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Safety a Priority for Downtown Providence

The beginning of summer brings a more relaxed atmosphere in Downtown Providence, and we must all work together to ensure that the neighborhood remains active and safe. If you have specific concerns, we want to remind you about ways to access a variety of resources.

City of Providence
We are fortunate to have Lieutenant Roger Aspinall as the commanding officer for District 1. He follows a community policing approach that allows bike officers and foot patrols to get out of their cars and on the street, building relationships with people who frequent the downtown area. The police are committed to improving the overall quality of life in the neighborhood, and they encourage members of the community to contact them.

For emergencies that need immediate attention, always dial 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, contact the police at the Public Safety Complex: (401) 272-3121 or the District Headquarters: (401) 243-6910.

To report an area of concern to the Mayor’s Center for City Services, use the PVD311 system. Download the PVD311 app to address problems such as potholes, litter on public property, missing signs, broken lights, dangerous sidewalks, or graffiti. You can also visit the PVD311 website or call 3-1-1 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM).

Also, be aware of the close coordination between members of the Downtown Security Network, which is co-chaired by the DID and the Providence Police. This partnership of public and private downtown security meets on a regular basis to share information and work more efficiently.

Downtown Improvement District (DID) Safety Ambassadors
Our team members patrol the 83-block downtown district every day, providing extra eyes and ears on the street. Many people recognize them by their bright yellow and black uniforms and friendly, approachable demeanors. Introduce yourself, ask them questions, and discuss any issues that are non-emergencies. You can also call the DID office during regular business hours at (401) 421-4450 to talk to our staff.

Downtown Neighborhood Association
All downtown stakeholders are invited to participate in the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s regular Crime & Safety Watch meetings. These monthly walks bring volunteers together to review neighborhood conditions and report issues to PVD311. Email the DNA or follow the organization on Facebook to get involved.