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Welcome to the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy

The Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy (RIMPTA) was established in 1969 to train and certify all municipal police officers, except those for the City of Providence. Additionally, the Academy was given the responsibility of training police officers from several state agencies that have law enforcement powers.

The first two basic training classes were conducted in Foster, Rhode Island in 1970 under the supervision of the Rhode Island State Police (RISP). In 1971 the Academy moved its training operations to the Armory in Warwick and began to train all the basic police recruit classes on its own. In August of 1981, after moving several more times over the next decade, the Academy moved to the Community College of Rhode Island, Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, Rhode Island where it is currently located. Today the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy is an agency within the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety (RI DPS). The Rhode Island Police Officers Commission on Standards and Training (POST), with the approval of the Commissioner of Public Safety, establishes the courses of training and sets rules and regulations relative to the education, physical standards, and personal character of candidates and trainees.