Pawtucket police cruisers blare Mayor’s “stay at home” message throughout city

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – Pawtucket police officers hit the neighborhoods this week, but not for typical patroling.

Instead, they blared a message from the PA system inside their police cruisers from Mayor Don Grebien, reminding residents to stay home and comply with Governor Gina Raimondo’s orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Mayor’s message is as follows:

“Hi. This is Mayor Don Grebian with an important message. We all know the coronavirus is here in Pawtucket. Please, stay home, wash your hands with soap and water, stay away from groups, and please, self-quarantine immediately and wear a mask if you have a cough or fever. Thank you!”

Chief of Police Tina Goncalves said officers have been blaring the message, street by street, for days, and will continue to do so until every inch of Pawtucket is covered.

“We’re trying to build a strong community partnership with our residents, so anytime we can get out there and kind of bond with the community and explain things to them, educate them, keep them, you know, feeling secure and safe, we try to get out there.”

The message is played on a loop, first in English, then in Spanish, followed by Portuguese.

“Our focus is on educating and working with the community, offering them that sense of security, but at the same time making sure that they’re informed of what’s going on and explaining to them the consequences that could come with violating the orders,” said Chief Goncalves.

She said calls to the department have been down, so the department wanted to make sure they’re still connecting with the community, and reminding them that they’re still there to protect and serve.

“We’re not really interacting with the community like we used to before the stay-at-home order, so I just think it gives the community a little peace of mind that we’re still out there and we still want to be part of the community, and eventually the pandemic will pass.”

Pawtucket was the first city with positive COVID-19 cases after a group of people from St. Raphael Academy had traveled abroad in February.

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