POLICE Advisory

Vision

Our visions as the Police Advisory Sub-Committee is to:

  • Create a community where everyone feels safe and respected and,
  • Have a community-driven safety response that is by and for the community.

    Mission

    The mission of the African American Sub-Group on Police Accountability is to create positive changes in our Police Department to create a safer community for residents and police.

      Objectives

      (1)  Removing Student Resource Officers (SROs) from Providence Public Schools and replacing them with: school culture coordinators or similar structure; restorative justice practices; peer mediation/safety teams; more robust family engagement.

      Actions

      • The African American Sub-Group on Police Advisory partnered with the Providence Human Relations Commission for a community meeting to discuss student resource officers (SROs) in Providence Public Schools.
      • Link to the community meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuBXBB96J8k&feature=youtu.be
      • The sub-group also compiled “Three Points,” a document that outlines concerns and potential solutions regarding SROs.   These recommendations were submitted to the Mayor’s Policy Office which has drafted an official memo in which has been submitted for review to the Superintendent of PPSD and Mayor Jorge Elorza.   Providence School Health Needs Assessment

      (2)  Implementing the Obama Foundation “8 Can’t-Wait” Policies.

       

      Actions

      • The African American Sub-Group on Police Advisory reviewed the City Use of Force Policy submission form before publicized to maximize community response.
      • The African American Sub-Group partnered with the Human Relations Commission and the African American Advisory Group Police Advisory Subgroup for a community meeting to discuss the Providence Police Department’s Use of Force Policy and the Obama Foundation’s Commit to Action. Commit to Action is a campaign that Mayor Elorza signed onto that commits to bringing immediate change to police departments throughout the country.

      (3)  Increasing Community Engagement and Transparency

       

      Actions

      • The African American Sub-Group partnered with the Human Relations Commission for a community meeting to discuss the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights. Adopted in 1976, LEOBOR protects officers accused of misconduct from being immediately fired or placed on unpaid leave.
      • Looking ahead, the sub-group is interested in lobbying for the support of Representative Anastasia Williams An Act Relating to State Affairs and Government – Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.

      THREE POINTS:  POLICE ADVISORY STANCE ON SRO’S

      The entire group moves to remove SRO’s completely from schools

      THE PROBLEM

      Student Resource Officers in Providence Public Schools

      THE CONCERN

      • SROs in the City of Providence are concentrated in schools that serve large populations of low-income and minority students, contributing to the over-policing of these communities and the school-to-prison pipeline.
      • SROs are not a proven method to contribute to a positive climate within schools.
      • The vast majority of arrests by SROs in PPSD were made in regards to student misconduct and non-emergency disruptive behavior at school. Arresting students on school premises does not promote the best interests of students, the school system, law enforcement and the community at large.

      THE SOLUTION

      Remove SROs off the premises of these high schools and have them respond to calls on an as-needed basis.

      (1)Create volunteer safety corps made up of members of the community, student leadership and more to improve the culture of violence inside of Providence Public Schools.
      (2)Fund Arts, Culture and Theatre opportunities for youth to enhance school culture.

      The vast majority of arrests by SROs in PPSD were made in regards to student misconduct and non-emergency disruptive behavior at school. Arresting students on school premises does not promote the best interests of students, the school system, law enforcement and the community at large.

      Bring in more funding for social workers, behavioral health specialists and guidance counselors to better help students who are in crisis and in need of mental health and behavioral health supports. PPSD School Assessment Needs

        Police Reform Subgroup Meetings and Recordings

        (1) COMMUNITY CONVERSATION REGARDING STUDENT RESOURCE OFFICERS

        Join the Providence Human Relations Commission and the African American Advisory Group Police Advisory Subgroup for a community meeting to discuss student resource officers (SROs) in Providence Public Schools. We would like to prioritize the voices and experiences of current PPSD students but all are welcome. Spanish translation will be made available.

        Tuesday, August 25th 2020
        6:00-8:00 PM

        Missed the meeting? View it here.

        (2) COMMUNITY CONVERSATION REGARDING THE POLICE USE OF FORCE POLICY AND THE OBAMA FOUNDATION’S COMMIT TO ACTION

        Join the Human Relations Commission and the African American Advisory Group Police Advisory Subgroup for a community meeting to discuss the Providence Police Department’s Use of Force Policy and the Obama Foundation’s Commit to Action. Commit to Action is a campaign that Mayor Elorza signed onto that commits to bringing immediate change to police departments throughout the country. To review the current use of force policy or provide feedback in advance, please see here: https://www.providenceri.gov/mayor-city-services/feedback/ Spanish translation will be made available and all are welcome to attend.

        Tuesday, September 1, 2020
        6:00-8:00 PM

        Missed the meeting? View it here.

