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.