Chief's Message

On behalf of the men and women of the Cranston Police Department, I want to welcome you to the City of Cranston Police Department website. The members of our department are committed to providing the highest level of professional police services to the Citizens of Cranston and our visitors. This website is one of many ways we strive to assure efficient communication with the citizens we serve. Please take a moment to explore our website to learn more about our organization and the many services we offer.

The Cranston Police Department is dedicated to the highest standard of excellence in promoting and maintaining a safe, secure and peaceful community. The Cranston Police Department is proud to be recognized as an accredited law enforcement agency by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association. To better serve our community, the Cranston Police Department embraces the Community Oriented Policing philosophy. Our belief is that working in partnership with our citizens we can better meet the public safety needs of our community to keep Cranston a vibrant city in which to live, work and visit.

To fulfill this mission, our department will take a proactive stance in response to crime by educating the public, utilizing crime prevention techniques and through enforcement efforts. Various programs such as Neighborhood Watch, online crime mapping feature, Citizens Police Academy and online incident reporting system will be employed to enhance community involvement and provide the power of knowledge and transparency of your police department. The police department leadership team will manage all resources with pride, professionalism and integrity.

I encourage you to visit the Cranston Police Department website and our official Facebook page often to obtain updated information or to provide information that may be of vital interest to our community. Together we can make a notable difference in our community.

We are always striving to improve and look forward to receiving your suggestions, comments and feedback.


Michael J. Winquist
Chief of Police