The Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) is responsible for
collection, preservation, and documentation of all major crime scenes.
The Detective Division is responsible for follow-up investigation of felony crimes reported to the Bristol Police Department.
Active Organizations & Liaisons
The unit maintains a liaison with the Rhode Island Crime Lab and the Forensic Services Division of the Department of Health.
The unit is active in organizations such as the:
Rhode Island Criminalists Associates
New England Division of the International Association for Identification
International Association for Identification
All felony cases are evaluated for solvability by the Detective Division
Supervisor. If a case has a good chance of solvability, the case is
assigned to a detective. Case solvability is determined by the existence
of investigational leads. These leads must indicate the potential for
successful arrest and conviction. Since police resources are limited, it
is not effective or practical to devote investigational resources to
cases with little chance of a successful resolution.
Common examples of investigational leads include:
Suspect is known by a victim
Existence of fingerprints
Existence of a surveillance photo
Other substantial information which my lead to the identification of a suspect
If sufficient investigational leads do not exist, the case will be
suspended. If new information develops in the future, a case can be
reopened and assigned to a detective.
Detectives may become involved with the investigation of other
incidents, which could pose substantial risk to the lives or property of
our citizens. Such cases may include missing persons, sex registrant
management, and other suspicious activity that may result in a criminal