Town Sercives / Facilities
The Police Department is headquartered at it’s facility
at 176 First Avenue. The Police Department consists of 34
sworn and 9 civilian positions when at full compliment.
The vehicle Fleet is comprised of 11 marked patrol cars,
4 unmarked Detective cars, 2 unmarked Administrative
cars, an ACO truck, a van used by the Special Response
Team, a Mobile Command vehicle, and a Police Boat. In
addition to the department’s regular local law enforcement
duties, the department regularly participates in national
and statewide initiatives such as DUI enforcement and
Speed management. The department’s record keeping is
completely computerized and each patrol vehicle is outfitted
with a Mobile Data Terminal allowing patrol officers
access to local, state and national data bases from their vehicles.
The department’s overall strategy is heavily based on
the Community Policing model with traffic enforcement
issues and quality of live issues dominating the call response
of the Patrol Division. Although the department
does not have a separate traffic division, there is a high
likelihood that more patrol officers may be needed in the
future to handle the growing number of traffic complaints
in and around the South County Trail corridor. This is expected
to be exasperated with the opening of New England
Institute of Technology on Division Road and the continued
growth of the commercial district along South County
Call response times are excellent with an overall average
of four to six minutes per call.
Call volume has increased dramatically over the last
several years, mostly due to the continued commercial and
residential growth in the west end of town as well as the
continued vibrancy of the downtown and waterfront districts.
Additional staffing may be necessary in the future
due to this continued growth in call volume.
In addition to the department’s response to an increase
in call volume, three special situations shall almost certainly
present a need for greater resources in the future. These
are (1) the opening of New England Institute of Technology’s
campus on Division Road, (2) the continued vibrancy
of the downtown area that attracts large amounts of people
for its living, shopping and entertainment, as well as (3)
the continued popularity of the waterfront district during
the summertime months, These three special situations
shall no doubt continue to test the current resources of the
department in the future.
East Greenwich Fire District
East Greenwich’s fire protection and emergency medical
services are provided by the East Greenwich Fire District.
The EGFD is a separate municipality with full taxing
authority. It was established by charter from the State of
Rhode Island in 1797.
Fire Tax Billings and tax collection services are provided
by the Town of East Greenwich in order to afford residents
the convenience of quarterly payments
The Fire District has 36 full time Firefighter / EMT-Cardiacs
, who provide 24 hour coverage 365 days a year.
There are two fire stations, one on Main Street and one
on Frenchtown Road. They operate 5 pieces of fire fighting
apparatus, in addition to two Advanced Life Support
rescues and a fire / rescue boat in Greenwich Bay. Both
fire engines are also capable of conducting Advanced Life Support measures.
Monthly meetings, open to taxpayers, are held at the
Town Council Chamber on the fourth Tuesday of each
month. An annual meeting to vote on the budget and
elect the Board of Fire Commissioners is held on the third Monday of June at Swift Gym.
To report a fire or medical emergency dial 911.
For nonemergency / Fire Prevention and Administration, call 886-8686…tax office 886-8690. For additional information the District’s website is egfiredistrict.net
Department of Public Works
The Department of Public Works is located at 111
Peirce Street. The Phone number is 886-8618. Hours are
Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
The Department’s responsibilities are as follows:
• Operation of the wastewater treatment plant and of the transfer station.
• Maintenance of all Town Roads.
• Collection of municipal refuse.
• Operation of municipal buildings and street lights.
• Maintenance of street signs
• Building Inspection
The Department of Public Works is the liaison between
the public and the various divisions. Questions concerning
street maintenance, snow removal, street signs, drainage
problems, sidewalks and minimum housing complaints
should be referred to this department, as well as questions
concerning building, plumbing, electrical, sign, swimming
pool and stove permits. All permits pertinent to building
are issued from this department and it is also involved with
subdivisions from inception to final approval.
Questions and problems concerning public sewers should
be referred to the sewage treatment plant at 886-8649.
The schedule of services for the department of public
works is as follows:
located on Crompton Ave.
Hours of operation are Saturdays
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A permit is required. East
Greenwich residents with a
valid vehicle registration may
obtain a permit at the Department
of Public Works office.
Items accepted included municipal
waste, recyclables (blue
bin and green bin items), yard
waste and metal from East
Greenwich Residents only.
Used motor oil and filters are
The town provides collection
Monday to Friday. Call the
Department office for your
route day. Some holidays may
delay the trash collection one
day for the remainder of the
week. Refuse must be placed
in a metal or plastic trash can
and left at the curb on collection
day. One heavy item is
allowed each week w/exceptions.
Appliances are collected
once a month by appointment
The Town provides weekly
collection of recyclable materials
(the same day trash is
collected) i.e. metal and aluminum
cans, some plastics,
glass and newspapers. Call the
Department office for your
regular route day. Recyclable
materials must be left on the curb by 7:00 am in the blue
and green bins, which can be obtained at the DPW office.
Dog Licenses and Leash Law
State law requires all dogs 6 months and older to be licensed
annually. The fee to license a dog is $8.00. A current
rabies certificate is also required.
Licenses can be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office at
125 Main Street during regular business hours. A special
licensing period is held each year in April. For more information
call the Town Clerk’s office at 886-8606.
A leash law adopted in 1978 requires that dogs be kept
under restraint at all times.
The law states: an animal is under restraint when it is leashed, within a motor
vehicle, on the property of its owner or keeper or
on the property of a person other than the owner
or keeper provided such person is agreeable to the animal’s presence.
For more information call the Animal Control
Officer in the Police Department at 884-2244.
Water, derived mainly from the Scituate reservoir,
is distributed by the Kent County Water Authority. Most developed sections of Town
have water connections, although many homes
west of Route 2 depend on wells.
The Kent County Water Authority is located at 1072 Main
Street in West Warwick. For more information
call 821-9300. www.kentcountywater.org or
East Greenwich Free Library
Located at 82 Peirce St, the library is open
Mon. through Thurs. from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm, and
on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. It
is handicapped accessible. The Library is a member of the
state-wide automated library network. The phone number
is 884-9510 or visit the library’s website at www.eastgreenwichlibrary.org
The East Greenwich Free Library has a circulating collection
of over 65,000 items, including printed books, audio book recordings, magazine and newspaper subscriptions and movies for both children and adults.
The popular fiction collection containing mysteries, science
fiction, large print books, young adult titles and of course
children’s books, also offers all of the new bestsellers. Titles
can be reserved either online, using the automated card
catalog, or by calling. With 21 computer stations available
to the public and the wireless entry system supplying
connections for personal laptop computers, the library
provides access to the electronic card catalog, online research
databases and the internet. There is a substantial
compilation of reference materials, designed to assist in
research queries, and the Rhode Island History and Genealogy
Room houses an outstanding variety of items for
The Children’s Department hosts several weekly story time sessions, plans featured programs throughout the year and conducts an annual Summer Reading Program. The library’s Community Room provides space for cultural and educational events and can be
reserved for use by non-profit groups.
Swift Community Center
The Swift Community Center, formerly known as Swift
Gym, is located at 121 Peirce Street. The building contains
a large gymnasium, a senior meal site, game room and
computer room that are used for Town recreation and senior
For rental information, please contact Human
and Senior Services at 886-8669 Extension 1