Providence’s Top Cop Responds to Underage Drinking at Home

UPDATE: Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare just issued this statement on the investigation:

“I've spoken with Chief Esserman about the incident at his home on Friday night. I am evaluating the situation to determine if any further action is required. It would be inappropriate to comment further until I have completed this evaluation.”


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman says he broke up a graduation party for his daughter at his own home after becoming aware that some underage party-goers were drinking.

Esserman issued a statement on Saturday saying a number of “unexpected and uninvited guests” showed up at the party on Friday, and that some were drinking alcohol without his knowledge or consent.

Esserman said he stopped the party and told all of the guests to leave, after first checking to see if anyone driving was under the influence.

The party was being held to celebrate his daughter's graduation from La Salle Academy, a Catholic high school.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Angel Taveras said in an e-mail that the city's public safety commissioner was reviewing the incident.

In February, Esserman was suspended from his job for one day after a verbal altercation with a subordinate.

Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman's Statement:

“My family hosted a BBQ for my daughter's High School Graduation last
night with family and friends. After dinner, the graduates stayed on
for their own party in our backyard with our permission. I supervised
the party with my adult son. The party began to grow quickly with many
unexpected and uninvited guests showing up. I discovered that some
underage guests were consuming alcohol without my knowledge or
consent.  Upon discovering this, I started asking people to leave and
turned those away arriving at the door. I stopped the party and sent
people home. Dispersing the party, I checked that no drivers were
under the influence.”


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