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NEW: Mayoral Candidate Smiley Unveils Plan to Make City Safer

Thursday, December 19, 2013

 

Providence Mayoral candidate Brett Smiley has unveiled his new plan to fight crime and violence in the Capital City. Smiley showcased his 8-page proposal, entitled the “Safest City Plan,” at the Silver Lake Community Center this morning.

Making Providence Safer

According to Smiley, the only way to make the streets of Providence safer is to implement a more aggressive and proactive approach toward improving the city.

“Of all cities in the United States with more than 100,000 people, Providence is the 183rd safest," said Smiley. "Last year, major cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Dallas all had lower crime rates than Providence. This is unacceptable, and it has to change. With the policies outlined in this comprehensive plan, I challenge Providence to become the safest city of its size in America.”

The Plan's Focus

Smiley’s “Safest City Plan” includes a number of different policy proposals focusing on three areas:

  • A smarter, stronger policing model
  • Ending the cycle of violence and disorder
  • Creating a public safety system that works for both residents and businesses

 

“We need more cops on the streets, a stronger commitment to community policing, smarter technology, targeted strategies for fighting gang violence and domestic violence, civilian oversight in the process and more. There is no one solution to the problems that face our city,” added Smiley.

Click here to read Smiley's plan in its entirety.

Providence Mayoral Race

In addition to Smiley, the current field of official Democratic mayoral candidates includes former Housing Court Judge Jorge Elorza and Lorne Adrain, managing director at Ballentine Partners. City Council President Michael Solomon is also expected to enter the race.

The winner of the Democratic Primary will face Republican Dr. Daniel Harrop, who is running for mayor for the third time.
 


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Providence’s Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

Each week, the Providence Police Department releases its "Weekly Crime Comparison Report" on its website. The breakdown covers how many crimes have occured in the past week, past month, and year to date in each Police District and comparing them with the same time interval from the year prior, reflecting changes in crime rates. GoLocal has distilled the key data points from this weeks report to reflect YTD crime data grouped by general category- violent, property, other, and total. We ranked the districts by 2013 violent crimes to date. For the full report as filed by the PPD, click here

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#9: District 9

College Hill, Wayland Square, Fox Point

Violent Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 35

2012: 53

Property Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 597

2012: 630

Other Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 183

2012: 218

Total Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 815

2012: 901

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#8: District 8

Mount Hope, Hope, Blackstone

Violent Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 36

2012: 40

Property Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 596

2012: 531

Other Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 226

2012: 212

Total Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 858

2012: 783

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#7: District 3

Reservoir, South Elmwood, Washington Park

Violent Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 63

2012: 67

Property Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 443

2012: 452

Other Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 311

2012: 305

Total Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 817

2012: 824

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#6: District 1

Downtown

Violent Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 79

2012: 94

Property Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 1116

2012: 1118

Other Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 563

2012: 580

Total Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 1758

2012: 1792

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#5: District 6

Mount Pleasant, Manton, Elmhurst

Violent Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 128

2012: 116

Property Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 829

2012: 885

Other Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 531

2012: 559

Total Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 1488

2012: 1560

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#4: District 7

Charles, Wanskuck, Smith Hill

Violent Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 172

2012: 183

Property Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 1143

2012: 1092

Other Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 784

2012: 813

Total Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 2099

2012: 2088

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#3: District 4

Federal Hill, West End

Violent Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 173

2012: 188

Property Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 1082

2012: 1085

Other Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 755

2012: 919

Total Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 2010

2012: 2192

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#2: District 5

Olneyville, Silver Lake, Hartford

Violent Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 206

2012: 189

Property Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 911

2012: 865

Other Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 758

2012: 724

Total Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 1875

2012: 1778

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#1: District 2

Upper South Providence, Lower South Providence, Elmwood

Violent Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 213

2012: 188

Property Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 966

2012: 964

Other Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 841

2012: 910

Total Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 2020

2012: 2062

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Citywide

Violent Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 1121

2012: 1135

Property Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 7738

2012: 7714

Other Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 5017

2012: 5296

Total Crimes Reported (YTD)

2013: 13876

2012: 14145

 
 

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Comments:

Jack Gibson

Providence and Rhode Island needs to improve the economy. If you improve the economy you will see a drop in crime. We need to cut into our un-employment and under-employed numbers.

john paycheck

Gibson is 100% correct.

when people have jobs---- they also get self esteem, less free time, they lead productive lives, understand responsibility, etc....

with no jobs comes stagnant , unproductive minds....Detroit....

you need a culture change in providence. people need to have self worth. they need to feel there is a value to their own lives and others. when this happens, you probably need less police.

Odd Job

How precious, Brett

Thomas Ryan

Coming from a guy who knows nothing about the subject--this is about what you'd expect. Simplistic talking points with no substance and no understanding. No explanation of how the policing model should change, what isn't working currently or how he plans to pay for any of it.




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