East Providence Police Chief Tavares denies requesting State Police intervention in city

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EAST PROVIDENCE — An audibly upset East Providence Police Chief Joseph Tavares during a phone interview Monday morning, Aug. 26, denied having requested Rhode Island State Police intervention into the city.

In response to the direct question did he ask for the State Police presence in East Providence, the Chief said, “No. I did not.”

The Chief was responding to a report over the weekend he had asked for State Troopers to take a regular shift in East Providence. Sources said he did so to “motivate” his EPPD officers. Sources also said the State Police were conducting some sort of investigation into a member or members of the EPPD for some sort of alleged misconduct.

The information was confirmed by multiple law enforcement officers, but not by the Chief, who added he was “disappointed” it made it into the public record and called the idea of him using the State Police to motivate his officers “outrageous.”

Chief Tavares, who said he did not want to get into any other specifics, did say Monday the EPPD has a “very good” working relationship with the State Police and that troopers often go into other communities on a regular basis.

On the possible reason why the State Police is currently making its presence known in the city, the Chief said, “I’m sure what the issue is here at this point.”

East Providence City Manager Peter Graczykowski said Sunday, Aug. 26, he had set up a meeting with the State Police to further discuss the situation.

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