Elorza signs the Providence Community-Police Relations Act

Mayor Jorge Elorza

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. –  Mayor Jorge Elorza signed the Providence Community-Police Relations Act into law Thursday afternoon.

“The Providence Community-Police Relations Act is a product of the hard work of the Administration, the City Council, Public Safety officials, and most importantly, community members and advocates,” read a statement issued by Mayor Elorza.

The most unique community-police relations law in the country, the legislation was drafted by the community, for the community.

It will go into effect on January 1st 2018, authorities say.

The legislation is a national model for community policing.

“With so much tension in the air in cities throughout the country, Providence is being proactive in collecting data and in adopting policies promoting transparency, accountability and strong community relations. I am signing this ordinance into law because it will help make us a better police department and it is an important component of our progressive approach to policing,” noted Elorza.

Providence will also soon become the first major city in New England to use department-wide worn body cameras.

“Their commitment to progressive policing led to 2016 having the lowest number of homicides in 30 years, a 30% decline in the number of shootings, and for the first time in anyone’s memory, there was not a single gang-related homicide in the entire city. I want to thank all members of the Providence Police Department, both civilian and sworn personnel, for their continued dedication, service, and commitment to the city,” said Mayor Elorza.

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