Creating Safer Neighborhoods in Providence as We Combat Against Illegal Vehicles

 Creating Safer Neighborhoods in Providence as We Combat Against Illegal Vehicles
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Dear Neighbor,

As the summer months approach, we often see an increase in ATVs and illegal vehicles in our neighborhoods. These vehicles have been a significant safety concern for our community and a source of noise disturbances in every corner of our city. As Mayor, it has been my top priority to ensure that Providence is safe for all those who live, work and visit our city. I’m proud to say that since the launch of our Community Response Team (CRT) last year, we have seen significant progress in removing these vehicles from our streets.

The CRT is a new unit in the Providence Police Department dedicated to investigating the use of illegal street vehicles that pose safety risks on our streets and community. Since the creation of the CRT, Providence Police have confiscated over 150 ATVs. For context, from 2020 – 2023 only 102 of these vehicles were confiscated. The addition of this unit has made a significant difference in our community, providing a sense of safety and security for our neighbors.

Additionally, we had the opportunity to partner up with Lights and Sirens International, a local non-profit organization focused on reshaping the narrative and perception of public safety and community relations. Together, we found a positive, productive use for some of these vehicles that have been dangerous to our neighbors for far too long. Through this collaboration, Providence has sent 16 vehicles – 4 ATVs and 12 dirt bikes – to the Dominican Republic to support their police force. These vehicles will find a new purpose in the Dominican Republic, enhancing law enforcement capabilities and contributing to the safety and security of communities abroad.

As we approach warmer months, I want to remind riders that there is no tolerance for using these illegal vehicles on our city streets.  Providence police will continue to enforce this policy rigorously, confiscating any unauthorized vehicles encountered.

Your vigilance and active participation are crucial in our efforts to combat ATV activity. You have the power to make a difference by anonymously reporting any non-emergency information you have. Use our dedicated ATV tip line: 401-680-TATV (8288) or email us at ATVtips@providenceri.govRemember, if you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation, please call 9-1-1 directly. Your actions can help keep our streets safe.

Together, we are enhancing our city’s quality of life by fostering a safer and more vibrant community here at home for our residents.

Thank you for working with us.


Brett P. Smiley

39th Mayor of Providence

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