police http://ripr.org en University Of Rhode Island First State Institution To Arm Campus Police http://ripr.org/post/university-rhode-island-first-state-institution-arm-campus-police <p>The University of Rhode Island announced today it will arm its on-campus police force with guns.&nbsp; It's the only public higher education institution in the state to do so.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:34:45 +0000 John Bender 32074 at http://ripr.org University Of Rhode Island First State Institution To Arm Campus Police RI Students Arrested for Drug-Laced Candy http://ripr.org/post/ri-students-arrested-drug-laced-candy <p>Police say they have made several arrests after a Richmond teenager required medical attention from consuming marijuana-laced candy. One 14-year-old was charged with drug crimes in connection with the incident while another was caught with drug-laced candy and prescription pills. A Chariho High School student was arrested for drug crimes on Monday.</p><p>Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson said the candy could have contained more than just THC.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:38:05 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 31713 at http://ripr.org Fung Says Retiring Police Chief Will Not Receive An Enhanced Pension http://ripr.org/post/fung-says-retiring-police-chief-will-not-receive-enhanced-pension <p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the city’s police chief did not enhance his retirement benefits by briefly being reinstated before retiring earlier this week.&nbsp; Former chief Marco Palombo will get an annual pension of just under $80,000.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:59:41 +0000 Ian Donnis 30754 at http://ripr.org Fung Says Retiring Police Chief Will Not Receive An Enhanced Pension Cranston Police Chief Retires; Ticket Probe Ongoing http://ripr.org/post/cranston-police-chief-retires-ticket-probe-ongoing <p>Col. Marco Palombo, Jr. released a statement announcing that he is retiring as Cranston’s chief of police. The news comes on the heels of a police parking ticket scandal.</p><p>Col. Palombo announced his retirement after 27 years with the Cranston police in a statement to the media. In it, he said he had been considering retirement for a while and is looking forward to new opportunities, including helping to solve cold cases and teaching police science.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:11:05 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30594 at http://ripr.org Miss Our Policy & Pinot On Overdose? Listen Here. http://ripr.org/post/miss-our-policy-pinot-overdose-listen-here <p>We had a full house at the Providence Athenaeum last week. If you weren't able to join us, not to worry. You can listen to the full program right here.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio, in concert with the lovely Providence Athenaeum, hosted a stellar group of panelists for this one hour radio show taped in front of a live audience. Guests included a recovering addict and overdose survivor, an addiction medicine and infectious disease specialist, a drug abuse epidemiologist, a Warwick police captain trained in mental health first aid, and an addiction treatment specialist.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:53:26 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30572 at http://ripr.org Miss Our Policy & Pinot On Overdose? Listen Here. Good Samaritan Law Barred 36 Prosecutions In 2013, Says AG http://ripr.org/post/good-samaritan-law-barred-36-prosecutions-2013-says-ag <p>Police departments from across Rhode Island are reporting on the impact of the state’s relatively new Good Samaritan Law. The law shields from prosecution anyone seeking medical assistance for someone who’s experiencing a drug overdose, with exceptions for crimes involving manufacturing and distributing drugs.</p><p>The Good Samaritan law – also known as Good Sam - took effect in June 2012. And the idea was to encourage more people to call 911 for a friend who’s overdosing. Before the law, the caller could be arrested on drug possession or other charges.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:58:27 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30057 at http://ripr.org Cranston Investigating High Number Of Police Parking Tickets http://ripr.org/post/cranston-investigating-high-number-police-parking-tickets <p>Cranston police are investigating two city councilors’ allegations that their wards were blanketed with parking tickets in retaliation for their votes against a proposed police contract.</p><p></p><p>On November 14<sup>th</sup> the Cranston City Council voted 4-3 against a contract that would have given police officers an eleven percent raise over three years.&nbsp; The next morning the wards of two councilors who had voted against the contract were blanketed with parking tickets.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:05:05 +0000 Flo Jonic 26464 at http://ripr.org Tiverton Police Looking For Couple Behind Fundraising Scam http://ripr.org/post/tiverton-police-looking-couple-behind-fundraising-scam <p>Tiverton police are looking for a local couple who allegedly used their children in a phony fundraising scam.</p><p></p><p>Tiverton police say a local couple has had their three children going door-to-door asking for donations for school. The scam started about two months ago, according to Tiverton Police Chief Thomas Blakey.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Flo Jonic 25365 at http://ripr.org Pawtucket Police Do Not Believe Missing Woman Was Abducted http://ripr.org/post/pawtucket-police-do-not-believe-missing-woman-was-abducted <p>There&#39;s still no sign of that pregnant Pawtucket woman who vanished a week ago. But police say there&rsquo;s no evidence to support the theory that the woman has been abducted.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Twenty-one-year-old Luisa Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt&rsquo;s home in Pawtucket.&nbsp; The day before she disappeared she had reported a sexual assault to police. Her family fears her assailants came back to silence her. But Pawtucket Police spokesman Arthur Martins said there&rsquo;s no evidence to support a kidnapping theory.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:41:02 +0000 Flo Jonic 23297 at http://ripr.org Pawtucket Police Do Not Believe Missing Woman Was Abducted UPDATE: At This Time Police Do Not Believe Missing Pawtucket Woman Was Abducted http://ripr.org/post/update-time-police-do-not-believe-missing-pawtucket-woman-was-abducted <p>Pawtucket police say there is no reason to believe a missing, pregnant woman has been abducted.&nbsp; Relatives of 21-year-old Luisa Pena have expressed concern that she was kidnapped by men she had accused of sexual assault. But Pawtucket police spokesman Major Arthur Martins says there is no evidence of that.</p><div><p>Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt&rsquo;s home in Pawtucket. Relatives say she has the mind of a ten-year-old, has difficulty expressing herself and can&rsquo;t drive.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:37:32 +0000 Flo Jonic 23225 at http://ripr.org UPDATE: At This Time Police Do Not Believe Missing Pawtucket Woman Was Abducted