New Shoreham refuses to pay for RI State Police patrols this summer

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (WPRI) — It remains to be seen whether Rhode Island State Police troopers will be sent to patrol Block Island this summer, but one thing’s for sure — the town will not be paying for it.

The New Shoreham Town Council struck down a agreement Wednesday to fund the supplemental patrols throughout the summer months. The vote was 4-1, with First Warden André Boudreau being the only councilor in favor of the agreement.

Prior to this year, troopers were sent to patrol Block Island at no cost to the town. Rhode Island State Police requested payment for the 15-week stint last month, citing staffing issues and budgetary concerns.