Office of Campus Police​

RIPAC award of accreditation
What We Do

Our philosophy is simple: provide a secure and welcoming environment so that our campus community members can grow and thrive in their personal and professional lives.

Contact Information
Campus Police Administration

Colonel James J. Mendonca
Director of Security and Safety​
Chief of Campus Police

Major Richard G. Silva
Assistant Director of
​Security and Safety for Operations​
Deputy Chief of Campus Police

Captain Joseph D. Acampora Jr.
Assistant Director of Security and Safety for Administration

Ms. Laura Coelho
Data Management Coordinator, Clery Act Compliance

The Rhode Island College Campus Police is an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency

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On November 19, 2022, the Rhode Island College Campus Police Department (RICPD) was recognized for its commitment to public safety excellence by receiving its initial Law Enforcement Accreditation award from The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®).

Approximately five percent of all law enforcement agencies worldwide are currently internationally accredited by CALEA®.  The RICPD is now one of only twelve police departments in Rhode Island to achieve CALEA® accredited status and the only state college/university department to earn this prestigious award.

We encourage all members of our campus community to provide direct feedback to CALEA® regarding the RICPD’s compliance with CALEA® standards by accessing this portal. Your comments can be in the form of either commendations or concerns.  This feedback is designed to provide the RICPD with information vital to supporting its ongoing commitment to public safety excellence.

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The RICPD is also accredited by the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission (RIPAC), having received its initial award on June 30, 2021. Each accreditation award will remain in effect for four years, after which time both accrediting bodies will conduct on-site reassessments of the RICPD to ensure its continued compliance for reaccreditation purposes.

These distinguished honors are the result of the hard work and dedication by the members of the RICPD to meet the rigorous performance metrics set by both accrediting bodies. The standards that the RICPD must continue to adhere to reflect universally accepted best practices in policing and will assist the agency in maintaining its status as a professional law enforcement organization that is dedicated to providing exemplary police services to the campus community. 

Our Mission

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The mission of the Rhode Island College Campus Police​, a component​ of the College's Department of Security and Safety, while multifaceted, is simplistic in nature and is centered upon a single goal: to provide for the safety of life, personal and institutional property, and to enhance the educational process.​

This goal is accomplished through the enforcement of all local, state and federal laws and statutes, as well as the various policies and procedures established by the college administration and the Council on Postsecondary Education.​​


Compliment and Complaint Procedure

We encourage community members to take the time to write or call the department and ask for a supervisor. Offer your personal thoughts which will be conveyed to the Chief of Police and then, formally, to the officer themselves.