Public Records Request Guidelines

To further enhance the Cumberland Police Department's committment to transparency, we have instituted the following procedure to help you obtain public records.

  1. To reach our Access to Public Record Division please call (401)333-2500 and ask to be connected with the Records Division. The Supervisor of the Records Division is the Deputy Police Chief.

  2. Our Regular business hours are 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday thru Friday. If you come in after regular business hours, please complete the Public Records Request form located in the front lobby.

  3. The Records Division may ask you for the reason for the request, as part of it's regular course of business. However, you are not required to provide indentification or the reason you seek the information, and your right to access public records will not depend upon providing identification or reasons.

  4. In order to ensure that you are provided with the public record you seek in an expeditious manner, we ask that you complete the Public Records Request form which can be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. On-line requests and fax request for public records can be submitted to Ms. Nancy Whitney at The fax number is (401)334-2049.

  5. There are times when the public records you seek are not available at the time of your request. Please be advised that the Access to Public Records Act allows a public body ten (10) business days to respond to requests, which can be extended to twenty (20) days for "good cause". All request for extensions by the Cumberland Police Department will be provided in writing, explaining the reason for the extension request.

  6. Adult arrest log information will be provided within forty-eight (48) hours after receipt of request unless the request is made on a weekend or holiday, then the information will be available in seventy-two (72) hours. This time schedule pertains to arrest made within five (5) days of your request.

  7. All denials of Public Records requests will be provided in writing, detailing the reason for denial.

  8. If you feel that you have been denied access to public records, you have the right to file a review petition with the Department of the Attorney General.






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