49 recruits graduated from the 70th Providence Police Service Training Academy

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PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – The Providence Police Department welcomes 49 new members to its ranks.

On Saturday, the city celebrated the graduation of the 70th class of graduates from the Providence Police Academy.

Friends, family and local authorities were all present.

“As recruits, you have received the most rigorous training process possible,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza.

A class of decorated men and women are committed to protecting and serving the community.

“You, 49 recruits, represent the most diverse class to graduate from the Providence Police Training Academy in the department’s 157-year history.”

According to officials, 55% of recruits are minorities and 24 recruits are bilingual, speaking 7 different languages ​​from Spanish to Portuguese and even American Sign Language.

They covered a wide variety of training during their 24 weeks, including legal training, weapons, emergency vehicles, report writing and traffic law.

During those 812 hours, they also received extensive training on Crisis Response, Mental Health Recognition, Domestic Violence Issues, Extended Diversity, and LGBTQ Competence.

At the end of the ceremony, Commissioner Steven Pare left this message for the recruits. “I wish you happiness, safety and health during your career with the Providence Police Department. Good luck. “

The city has seen an increase in homicides this year, the highest in more than a decade. Pare said these additional officers would help increase patrolling on the streets.


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