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United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, is joined by Westerly Police Chief Edward W. St. Clair, South Kingstown Police Chief Vincent Vespia, West Warwick Police Chief Colonel Richard G. Silva and DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson to discuss the significant public safety issues posed by Butane Hash Oil labs. U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha detailed the operation of four BHO labs in Rhode Island, three of which caused significant safety concerns when they exploded and caught fire.
United States Attorney Peter Neronha met with several dozen North Kingstown High School parents to discuss the widespread opioid/heroin epidemic. U.S. Attorney Neronha addressed how the abuse and dependency of opioid medications often lead to an abuse of heroin, which is available on the street for as little as $5 a bag. Street opioid range from $20 to $30 a pill.
United States Attorney Peter Neronha, speaking with middle and high school student counselors in Warwick, discussing the epidemic of opioid addiction across Rhode Island and the impact it is having in nearly every age bracket in every city and town. U.S. Attorney Neronha urged the counselors to keep the lines of communication open with their students about the risk of opioid addiction and how they can rid their homes of unwanted or unused opioids.
United States Attorney Peter Neronha provides a lesson on the history and the role of the United States Attorney in Rhode Island to students from the William E. Tolman High School in Pawtucket. Following the U.S. Attorney's presentation, students witnessed a civil court proceeding and the sentencing of a defendant in a criminal case. Following the court hearings, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. met with the students to answer their questions.
AUSA Richard Rose joined other professionals to meet with students at the Paul Cuffee Upper School in Providence to discuss career paths
First Asst. U.S. Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch (3rd from left) joined Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., RI State Police Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell and RI Public Defenders Office community outreach liaison Emmitt Hardiman to discuss community/police relations with more than 30 faith-based and community leaders in Providence. The program, Clergy Ambassador’s Training: Encounters with Police, was held at the Westside Tabernacle Baptist Church in Providence.
A series of programs have been held over the past year to encourage open and honest dialogue between the community and law enforcement. The Ambassador’s training is geared towards equipping faith and community leaders with the tools to help families in their community or congregation to have a healthy relationship with law enforcement and be an informed liaison with police.
United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha joined West Warwick Police Chief Colonel Richard G. Silvia and Rhode Island State Police Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, seated to his left, and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, in a public dialogue with leaders and members of Rhode Island's Muslim-American community. The community and law enforcement are committed to keeping the lines of communication open, and to work together to protect the civil rights of every citizen and help ensure a safe community.
Dr. Nassar Zawia, along with several Imams and community leaders above, urged law enforcement and the community to continue open and honest dialogue as a means of educating the public and helping to diminish fear in the community.
United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha returned to the Islamic School of Rhode Island in West Warwick. Middle school students listened intently as U.S Attorney Neronha described the historic roles the U.S Attorney has played in Rhode Island and across the country. Mr. Neronha also discussed his role as the top federal law officer in Rhode Island.
First Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Dambruch (above) and U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha (not pictured) lent helping hands to provide free warm holiday meals, warm jackets, hats, gloves, health screening and toiletries to nearly 2,000 Rhode Islanders in need. Dozens of volunteers from the public and private sectors staffed the annual event, Feed 1,000, which brings Rhode Islanders from across the state to the Rhode Island Convention Center (pictured below) by bus in hopes of making their holiday season a little brighter and a little warmer.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Kids, Cops and Christmas toy collection program, organized by the Rhode Island State Police, the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association, the United States Attorney's Office and the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, collected more than one thousand toys to be distributed to families in need for Christmas. U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha, above, representing all of federal law enforcement in Rhode Island, delivered toys donated by the staff of the U.S. Attorney's Office.