Congratulations to DID Executive Director Frank LaTorre and twelve other leaders who received community awards on October 17th! At the Providence Police Department’s 2nd annual community appreciation award ceremony, Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Pare thanked everyone for the trust they put into the police department and the time and effort they give to the community. As a group, he called them friends of the department and champions for the city.
Award recipients included Eileen Hayes, Abe Hernandez, Carina Monge, Rich Norris, Pastor Hance Philippe, Hillary Salmons, Anthony Santurri, William Scott, Michael Stephens, Kinzel Thomas, and James Vincent. In addition, Family Service of Rhode Island’s Susan Erstling received a special lifetime award for her efforts to reduce the impact of crime on families.
Frank LaTorre was recognized for his role in protecting the quality of life in downtown Providence since 2005. Before accepting his award, he described his experience participating in the Citizens Police Academy, which introduced him to partners in neighborhoods across the city. He said, “In downtown Providence, the police are true partners and part of the fabric of our community. They do all they can to keep the public safe, while being available and known to residents, merchants, property owners and key stakeholders. We are proud the DID can partner with them through our Downtown Security Network, Hospitality Resource Partnership, lobbying for increased lighting and public safety initiatives, and helping to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.”
The Providence Police Department uses a community policing approach to reduce crime and better serve residents. In 2017, Colonel Hugh Clements Jr. created the Community Relations Bureau to increase partnerships and establish more trust between the police and the community. The bureau’s commanding office Major Oscar Perez and his team have worked diligently to promote public confidence by attending crime watch meetings, school forums, career days, and other events. For more information about the department, visit providenceri.gov.