Providence police to receive over $2M in funding for new cruisers, equipment

This is an image of a Providence Police Cruiser. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence police will receive over $2 million in federal funding on Thursday to put toward new cruisers and equipment.

In a release Wednesday, a spokesperson for Sen. Jack Reed’s Office said, “The new patrol vehicles, law enforcement tools, and secure, integrated data communications capabilities were requested by the police department and delivered by Sen. Reed in the fiscal year 2022 appropriations law, which President Biden signed into law in March.”

The department will receive $1,375,000 in funding to purchase two dozen cruisers and communications equipment.

“The new vehicles will replace older ones that have over 100,000 miles of wear and tear, which results in higher maintenance costs and reduced reliability,” according to Reed.

The department will also get another $900,000 in funding for cyber security and physical security enhancements. This includes new high-tech security cameras outside of the building and inside interrogation rooms.

“This federal funding will help the Providence Police Department improve efficiency and productivity as well as emergency responsiveness,” Reed said.

A press conference is slated for 11:30 a.m.

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