Sgt. Philip Hartnett
The mission of the Special Victims Unit is to thoroughly investigate every complaint of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence within the family unit, and crimes against the elderly population. Furthermore, the SVU is also responsible for all Sex Offenders living in the City of Providence who have been released from prison, placed on probation/parole, moved to the City of Providence from another state or attend school/work in the City of Providence.
Lastly, community notification of Sex Offenders who have been assessed a Level by the Sex Offender Community Notification Board will be the responsibility of the Special Victims Unit. The Special Victims Unit is comprised of seven (7) detectives and two (2) full time Law Enforcement Advocates.
The State of Rhode Island maintains a Statewide Online Registry for Level II and Level III Sex Offenders organized by community and zipcode.