Captain Michael Paiva
The Patrol Division is under the command of a Captain, who serves as the Patrol Division Commander. The Patrol Division consists of the three (3) primary Patrol Watches, the Traffic Officer, the Communications Center, and the Automotive Fleet.
Each Watch works an eight (8) hour shift on a 4 and 2 work schedule that averages the workweek at 37 1/2 regular hours per week. In addition to the three (3) Watches, individual officers may be assigned to work shifts that overlap the regular shifts to provide continuing patrol coverage, and additional manpower during peak periods. These officers are supervised by the on duty Watch Commander or first-line supervisors. Some personnel will work a 5 and 2 work schedule, depending on their assignment.
The Patrol Division provides continuous twenty-four (24) hour per day patrol coverage and calls for service response for the Town of North Providence. The Patrol Division is responsible for the prevention of crime, suppressing disturbances, apprehension of offenders, responding to calls for service, rendering aid, relief and assistance to citizens as circumstances require, preliminary and follow-up investigations of criminal acts, preparation of reports as necessary, and presentation of court testimony.
The Patrol Division handles all emergency and administrative calls coming into the Department, either by telephone or in person, and routes the call to the appropriate police employee or other Town Departments. The Communications Center handles radio communications from the officers; receives 911 emergency calls; operates all RILETS/NCIC and other Communications equipment in the Center; and monitors prisoners through visual and audio contact.
Patrol Operations: Responsible for developing procedures, strategies and tactics for carrying out the patrol functions of the department. Includes evaluating calls for service and other work requirements, and assigning patrol resources to beats or sectors to efficiently deliver law enforcement services.
Traffic Operations and Analysis: Responsible for developing procedures, strategies and tactics for carrying out the traffic operations of the department. Includes evaluating calls for service, traffic accidents, citizen complaints, citation demographics, and other work requirements, and assigning patrol resources to traffic operations to efficiently deliver law enforcement services. Responsible for all aspects of the collection, collation, analysis, dissemination, and program evaluation of traffic analysis. Patrol Officer(s) shall be assigned to coordinate and administer all traffic operations functions and activities.
Parking Enforcement Abandoned/Junk Motor Vehicles: Responsible for developing procedures, strategies and tactics for carrying out the parking enforcement functions of the department. Includes evaluating parking enforcement complaints, controlled parking areas and assigning patrol and other resources to efficiently deliver parking enforcement services. Functional oversight responsibility for the enforcement of abandoned and junk motor vehicle laws.
Special Event Planning: Responsible for developing procedures, strategies and tactics for carrying out the functions of the department at special events. Includes evaluating predicted calls for service and other work requirements, and assigning patrol and other resources to the special event to efficiently deliver law enforcement services. Also includes the administration and operation of the Police Honor Guard Unit.