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Scituate Police Department
116 Main Street
Hope, Rhode Island 02831
Non-Emergencies call 821-5900

It is the mission of the Scituate Police Department to protect life, property and to preserve the peace in a manner consistent with the Constitution of the United States, the Laws of the State of Rhode Island, and the Ordinances of the Town of Scituate. We will act in partnership with the citizens of Scituate to enhance the quality of life, reduce fear and incidence of crime, and address public safety and community concerns in a prompt manner. Furthermore, we will impartially and fairly enforce the law while maintaining the highest ethical standards.

IMG_9100 Chief of Police - Donald R Delaere, Jr.

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Deputy Chief of Police - Todd Rich 



A message from Sergeant Ian Noonan.... 

Come join us for our 21st annual Citizens' Police Academy!
Are you interested in learning more about the duties and challenges of our first responders?
Then come join us for a free program on Thursday nights for 8 weeks, beginning September 6th from 6:30-8:30PM. 
We'll explore topics such as motor vehicle accident response and investigation, police use of force and its social perception, search and siezure, DUI and traffic enforcement, domestic violence, juvenile and elderly services, mental health, hands-on firearms training simulation, and more. 
We will also spend a Saturday morning at the range where participants will receive one-on-one firearms firearms instruction from certified NRA instructors and police officers. 
This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know some of Scituate's police officers, see the challenges that they face in a rural/suburban area, and also get a chance to ask your questions in a casual and relaxed environment. 
Application deadline is August 30th. Class size is limited to 20 seats and fills very quickly.  Applications may be picked up at the dispatch center (116 Main Street, Hope), printed from the link below or request by sending an email to info@scituatepd.org.
You need not to be a Scituate resident to apply, however preference will be given to Town residents. Must be 18yrs or older to attend. 
We look forward to seeing you!



 The Scituate Police Department was made a permanent force on July 9, 1970, by Town Council ordinance. It was authorized a Chief, Deputy Chief, a Captain, a Lieutenant, three Sergeants and as many Patrolmen as the Council should from time to time determine necessary.

The present table of organization includes a Chief, Deputy Chief, one Lieutenant, five Sergeants and ten Patrol Officers. Additionally, there are five full time civilian employees, including a secretary and four dispatchers, who are also responsible for fire and EMS dispatch. There is also part-time weekend Dispatcher. Animal Control includes one full-time and one part-time Animal Control Officer and a Town-owned facility. Future staffing plans for the Department include a detective position.

Records show that since 1923 seven men have served as Chief of Police in the town. Prior to that time police services were handled by the Town Sergeant.

  • Chief John H. Riley - 1923-1946
  • Chief John J. Crowley - 1946-1971
  • Chief William J. G. Lawton - 1971-1990
  • Chief William M. Helm - 1990-1996
  • Acting Chief John R. Devine - 1996-1997
  • Chief William F. Mack - 1997- 2008
  • Chief David M. Randall - 2008 - 2017
  • Chief Donald R. Delaere Jr. - 2017 - present

pdThe police station has been located in Hope since at least 1925. It has been at the present location since the early thirties. Initially it consisted of the front portion of the present facility which was formerly a school. The rear portion, the former Hope community house, was renovated and added to the station in 1979.


Accident Reports Require (2) business days to process.
Must call first to arrange for a copy to be made available
GET CRASH REPORTS (click here)

Must first contact the Chief's Secretary to schedule an appointment. Fingerprinting conducted on Thursday mornings. Note: Background checks w/o fingerprinting does not require an appointment
$5.00 fee for BCI only
$40.00 fee for fingerprinting.  Check of money order only, no cash.

Police Reports
Must contact the police department regarding availability

Public Records Request
A Scituate Police Department Public Records Request Form may be filled out. Contact the Department for more information. Pursuant to R.I. General Law 38-2-7, the department is provided up to ten (10) business days to comply or deny access to a record

Smoke Detector Inspections
Contact directly the Fire Department in your district - http://www.scituateri.org/fire.htm

VIN Checks
Daily between 6:30 am - 7:30 am and/or between 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Must bring:

  • Vehicle (if unable to transport, call the department for guidance)
  • Title
  • Check or money order for $15 made out to Scituate Police Department

Charitable Gaming Information and forms please visit http://risp.ri.gov/cgu/index.php


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