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U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha kicked off South Kingstown Prevention Coalition Task Force's "Count it, Lock it, Drop it" campaign urging seniors to safeguard their medicines during the upcoming holiday season. URI pharmacy students were on hand at the South Kingstown Senior Center to review seniors' prescriptions to ensure seniors are safely using, mixing and storing their prescription drugs.
Assistant United States Attorney Richard Rose spent time with the 8th grade glass at the Community Preparatory School in Providence talking about the importance of setting career goals and surrounding yourself with like-minded friends and associates.
Roger Williams University College of Arts and Sciences hosted a community forum on opioid and heroin addiction. The discussion, led by United States Attorney Peter Neronha, highlighted community-based services available for individuals battling addiction and their families. A statewide peer-to-peer program offering 24-hour assistance was among the programs highlighted.
Left to right, Pet Food Experts Director of Operations Jeff Lavalley; Pet Food Experts employee Dwayne Gibson, a former inmate; Alicia Samolis, a partner at Partridge, Snow & Hahn specializing in employment law; and John Marshall, Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer in Rhode Island discussing employment opportunities for ex-offenders in Rhode Island. The panel, led by United States Attorney Peter Neronha, was one of five panels addressing employment, housing and education opportunities, and community-based services for citizens returning to the community from prison.
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.
President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch designated the week of September 19-23, 2016, as National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week.
In recognition of National Heroin and Opioid Awareness week, United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha hosted a series of public discussions and town hall meetings to raise awareness about a public health crisis in Rhode Island of heroin and opioid addiction and overdoses. The discussions reinforced the Department of Justice’s three-fold approach to the opioid and heroin epidemic - prevention and awareness; enforcement; and treatment.
Regional town hall meetings and discussions organized in collaboration with Prevention Coalitions from across Rhode Island were held in Providence, South Kingstown, Woonsocket and Middletown. Each program included a screening of the powerful documentary Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opioid Addict; the personal stories of our neighbors touched by the epidemic of drug overdoses that is devastating families across Rhode Island; and panel discussions with members of the medical, treatment, education, community-outreach and law enforcement communities.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard B. Myrus, 2nd from the left, joined state and local law enforcement from across Rhode Island to deliver donated school supplies for students K-12 in the 8th annual Kids, Cops and Classroom collection. The Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association, and Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, in conjunction with federal, state and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout the state, and Rhode Island corporate sponsors, donate backpacks and school supplies to children as they prepare to return to school.
Kathrina Peterson, Acting Director/Attorney Advisor, US DOJ Office for Victims of Crime and Stephen G. Dambruch, First Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island welcome attendees from across New England to the OVC Human Trafficking Regional Training Forum in Providence, RI