Police Department

Police Department

cruiserWelcome to the Barrington Police information page. Here you can learn more about who we are and what we do for our community.

If there are specific questions that are not answered here, please submit them by email or call our non-emergency phone number. Remember, for all emergency calls; dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency calls, dial 401-437-3935, our confidential tip line 401-437-3933 or use our Email Hotline.

Animal control questions or concerns? Go to Barrington Animal Control

If you have a complaint about the Police Department, please read this message.

NOTICE: Anyone with knowledge or suspicion of child abuse or neglect should call the 24/7 hotline at 1 (800) RI-CHILD (1-800-742-4453).

Department Information

  • Celebrating accomplishments - 3,435 pounds of medication collected in Rhode Island at the Drug Take Back held in April 2017!
    • Rhode Island Drug Take-Back is a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Attachment

The Force

Police Department - Job Posting. We have no openings at this time.


From the Chief

The men and women of the Barrington Police Department are dedicated solely to preserving the rights, property, safety and dignity of the people of this community. With that mission stated, I created a website shortly after becoming the Chief of Police in January of 2002 as a tool to fight crime while providing accessible information to the community we serve.

As you travel through our website, I hope it is evident to you that it is an extension of our community policing partnership which we renew each day with the citizens we are sworn to serve.

Our website offers the men and women of this department an opportunity to familiarize you with our specialized services and important documents that we provide. I encourage your input to improve this website as this Department strives to provide the best quality and professional services available.

Your ideas can be directed to my personal e-mail address which remains confidential. Simply click the email hotline to send me a message.

We appreciate your taking the time to visit our website.


Chief John M. LaCross

What You Need to Know

Below you will find information about Town regulations as well as information about current scams and schemes impacting our residents.

Tips for Teens and Families

Below you will find topics of interest to teens and families.

Welcome Letter to Parents

Child Safety Seats

Social Host Law

Get Road Ready. An important Parent's Guide about teen drinking and driving

The Cost Is Too High. Message from Michael Messore, Superintendent, Barrington Public Schools: The Barrington Public Schools and the BAY Team have worked together for the past 15 years to educate and inform parents and students about the dangers of substance abuse to their overall health and safety. With national and state laws quickly changing about marijuana regulations and with the creation of new products such as e-cigarettes, it can be very challenging to stay informed. This guide provides parents with updated information about the effects of marijuana on young people. It also includes the latest information about e-cigarettes. It is our hope that you will find this guide The Cost is Too High to be a useful resource when talking with your children about the dangers of substance use.

Parent Guide: Teens & Sexting

Teen Death

Websites and Other Information