Chief's Message



As Chief of Police, I would like to personally welcome you to the Cumberland Police Department’s website.  The Cumberland Police Department is comprised of dedicated, professional police officers that are committed to our community.  The men and women of the police department are committed to providing our citizens with the best possible service.  Our website is just one way of showing you the sense of pride, professionalism and dedication that the members of this department strive to achieve every day.

It is our belief that while the mission of the Cumberland Police Department is to serve and protect the public, it is also our obligation to keep you informed of the various changes occurring within our department and the people and issues that affect law enforcement in our town.  To carry our mission forward, we work closely with neighborhood groups, schools, churches, social service agencies, other town departments and other law enforcement agencies.  We know that it takes effective partnerships to ensure that our citizens possess the very best quality of life.  Partnerships are two-way relationships and will require a similar commitment from individuals, groups and organizations outside the control of the police.  Everyone has a role in the pursuit of public safety.

The motto of the members of the Cumberland Police Department is “Working Together to Build a Safer Community.”  This website is prepared with those sentiments in mind, always working to better serve and provide safety and service for everyone who lives, works or visits the Town of Cumberland.  Your thoughts, comments and observations are not only welcome, but also are very important to us.  Thank you for viewing our website and we look forward to serving you in the future.


Sincerely Yours,

John R. Desmarais
Chief of Police



Mission Statement

"To provide professional police service in our diverse and growing community through a spirit of cooperation and communication; enhancing the quality of life through impartial enforcement of the law and recognizing the changing face of our nation, emphasizing the highest level of integrity and ethical standards."



1. Purpose of Accreditation

The Cumberland Police Department is National Accredited. The overall goal of the Accreditation program is to improve the delivery of law enforcement services to the community it supports. Like all organizations, the Cumberland Police Department continually looks for ways to upgrade its policies and procedures. No matter how effective daily operations are, there is always room for improvement.

2. Why Accreditation?

Accreditation serves to distinguish participating organizations as having met professional standards of conduct and service. As in other professional organizations, those in law enforcement recognized the need to develop professional standards. Accordingly, then Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. was formed in 1979 to establish a body of standards intended to increase efficiency, effectiveness and accountability in law enforcement organizations. The Commission is a joint effort of four respected organizations, the International Association of Chief of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Nationals Sheriff's Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum.

3. What are the benefits of accreditation?

  • Nationwide recognition of professional excellence.
  • Community understanding and support.
  • Pro-active management systems, polices, and procedures documented.
  • Liability litigation's are reduced.
  • Accreditation makes a statement to other law enforcement agencies, professions and the community that the Cumberland Police Department meets the highest level of standards and professionalism.

4. How many law enforcement agencies are accredited?

While there are over 15,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada, there are only approximately 450 that are accredited. The Cumberland, Rhode Island Police Department is proud to be one of those that is accredited.

For more information, contact Captain Alan Milligan at the Cumberland Police Department Administration Office, 401-333-2500 ext. 3003

Cumberland, RI Police Department
1380 Diamond Hill Road Cumberland, Rhode Island 401.333.2500