President Obama designated the week of Oct. 2-8, 2016, as National Community Policing Week, spotlighting the commitment to build stronger relationships between law enforcement and the community. Community policing is a public safety philosophy based on partnership and cooperation between law enforcement and the communities that they are sworn to protect. At the center of community policing is the idea that all members of the community, both officer and civilian, have a stake in the safety of their neighborhoods where they live and work.
In Providence, continuing to work to build respect and trust between the community and law enforcement, on October 4, 2016, United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, joined by members of the Providence Police Department, FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, Rhode Island State Police and attorneys from his office, met with residents of Wiggin Village Apartments in Providence for a conversation about community-police relations. Numerous meetings such as this one have taken over the past two years at several locations in Providence and around the state.