Our mediation program allows the complainant and the officer to meet in a neutral space to discuss the substance of the complaint with the assistance of a third-party, neutral mediator provided by PERA. This allows the involved parties the opportunity to discuss the matter in a safe and respectful manner with the aim of resolving the conflict and improving the relationship between the public and the police department. We aim to create a better understanding through discussion. Participation is voluntary and participants can opt out at any time.
Please contact us via our website if you are interested in becoming a volunteer mediator!
Community Education Program
Are you or your group interested in attending a training session provided by PERA? Contact our office to schedule a session. We will be posting dates and times here also. Topics include:
- First Amendment protected activities/rights.
- Fourth Amendment rights.
- Miranda and the Fifth Amendment.
- Individual rights during a police encounter.
- Navigating a vehicle stop.
- How to file a complaint or compliment.
- Understanding the police and PERA complaint process.
- Background on Civilian Oversight.
- Rights under the Community – Police Relations Act.
- Gang database appeals process.
PERA has the authority to review and make recommendations to change existing police policies. We value your input. Do you have a suggestion, concern, or recommendation concerning an existing police department policy? Please contact us and let us know. 401-680-5790 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Police Policies
Current Police Department Policies can be found here.
Previous Policy Change Recommendations
The following are recommendations by the PERA Board to the Providence Police to make changes to their policies based on whatever the findings in our investigations.
Please submit your comments to us at email@example.com.