Mayor Smiley Announces Details of Community Meeting: Our Next Police Chief
PROVIDENCE, RI– Mayor Brett P. Smiley today announced that Providence Career and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker Street, Providence will be the site of the public forum where Providence community members can meet final candidates applying to become the 38th Chief of Police. The public forum will be held on February 8th, 2023 at 5:30PM.
“The Chief of Police will play a critical role in my administration, focused on increasing public safety, building strong community relations and addressing quality-of-life crimes,” said Mayor Brett Smiley. “That’s why its deeply important that Providence residents, business owners and community members attend the public forum, get to know the final candidates, hear directly from them how they would like to serve our city in this new role, and guide the Administration in making our final selection.”
Applications for Chief of Police will be accepted through February 4th through the city’s website. The bilingual survey engaging community members on what qualities they would like to see in the next leader of the Providence Police Department has received over 1,000 responses to date and will remain open until February 5th. Survey findings will be shared at the beginning of the public forum on February 8th.
The forum will be facilitated by Nonviolence Institute Executive Director Cedric Huntley and community leader Dr. Pablo Rodriguez. Candidates will be asked questions based on survey responses. Top candidates will be able to demonstrate a commitment to excellence, and eagerness to build community trust and ensure public safety.
A final decision on Chief of Police will be made by the Mayor.
WHAT: Community Meeting: Our Next Police Chief
WHO: Mayor Brett Smiley; Nonviolence Institute Executive Director Cedric Huntley;
Dr. Pablo Rodriguez; final candidates for Chief of Police; Providence community members
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8 at 5:30PM
WHERE: Providence Career and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker Street