State Police are in fact taking a regular tour of duty in East Providence

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Some of you aren’t seeing things. There is a Rhode Island State Police presence in the city, taking a regular patrol and conducting normal law enforcement activities including traffic stops.

The East Providence Post and eastbayri.com confirmed information gleaned earlier in the day Saturday, Aug. 24, from a number of different sources. The news, in part, initially hit the internet via a Facebook social networking site entitled “The Point,” which makes regular posts about the Riverside section of the city and aggregates news stories from other spots on the web, including eastbayri.com.

According to law enforcement sources, the State Police were brought into the city some time this past week at EPPD Chief Joseph Tavares’ request to “motivate” his officers and also investigate one or more police department employees for possible legal and/or ethical violations. It is still as of yet unknown for how long the State Police will maintain a presence in the city. City Manager Peter Graczykowski is said to have contacted State Police Superintendent Colonel Steven O’Donnell requesting more information on the matter.

The case is separate from the one the State Police, at the behest of the state-appointed Budget Commission, investigated earlier this year when Chief Tavares was put on administrative leave by Mr. Graczykowski.

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  1. Steven Kennedy said:

    So Joey L gets this guy a job, via The gov, he blows it because he is not a leader or competent and declares war on the good hardworking cops of the finest police dept ever, That being EPPD, and The Col. of the state police goes along…? Ask why OD’s(state supt) upper staff all resigned…ask why nobody..NOBODY voted confidence in him, I worked there 25 years and I am embarrassed by him. The men and women of this dept should be commended that they still protect and serve while being harassed by an Egomaniac that refuses to admit”I’m over my head” Chief I respectfully ask,Please Step Down.

  2. Karissa Sullivan said:

    Is this really a good use of the Rhode Island State Police? Why are Colonel O’Donnell and Governor Chaffee allowing this misuse of state resources? Using the RISP to “motivate” the East Providence Police???

  3. MaryJess said:

    I’ve kept my thoughts and opinions on this subject to myself, however after reading this I cannot contain them any longer!!!!!!!! I’ve have never heard of anything so sickening and ludicrous in all my life! Not even being a member of the EPPD, I am highly insulted as a law enforcement officer. I don’t know who is more to blame, the coward that is dragging and demeaning each and every police officer in this state that dons their uniform with pride and integrity, or the State Police for entertaining such a request. I am so insulted and shocked over this that I’m beyond words. Chief ( I use that term loosely) Joe Tavares, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!!! The respect and dignity that you left behind in Warwick has been dwindling slowly, however this latest maneuver is an INSULT to officers everywhere! Apparently leading your troops is not your strong point. FOR SHAME!!!!! What happened to you? To my brothers and sisters that protect and serve my city, keep up the amazing work you do each and every day. It is so unfair to all of you that risk your lives each day to serve the city of East Prividence under what appears to be the poorest leadership in the history of your department. God Bless and stay safe.

  4. MaryJess said:

    Karissa brings to light another aspect of this situation. As a Police Officer in a busy city, we receive numerous calls to service on the highway for calls in which the State Police are unable to respond, or are coming from a distance. Is it right that when they are called upon to respond to calls on highways in which they are highly trained and needed, that they are responding from a city that is WELL COVERED by its own competent Police force? When a tax paying citizen is involved in a serious situation on the highways of this state, is it right that you must have a longer wait because the city of East Providence is in a juvenile pathetic ego war? Once again, FOR SHAME!

  5. Callie Medeiros said:

    Something about this story seems very fishy. The Post talks about a “law enforcement source” that explains that the Chief made this move and why. Is this source Chief Tavares himself? If so, why does the Post not indicate this? If not, who is the source and how does this person know what the Chief did and why? Presumedly, this is the same source that knows what the City Manager is doing about it. Was either the Chief or the City Manager interviewed by the Post? Or are we relying on an unamed person’s assumptions and an anonymous posting on an anonymous facebook account. It sounds to me like there needs to be a whole lot more journalism done on this before we know the truth.

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