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New Shoreham Police Department

10 Beach Avenue

New Shoreham, Rhode Island

phone (401) 466-3220

fax (401) 466-3228

e-mail: policechief@new-shoreham.com

Welcome to the New Shoreham Police Department. Our mission is to create a partnership with the community to provide quality policing for the protection of life and property, the investigation and prevention of crime and the maintenance of public safety.

In addition to New Shoreham’s full-time police officers, the town hires Seasonal Police Officers as well as Community Service Officers for the busier summer months. The New Shoreham Police Department is currently led by Interim Chief Matthew C. Moynihan. Captain Moynihan is on loan from the Rhode Island State Police until the search process concludes.

Updates – March 2021

We’re hiring for the summer! We have positions open for Seasonal Police Officers and Community Service Officers.

·     Click here to apply to be a New Shoreham Seasonal Police Officer.

·     Click here to apply to be a New Shoreham Community Service Officer.


Public Health

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all persons are required to wear a face covering indoors. Face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces, unless one can maintain at least six (6) feet of distance from other people.


Traffic Safety


The Town of New Shoreham has issued new guidelines for moped rentals in 2021.


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The use of rental mopeds is permitted between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
      ·   All moped rental operators will be required to watch a safety video
           prior to renting and will be required to pass a proficiency test on the
           operation of the moped.

      ·   No passengers will be allowed to sit in front of any driver.
      ·   Children under the age of 12 riding as passengers must have a properly
           secured back rest.

Operating a moped while under the influence of liquor and or drugs is a misdemeanor under Rhode Island General laws § 31-27-2 and subject to a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than three hundred dollars ($300). In addition, you may be required to perform ten (10) to sixty (60) hours of public community restitution, and/or shall be imprisoned for up to one year at the Adult Correctional Institution.

Eye protection and compliance with state helmet laws will be strictly enforced.


Public Safety

The New Shoreham Police Department encourages all residents and visitors to enjoy the beautiful beaches, shops and restaurants on the island. Please drink responsibly, designate a sober driver and call a cab when needed. Alcohol consumption outside of licensed establishments or private properties is strictly prohibited.  Alcohol (in open or closed containers) is prohibited on all public beaches. Violators will be fined $75.00 and may be subject to arrest. 

Residents and visitors are encouraged to call 911 to report an emergency or illegal activity.  Our mission is to create a partnership with the community to provide quality policing for the protection of life and property. We need your help and if you see something, say something.

Thank you for visiting the New Shoreham Police Department page. We hope you have a happy, healthy and safe 2021.

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Town of New Shoreham | PO Box 220 | Block Island, RI 02807 | Telephone: (401)-466-3200 | Copyright © 2007