        (3) COMMUNITY CONVERSATION REGARDING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS (LEOBOR)

        Join the Human Relations Commission and the African American Advisory Group Police Advisory Subgroup for a community meeting to discuss the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights. Adopted in 1976, LEOBOR protects officers accused of misconduct from being immediately fired or placed on unpaid leave. Spanish translation will be made available and all are welcome to attend.

        Tuesday, September 8, 2020
        6:00-8:00 PM

        Missed the meeting? View it here.

        Policy Reform Subgroup Members

        Group Co-Leaders:
        Vernon Martin and Anita Bruno

        Group Members:
        Representative Anastasia Williams, Angie Leary, Dr. Dannie Ritchie, Elise Swearingen, Herlin Perry, Juan Cameron, LaToya Watts, Nicole DuFresne, Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune, Pamela Hughes, Ray Smith, Regina Clement, Sal Monteiro, Shane Lee and Sherri Bevel.

        Our AAAG Members

        Alejandra De Paz, City Staff
        Anjel Newman - AS220
        Annette Alves – Federal Hill House
        Anthony Carrion – Dean of Students, Nowell Leadership Academy
        Brooke Waldron - Indigenous Community member
        Caterina Cable – Community member
        Cedric Huntley – Executive Director, Nonviolence Institute
        Celeste Johnson – Community member
        Chase Baptista – Providence Public School District
        Charles Newton – Administrator, State of RI
        Cheryl Galloway – The MET School
        Cheryl Isom-Wie – Director, The MET School, Coordinator, Consultant and facilitator at STEM Based Education
        Corey Brown – Providence Police Officer, Community Mentor, WE GOT NEXT
        Cris Potter – Founder, Red Rooster Solutions
        Crisolita Figueiredo – Community and Political Activist
        Deborah Harris – D.A.R.E
        Denise Debarros - Community Advocate
        Desmond Ranglin - JARI
        DJ Rukiz – The Juice 88.9 online radio
        Doug Victor – South Side Community Land Trust
        Dr. Adama Brown-Hathaway - UWRI
        Dr. Dannie Ritchie - MD, MPH Founder, Community Health Innovations of Rhode Island

        Dwayne Boo Hackney - It's on US/ No More Murder
        Elaina Scorpio - Tenant Network RI

        Elise Swearingen - Project Manager, Community Advocate
        Enrique Sanchez – BLM RI PAC, Reclaim RI, Prov DSA, Rhode Island Socialists, PSL RI
        Georgina Sarpong – Co-owner,Abundance Farms, Black Lives Biz
        Gina Fisher-Cook - State of RI Traffic Tribunal, Community Advocate
        Dr. Hume Johnson -CEO and Brand Strategy Partner at Hume Johnson Consulting LLC,RWU
        Jacob Brier - Historian
        James Monteiro - Reentry Campus Program
        James Vincent - NAACP
        Jamiere Wilson - Artist

         

        Jennifer Hopgood - Family Nurse Practitioner & adjunct professor at Simmons University
        Jessica Brown - RI School of Design, Jessica Brown Designs
        Jessica Vega – City Counsel Ward 5, Central Falls
        Joseph Bruce – Artist
        Joshua Avila - City Staff
        Julius Kolawole - African Alliance
        Justin Russillo - Realtor at Phipps Realty, Community Advocate
        k. funmilayo aileru- studio artist and freelance designer
        Kathleen Egersheim – Awakening Church
        Keith Stokes – Rhode Island Black Heritage Society/1696 Heritage Group
        Kenya Fullen – Dept of human services
        Kendra Ault – College Unbound
        Kenia Richards – Clinical Therapist, Community member
        Kie Hamrick – Community member
        Latifat Odetunde - Youth Advocate
        Marchae Belcher – Community member
        Marco McWilliams -Founder PBSS, Center for Reconciliation, the Swearer Center Brown University, College Unbound
        Marijoan Bull

        Mary Beth Meehan - Photographer, Writer and Educator
        Meko Lincoln - Amos House

        Michael Shepherd – City of Providence Staff
        Nicole da Cruz - Rhode Island School of Design
        Pamela Hughes – Mount Hope Cowboys
        Regina Clement – Delta Sigma Theta-Prov Alum
        Rochanda Delves- Community member
        Sade Lee – Community membe
        Sharon Morris – Omni Development Corporation
        Shirley Hood- Destiny Productions
        Sonia Thomas – Dunamis Synergy, West Elmwood Housing Development Corp
        Taritha Hill-Cooper – Simply Mom, Inc
        Teresa Guaba Community member
        Terri Wright- DARE

        Theresa Guzmán Stokes – Rhode Island Black Heritage Society/1696 Heritage Group
        Tiarra Mack – RI State Senate District 6
        Wayne Montague – WINN Residential

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