Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

R.I. Gen. Laws 30-15.8-3

Summary Title

Authority, Powers, Duties, Privileges and Immunities: Law Enforcement Providing Aid in Another Jurisdiction


When an emergency declaration is in effect, a law enforcement officer, who responds to a request for mutual aid in a city or town bordering Rhode Island, will have the same authority, powers, duties, privileges, and immunities as they would have in their hometown. A law enforcement officer who responds to the request for mutual aid is entitled to workers' compensation.

Full Title

City or town aid agreement

Full Text

(a) The police chief of a city or town in Rhode Island may enter into an agreement, which is subject to approval by each city or town council by adoption of a resolution in support of it with another city or town, which is adjacent to and borders on the state of Rhode Island, to provide mutual aid and assistance for all police services prescribed by law within any portion of the jurisdiction of the city or town of the chief granting the authority. (b) The officers responding to the request and agreement shall have the same authority, powers, duties, privileges and immunities for jurisdictional purposes as a duly appointed police officer of the city or town making the request. (c) All wage and disability payments, pension, workers' compensation claims, medical expenses or other employment benefits will be the responsibility of the employing agency, unless the requesting agency is reimbursed for such costs from any other source. Each agency shall be responsible for the negligence of its employees to the extent specified by law. (d) A copy of any agreement entered into pursuant to this section shall be provided to the Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police. (e) The governor shall have the authority to suspend an agreement entered into pursuant to this section upon a finding that the suspension is in the interest of public safety.