Major Oscar Perez
The Community Relations Bureau serves as a liaison from the police department to the community, working to build, enhance and maintain the relationships that police have with the citizens of Providence. The Community Relations Bureau was developed by Colonel Clements to devote specific resources to work with our community crime watch partners, strengthen police interaction with the city’s youth by establishing a Providence Police inner-city mentoring program with our officers, and assist the Chief in working with the Providence Police Advisory Board members on various issues and concerns throughout the community.
Become a Police Explorer
The Providence Police Explorers Program introduces young men and women interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or other areas of the criminal justice field. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities.
The Providence Police Department’s (PPD) commitment to community policing is shown through its cooperative partnerships built around the principles of creating access to programs and resources that create good safe communities. The Providence Police Department is a nationally recognized model department for its creation and implementation of community partnerships to help create safe, healthy neighborhoods in the City of Providence. The PPD has adopted a philosophy of creating and sustaining strong partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations. These partnerships have allowed the PPD to provide a range of services that reach deep into the community’s needs, and help re-develop blighted crime-ridden areas into safe healthy places to live and grow. Providence police in partnership with the Olneyville Housing Corporation was the only non-profit-police partnership selected through the country to be awarded a Byrne /Justice Assistance community safety grant.
Because of its commitment to community policing partnerships, the Providence Police have seen a steady decrease in overall crime, from a high in 2003 of 12,478 crimes to a twenty-year low of 7,971 in 2014. This represents a 44% drop in overall crime for the time period in which the Providence Police began its commitment to community –police partnerships. The Providence Police Department has been recognized as a leader throughout the country for its police-community partnerships and was most recently awarded The New England Community Police Department of the Year (2014) by the New England Chiefs of Police Association. The Providence Police has created programs to mentor and guide at-risk youth (YPI/YLA Youth safe Haven programs) to create affordable safe housing and parks (Building your way out of Crime) provide social services to those that most need it (Family Services of RI and The Providence Center).
These community-based programs and partnerships have become the cornerstone of the Providence Police Departments crime reduction and community policing approach and will continue to be the tools in which the PPD use to better serve the community.
Providence Housing Authority
The Providence Housing Authority exists to develop and maintain decent, safe, and sanitary housing, and to address the economic and social needs of residents. The Providence Housing Authority is committed to high standards of public accountability and continuous improvement through management excellence, professional development, and customer satisfaction.
Olneyville Housing Corporation
Olneyville Housing Corporation builds and renovates housing units for purchase by first-time homebuyers or for rental at affordable rates. OHC also seeks to promote economic development through commercial real estate development projects in Olneyville. Taking a comprehensive approach to development, they complement our housing development with other quality of life improvements to the built environment.
Family Services of Rhode Island
Family Services of Rhode Island is one of the oldest and largest non-profit human service agencies in Rhode Island. Family Service of Rhode Island mission in the community is to build social service partnerships that respond creatively to the unmet needs of individuals, families and the communities so that people are able to live independently, advocate for themselves, and better their own lives.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence
Their mission is “to enable and inspire children and youth, especially those from diverse or difficult circumstances, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and healthy members of their community, the State of Rhode Island, and the nation.” For 140 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence has provided a safe and fun environment for children and youth in the neighborhoods where kids live. They provide services through professionally trained full-time and part-time staff.
PASA’s mission is to expand and improve quality after-school, summer, and other expanded learning opportunities for the youth of Providence by organizing a sustainable, public/private system that contributes to student success and serves as a national model.
Since the nineteen-eighties, the Eisenhower Foundation merged the American concepts of after-school youth safe havens, youth mentoring and community advocacy with the concept of neighborhood-based police mini-stations. The Foundation calls this the Youth Safe Haven model. Police Officers are trained by the Foundation to assist communities as mentors and to advocate for the youth in these areas. The officers also practice problem-solving and community policing principles to provide a “Safe Haven area” for children participate in activities. Providence was one of only a handful of communities throughout the country selected as a Safe Haven area.
NAFI/NFI is an organization built upon a belief in the power of community to unite, grow and transform individuals into their best selves. NAFI values diversity, training, self-care, personal growth. Their broad staff group includes many clinical and therapeutically trained professionals alongside many grassroots advocates for youth and families. Their goal is to empower clients to maximize their independence and harness past experiences as strengths and wisdom to help them succeed in the future. LISC is a national organization with a community focus. The program staff is based in every city and many of the rural areas where LISC-supported community development takes shape. In collaboration with local community development groups, LISC staff help identify priorities and challenges, delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs. The Institute is an innovative and nationally lauded organization that targets the reduction of
LISC is a national organization with a community focus. The program staff is based in every city and many of the rural areas where LISC-supported community development takes shape. In collaboration with local community development groups, LISC staff help identify priorities and challenges, delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs. The Institute is an innovative and nationally lauded organization that targets the reduction of
The Institute for the Study + Practice of Nonviolence
The Institute is an innovative and nationally lauded organization that targets the reduction of gang or group related violence in Rhode Island. Working in partnership with law enforcement the Institute has been able to help reduce gang-related violence and activity in the City of Providence.
The Providence Center
The Providence Center is at the forefront of innovative approaches to behavioral health care designed to meet the changing needs of the more than 12,000 Rhode Islanders it serves each year. Since The Providence Center opened its doors in 1969, it has been a community resource, providing people from all walks of life with mental health and substance use services in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods.