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Detective Bureau

The Detective Bureau is the largest unit within the Detective Division and is responsible for the investigation of crimes committed in the City of Pawtucket.  The Bureau is divided into geographical districts, East and West, with cases being assigned according to the location of the offense in the City.  Each district is supervised by a Detective Supervisor.  A Detective Captain oversees the daily operations of the Detective Bureau. 

Additionally, there is one detective assigned to investigate financial crimes, such as bad checks, credit card fraud, embezzlement, obtaining under false pretenses, etc. Another detective is assigned property crimes. The property crime detective is assigned to investigate various larceny offenses, selling and receiving stolen goods and the monitoring of pawn shop activity.

Financial Crimes Unit

The Financial Crimes Unit currently consists of one detective who investigates all crimes related to financial gain through fraud. These crimes include credit card fraud, embezzlement, Counterfeiting, bank fraud, internet, check and mail scams, fraudulent checks, and identity theft.

Financial Crimes are currently assigned to Det. Edward Berube who can be contacted at (401) 727-9100 Ext. 761.

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft you will need to take certain steps to alert the proper authorities:

  • Report the incident to any local or state law enforcement officer immediately and file a police report
  • Call the major credit reporting agencies and put a fraud alert on your account.
  • Notify your bank or credit card company in the event your checks or credit cards were stolen and request that your accounts be closed
  • Register a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Be prepared to fill out affidavits of forgeries for banks, credit grantors and recipients of stolen checks. Tel: (977) 438-4338.
  • Contact the Social Security Office if someone is using your social security number to establish credit or new accounts. Tel: (800) 269-0271.
  • Report the theft of your credit cards and request that your account be flagged to all three of the following companies:

If you believe you have been a victim of any other financial crime and the incident occurred within the City of Pawtucket you must FIRST file a police report with the patrol division prior to the FCU investigating. Please call the non-emergency telephone number @ 401-727-9100 to report the incident. If the crime happened outside the City of Pawtucket you must file a complaint where the incident took place. An example would be your credit card information being stolen (not your credit card) and purchases being made in Providence. You must file a complaint with the Providence Police Department. A second example would be your identity has been used to obtain a credit card in California. You may file a complaint with the Pawtucket Police, however, you must also file a complaint with California authorities.

Fraudulent Check "Bad Check" Policy

  1. Deposit the check through normal channels.
  2. If the check is returned due to insufficient funds (NSF) or any other reason except REFER TO MAKER or STOP PAYMENT, send a certified return receipt letter for demand of payment within seven (7) days. If the address is old make every effort to obtain an updated address and send the letter to that address.
  3. If the letter is accepted, you must wait seven (7) business days from the date accepted for restitution to be made. If restitution is not made, bring all the ORIGINAL paper to the police department. Be certain to include : check, certified return letter with envelope (sealed) and a copy of the letter.
  4. In the case of a STOP PAYMENT, send a certified return receipt letter stating that they have three (3) business days from the date of receipt either return the merchandise or make restitution.

The Pawtucket Police Department will not accept:

  • Checks without positive identification of the check writer written on it (i.e. - Drivers license, id card, military id)
  • 3rd party checks
  • Checks for rent, services rendered, or repayment of loans
  • The check must have been transacted in the City of Pawtucket.

Property Crime Unit

The Pawtucket police department's property crimes unit was formed in October 2006 and is a subdivision of the Detective Bureau. The property crimes unit was formed in order to assist the Detective Bureau in the tracking and recovery of stolen goods. Detectives assigned to this unit act as a liaison with pawn shops, second hand dealers and scrap yards that do business in the City of Pawtucket. In addition, they have solidified the Bureau's professional contacts with like assigned detectives in several other municipalities throughout Rhode Island and Southeaster Massachusetts. This unit has continued and expanded the Bureau's network with precious metal vendors, private security companies, etc. A major resource utilized by the PCU in the tracking of sold or pawned goods is the PRECIOUS METAL database managed by the R.I. Attorney General's Office.

Although individual crime reports are often assigned to other detectives, the PCU detective is often utilized as a conduit in tracking items or in intelligence gathering that is often necessary to solve individual crimes. The PCU has also routinely participated in multi-jurisdictional investigations that has led to the arrest of individuals that in the past went under the radar of detection.