RI (October 18, 2019)…On Friday, October 18,2019 City Council
President Sabina Matos (Ward 15) and Council President Pro Tempore Michael
Correia (Ward 6) joined Mayor Jorge Elorza, Commissioner of Public Safety
Steven Paré, Chief of Police Hugh Clements Jr., and several community leaders
to announce the recruitment phase for the 70th Providence Police Department Training Academy.
safety is one of the top concerns for the City Council,” stated City Council
President Sabina Matos. “Our police department is understaffed, overworked, and
we have more than 100 officers eligible for retirement in the coming year.
While it is true that violet crimes are going down, the crimes of opportunity
that affect quality of life in our city seem to be on the rise and the
perception is that crimes are up. My office is looking into the feasibility of
rolling academies, or allocating more funds for overtime from the City’s
Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia stated, “I have always been a big
supporter of our public safety officers. As an elected official I believe that
public safety is paramount, and I am in full support of expanding our Training
Academy schedule to accommodate more cadets. Having more boots on the ground
will help curb the uptick we have seen in crimes around our nightlife
open through December 31, 2019. The extensive selection process includes seven
phases: Physical Fitness Assessment, Written Examination, Oral Interview, Background
Investigation, Psychological Evaluation and a Physical Fitness pre-test prior
to entering into the police academy. The academy is approximately 24-weeks long
and includes over 812 hours of training including daily physical fitness
training, defense tactics, firearms training, criminal law procedures,
community policing, investigation, emergency vehicle operation and much more.
the time of submission to ensure the applicant will be notified of the next
steps related to the recruitment process. For more information please visit: 70th Training Academy
information, visit the City Council on the web at council.providenceri.gov.