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The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act

The Student Right To Know and Campus Crime Awareness Act of 1990 mandates that all universities and colleges report certain information relating to campus crime statistics and campus police policies of that institution. In addition, the law also requires the college to prepare, publish, and make available to all current students and employees, and to any applicant for enrollment or employment upon request, an annual police/security report. The report must include such information about campus police/security policies and crime statistics of that institution.

Dedicated enforcement of college regulations, coupled with crime prevention and safety programs, help to meet these responsibilities. The Department strives to provide the high quality of safety and crime prevention services required to meet the needs of a progressive academic institution.

The authority for college police officers is granted by the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education under Rhode Island State Law. College police officers have the same authority, conferred upon municipal police in the State of Rhode Island. Their authority includes the right to issue Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal summons. The department maintains a close working relationship with the local police departments where each of our campuses is located, the Office of Student Affairs, the College Judiciary Committee, Student Government, Physical Plant, and other campus and non-campus organizations. The police department has many responsibilities including campus patrolling, both on foot and in vehicles, preventing, detecting and investigation of criminal activities, assisting the disabled, fire safety services, crime prevention services, general building security and special event security. The department is also responsible for issuing parking permits, parking control, and motor vehicle control on campus.

The police department makes every effort to prevent crime by providing highly visible patrols. Police personnel respond quickly to the needs of the college community. When a complaint is received, an officer is dispatched to investigate and take appropriate action. All crimes are investigated and if prosecution through the court is required we defer to the municipality where the incident occurred. When a student is involved, he/she is also referred to the Dean of Students Office for appropriate action.

To meet the training goals of the department, new officers attend and are post certified by the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy. Upon completion of the academy officers return to the department working under the direct supervision of the shift lieutenant and receive instructions on basic police procedures, report writing, and patrol procedures of the department. On a regular basis officers receive instruction on C.P.R./A.E.D. from certified instructors.

All new officers receive field training under a peer system. New members are assigned to a senior police officer and are provided instruction in all facets of the police departments operation. Police officers are also required to attend external professional education, workshops and in-service on the latest law enforcement techniques.

How we prepare the Annual Disclosure and Crime Statistics

The College Police prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of this report can be located on our website at You will also be able to connect to our site via the CCRI home page at This report is prepared in coordination with local law enforcement agencies surrounding each of our campuses, Divisions of Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, and Student Affairs. Each entity provides updated information of their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act.

Campus crime arrest and referral statistics include those reported to the CCRI College Police, designated campus officials (including but not limited to):

  • Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Chief and Deputy Chief of College Police and all College Police Officers
  • Associate Dean of Students
  • Director and Assistant Director of Student Services
  • Director and Assistant Director of Athletics
  • Directors and Deans
  • Student Judicial Affairs
  • Advisors to Students/Student Organizations
  • Local Law Enforcement Agencies

These Statistics may also include crimes that have occurred in private residences or businesses and is not required by law.

Each year an email notifies all faculty, staff and students that provides the website to access this report. Copies of the report may also be obtained at the CCRI College Police Office or by calling 401-825-2109. All prospective employees may obtain a copy from Human Resources or by calling 401-825-2311 or the website address located on the college home page

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Last Updated: 7/29/16