Providence police details canceled at all city strip clubs
More problems now facing the adult entertainment industry in Providence, after police announced they will no longer be offering police details at all strip clubs in the city.
This comes on the heels of a State Supreme Court ruling that allowed the Foxy Lady to open back up after it was shut down permanently by the Board of Licenses when three women were busted by undercover officers for selling sex last month.
The court says it can operate as long as there's a police detail on weekends and state holidays, and the club's VIP rooms remain closed.
The problem for the Foxy Lady is that this decision by the department would require them to pay for a police detail so it can operate on its busiest nights.
"I don't think it's fair to the club or the other adult clubs in the city," said Foxy Lady manager Richard Angell. "Obviously this wasn't our decision when the decision was made. I'm sure all the other adult clubs feel the same way."
Angell said the club's lawyers are working on an agreement so they can stay open.
He said the club has been working with the Providence Police department for about ten years, and their presence is welcome as it acts as a deterrent to troublemakers.
"We try to keep trouble to a minimum but having the Providence Police here always helps us out," Angell said. "They've always been a helping hand to the Foxy Lady."
The Foxy Lady now has to put on more private security.
A Providence Police spokesperson told ABC 6 that all police details for adult entertainment clubs were canceled 'in the best interest of the department.'
The Providence Fraternal Order of Police condemned the decision in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
"Past practice has shown hiring private security instead of police officers at clubs is one of the things which leads to issues at clubs. Private security will not deter criminal activity in clubs nor will they control what happens and are more likely to not report things when they do," the statement read. "Keep in mind the incident in question which ultimately led to the commissioners action today took place at a time when police were not on duty."
But Chris Menton, a criminal justice professor with Roger Williams University, said the situation is a little more complicated.
He said it's a moral question that should be answered by top officials in the state.
What it comes down to, according to Menton, is if the department and taxpayers want officers being paid for security in such a questionable industry. But the former corrections officer agrees that police officers act as the ultimate deterrent.
"It's hard to compare it to other industries because there's certainly a lot of darker sides," he said. "[Adult entertainment] is morally disapproved of by a large portion of our population."