Town of Barrington, RI
Bristol County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Barrington 6-28-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-3.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
RHODE ISLAND GENERAL LAWS (AS AMENDED)
Appeals from Police Departments — See § 45-20-1 et seq.
Relief of injured or deceased police officers — See § 45-19-1- et seq.
GENERAL REFERENCES
Police Department — See Ch. 1 of Title 10 of the Charter.
Fire Department Rules and Regulations — See Ch. 12.
Officers and employees — See Ch. 29.
Personnel policies — See Ch. 33.
FOREWORD
The Barrington Police Department was established on July 3, 1934, as a law enforcement agency entrusted with the control of motor vehicle traffic, the maintenance of safety on the state and Town roads, and the investigation and suppression of crime. For over 69 years, Department members have tirelessly performed these duties under the able supervision of a succession of noteworthy Chiefs of Police. The most recent of these, Chief John M. LaCross, hereby enacts this document as the official Rules and Regulations of the Barrington Police Department
The Rules and Regulations manual is comprised of four chapters:
I. Leadership
II. Conduct and Courtesy
III. Personal Appearance
IV. Miscellaneous
As a whole, this manual is intended to embody the principles of effective law enforcement which the members of this Department have come to promote. The Rules and Regulations manual is supplemented by specific policies and procedures of the Department.
Members should read these Rules and Regulations with the understanding that there may arise unforeseeable circumstances to which no provision of this manual is strictly applicable. The lack of a rule or regulation governing such cases does not mean, however, that a member's conduct may deviate from the superior standards which have been the hallmark of this organization for the past 69 years.
The Chief of Police, who is appointed by the Town Manager and serves at the Town Manager's pleasure, has authority to interpret the Rules and Regulations of the Barrington Police Department, subject to the approval of the Town Manager.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance replaced the Police Department rules and regulations adopted 2-23-1962 (Ch. II of Title One of the 1965 Code), as amended.
Article I Leadership

§ 41-1 Chief of Police.

§ 41-2 Duties and responsibilities of Chief of Police.

§ 41-3 Appointment and removal of members.

§ 41-4 Superior officers.

Article II Courtesy and Conduct

§ 41-5 Obedience to law.

§ 41-6 Obedience to rules and regulations.

§ 41-7 Obedience to superior officers.

§ 41-8 Acceptance of responsibility.

§ 41-9 Requests for assistance.

§ 41-10 Reporting violations.

§ 41-11 Courtesy.

§ 41-12 Conduct unbecoming.

§ 41-13 Conduct.

§ 41-14 Harassment and discrimination.

§ 41-15 On-duty religious, racial and political dispute.

§ 41-16 Court appearances.

§ 41-17 Use of alcohol on duty or in uniform.

§ 41-18 Abuse of alcohol off-duty.

§ 41-19 Alcoholic beverages in Public Safety Facility.

§ 41-20 Use of drugs.

§ 41-21 Suspected intoxication.

§ 41-22 Gratuities, gifts, rewards.

§ 41-23 Abuse of position.

§ 41-24 Permitting illegal activities.

§ 41-25 Insubordination.

§ 41-26 Saluting.

§ 41-27 Soliciting personal advancement.

§ 41-28 Endorsements and referrals.

§ 41-29 Conflict of interest statement.

§ 41-30 Use of tobacco or gum.

§ 41-31 Payment of debts.

§ 41-32 Relations with Department employees.

§ 41-33 Political activity forbidden.

§ 41-34 Subversive organizations.

§ 41-35 Associations.

§ 41-36 Visiting prohibited establishments.

§ 41-37 Loitering.

§ 41-38 Entering liquor establishments.

§ 41-39 Gambling.

§ 41-40 Carrying unauthorized articles.

§ 41-41 Reports.

§ 41-42 Truthfulness.

§ 41-43 Falsification of employment application.

§ 41-44 Dereliction of duty.

§ 41-45 Neglect of duty.

§ 41-46 Unsatisfactory performance.

§ 41-47 Physical condition.

§ 41-48 Subject to call.

§ 41-49 Members on sick or injured report.

§ 41-50 Fictitious illness or injury reports.

§ 41-51 Leaving duty post/assignment.

§ 41-52 Meal breaks.

§ 41-53 Treatment of persons in custody.

§ 41-54 Bail or bond for persons arrested.

§ 41-55 Processing property and evidence.

§ 41-56 Interference with legal processes: unauthorized investigations.

§ 41-57 Recommendations regarding disposition of case.

§ 41-58 Interference with discipline.

§ 41-59 Testifying in civil cases.

§ 41-60 Criminal case testimony.

§ 41-61 Dissemination of information.

§ 41-62 Public pronouncements.

§ 41-63 Attendance at public functions.

§ 41-64 Seeking publicity.

§ 41-65 Identification.

§ 41-66 Care and maintenance of Department property, equipment and vehicles.

§ 41-67 Operation of official vehicles.

§ 41-68 Accidents involving police vehicles.

§ 41-69 Responsibility for Department vehicle.

§ 41-70 Expenditure of Department funds.

§ 41-71 Violations.

§ 41-72 Criticism of criminal justice system.

§ 41-73 Prohibited action during suspension.

§ 41-74 Knowledge of police directives.

§ 41-75 Reporting for duty.

§ 41-76 Security of firearms.

§ 41-77 Questions of citizens.

§ 41-78 Awareness of activities.

§ 41-79 General knowledge and performance.

§ 41-80 Knowledge of Town.

§ 41-81 Civil suits for damages or injuries.

§ 41-82 Bearing.

§ 41-83 False information on records.

§ 41-84 Misappropriation of property.

§ 41-85 Marking or altering Department notices.

§ 41-86 Mishandling of evidence.

§ 41-87 Statement concerning liability.

§ 41-88 Release of telephone numbers or addresses.

§ 41-89 Picketing in uniform.

§ 41-90 Not to recommend services.

§ 41-91 Gross incompetence.

§ 41-92 Identity of superior officers.

§ 41-93 Outside employment.

§ 41-94 Visitors.

Article III Personal Appearance

§ 41-95 Personal appearance.

Article IV Miscellaneous

§ 41-96 Telephone and residence requirements.

§ 41-97 Department letterhead.

§ 41-98 Funeral details.

§ 41-99 Flag procedures.

§ 41-100 Residency requirement.