The Prosecution Division is primarily responsible for the successful prosecution of all criminal charges and traffic violations brought by the Warwick Police Department. The Division is comprised of 4 sworn members and 5 civilian staff members. Sworn members include a Captain and 3 officers. Sworn police officers in Rhode Island initiate court complaints and conduct initial arraignments in District Court (criminal) Family Court, and at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal (civil violations). Daily efficient operation of the Prosecution Unit requires a well organized, coordinated effort between the Police Department and the Rhode Island Judiciary. The unit is therefore organized according to function, with its member’s assigned very specific duties.
In 2015 3,051 arrests were presented in court including 313 felony arrests and 159 juvenile arrests.