The Smithfield Police Department’s Detective Division is currently comprised of a Detective Captain, Detective Lieutenant, two Detective Sergeants, a Detective, and a temporary Detective. The Division is supported by three full time administrative assistants who are responsible for a wide range of tasks. Detectives duties include following up on criminal cases, both misdemeanors and felonies, Town Ordinance violations, background investigations, narcotics investigations, as well as many other duties.
Detectives in Smithfield investigate a variety of crimes and have received specialized training in homicide investigation, interview and interrogation, accident reconstruction, blood spatter analysis, and DEA basic narcotic school, to name a few. All detectives who investigate cases have attended two semesters at the Rhode Island State Crime Labs forensic program at the University of Rhode Island. At “BCI” school as it is more commonly known, instructors teach detectives how to process crime scenes, detect and enhance latent fingerprint evidence, compare fingerprints, photography, as well as how things like DNA, trace evidence, and firearm evidence are handled at the lab.
To reach the Smithfield Detective Division, call 401-233-1036. After hours, a message can be left for each detective or by email:
Frequently Asked Questions
How and when can I get fingerprinted for my job?
The Smithfield Police Department conducts fingerprinting for childcare workers, securities work, gun permit applications and schoolteachers. Any person seeking employment with a private school or public school department who has not previously been employed by a private or public school department in Rhode Island during the past twelve (12) months shall undergo a national and state criminal background check to be initiated prior to or within one week of employment after receiving a conditional offer of employment. The applicant shall apply to their local police department, where they reside. Fingerprinting is done in the Detective Division from 8:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., each weekday by appointment. If that time is not convenient, other arrangements can be made. All applicants must provide proper identification before being fingerprinted. Please contact the Smithfield Police Department Detective Division between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to make an appointment (401-233-1036). There is a $36.00 processing fee, a $10.00 fee for securities work and gun permits, (each card). Childcare employment fingerprinting is free.
How do I file a bad check complaint?
If you or your business have been a victim of receiving a check for goods or services rendered and upon deposit received a notice from your bank that the account on which the check was drawn, has been closed or non-sufficient funds exist (the returned check must be stamped indicating so). You must follow-up by sending a certified letter to the person who wrote the check. A copy of a form letter is available at the Smithfield Police Department Detective Division, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After waiting 7 days from the day the certified letter was sent and receiving no reply, you can then file a complaint with the Smithfield Police Department Detective Division.