intelligence Unit, Detective Unit, Governor's Security Unit, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, Training Academy staff, as well as many other specialized units within the department.

A new departmental headquarters is slated to be constructed in 2007. The RISP Museum in North Scituate has been constructed and is open to the public.

The current issue handgun to each trooper is a Sig Sauer P226 DAK chambered in a .357sig.


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Rhode Island State Police Uniforms (L-R) K-9 Utility, SWAT, Winter, Winter with cold weather parka, Spring/Fall, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU aka. Truck Squad)/K-9 Winter Utility, Ceremonial Dress, Summer, CVEU Spring/Summer/Fall utility, Motorcycle, Dress Uniform

The uniform of the Rhode Island State Police is unique and popular among the law enforcement community. The uniform has also won best dressed in the country in previous years and in 2005, The National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) presented the Rhode Island State Police with a 80th Anniversary Commemorative Uniform Award.

Rank structure

Title Insignia
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Lieutenant Colonel
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RISP in Popular Culture

The RISP features prominently in the comedy film Me, Myself and Irene, with Jim Carrey playing a state trooper affected with multiple personality disorder.

Fallen Officers

Since the establishment of the Rhode Island State Police, seven officers have died in the line of duty. [2]

Officer Date of Death Details
Trooper John Weber
Wednesday, June 17, 1925
Motorcycle accident
Trooper Arthur L. Staples Jr.
Friday, December 18, 1931
Lieutenant Arnold L. Poole
Wednesday, May 30, 1934
Trooper Joseph J. Gallivan
Tuesday, June 22, 1937
Automobile accident
Trooper Bradford G. Mott
Tuesday, May 6, 1941
Motorcycle accident
Trooper Daniel L. O'Brien
Tuesday, August 31, 1954
Weather/Natural disaster
Sergeant Walter J. Burgess
Saturday, November 14, 1959
Automobile accident

Contact Information

311 Danielson Pike
RI 02857-1907
Phone: (401) 444-1000

See also

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