East Providence Police sends 9 police to academy, totals 11
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The East Providence Police Department has received nine new recruits, with two new laterals from other agencies, totaling recruits up to eleven. These recruits will go to Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy.
“In recent years, recruiting and hiring police officers has become more and more challenging both nationally and locally,” Chief Christopher Francesconi said. “Our police department has adopted a philosophy that hiring and recruiting is a constant effort in which all of our officers participate.”
This comes after a succesful and aggressive recruitment campaign, once officers are cleared for the position, they must go through six weeks of swim training, and six weeks of general fitness training.
“The goal and role of the Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Office is to continuously diversify our workforce for the City of East Providence particularly in public safety,” Affirmative Action and EEO Officer Elmer Pina said. “In this most recent recruitment process, the City was able to modify the requirements in an effort to widen the pool of applicants, my office was responsible in getting the word out through civic organizations, gyms, barbershops, hair salons, colleges and universities”
“Thanks to the collaboration between our East Providence Police Department, Human Resources Department and our Affirmative Action Office, who ran an efficient and creative recruiting and hiring process, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to increase our police manning in a way that promotes equality, diversity and inclusion – an effort that will continue under my administration,” Mayor Roberto DaSilva said.