By: Dee DeQuattro
The Chief of the East Providence Police is resigning.
On Tuesday, Chief Joseph Tavares announced his plans to leave the department as of July 1.
Tavares became chief in 2009 after retiring from the Warwick Police Department where he served for over thirty years.
Tavares did not indicate why he is resigning but noted it was a pleasure to have served the department. In a statement he said it was not always an easy job because when he came to the force in 2009 it was facing layoffs, a reduction in personnel, and budget cuts.
“As I prepare my exit I am happy to report the East Providence Police Department is once again growing in membership and is on its way to becoming an accredited police department,” said Tavares. Tavares's time with the department has been rocky at times. In April of 2013 Tavares was placed on administrative leave after complaints within the department. State Police looked into the matter and determined that the claims could not be substantiated and Tavares was reinstated in May 2013.
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