Providence police increase foot patrols amid crime wave
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Providence Police Department has increased officers out on foot patrol in an attempt to prevent violent crime in the city.
The latest effort by the department comes after a wave of crime, resulting in the nineteenth homicide in Providence this year.
ABC6 spoke with Providence police Captain Roger Aspinall, who was not able to share a lot of specifics, like how many officers are out at a time. He did say these patrols are happening around the clock.
“It’s been a tough summer, but we’re going to keep working, we’re not going to give up,” Cpt. Aspinall said. “If we can work on foot posts, if that works, we’re gonna do it, and if it’s not working, then we’ll look for other ways.”
ABC6 also spoke with business owners in Kennedy Plaza to see if they thought the patrols are actually working. Karen Beebe, owner of Queen of Hearts, started a petition to get these foot patrols several weeks ago, after a man entered her store and threatened her life.
“They are very, very helpful with us, and just checking in, every day. They come in several times a day and they check in with us, and they’re really nice, they’re polite, they’re patient. Even having their presence of them is helpful,” Beebe said.
The uptick in crime is not exclusive to Providence. Patrols have also increased in Pawtucket, where they have added bike patrols and victims’ services.
“What we’re trying to do is just try to make that connections with our citizens, make sure if they see something they’re reporting it,” said Pawtucket Police Chief Tina Goncalves.