Providence Public Safety Commissioner says RI Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights needs changes

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Providence Public Safety Commissioner, Steven Pare, says changes need to be made in the Rhode Island Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights.

Pare says it limits the power local police chiefs have by taking away their ultimate authority.

The commissioner who oversees both the capital city’s police and fire departments recently wrote an op-ed on the legislation Wednesday in the Providence Journal.

“We’re only one of a dozen of states that have an officer bill of rights,” Pare told ABC6. “We are the only state that I know of that strips the authority from the police chief in making decisions on discipline and we need to change that.”

Part of the proposed changes would give every police chief in the state the ability to create higher standards within their departments.

 

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