NP Police Department’s ‘Community Roll Call’ public forum set for March 29

NP Police Department’s ‘Community Roll Call’ public forum set for March 29

NORTH PROVIDENCE – In response to new Chief of Police David Tikoian’s call for a police department that actively engages with the community it serves, local officers will hold a “Community Roll Call” forum on March 29.

The forum, a play on the idea of officers taking part in a department roll call every day, will allow residents to voice their concerns directly to police in an open and honest way. It is meant to cultivate relationships with members of the community.

According to Tikoian, residents too often interact with officers only during times of trouble. This forum allows police to “bring them into our house” and hear right from them, he says, building trust and confidence between all parties.

Mayor Charles Lombardi, the town’s public safety director, said he advocated for the forum because he believes residents should have every opportunity to interact with the officers who serve them.

“Residents need to interact with police, and police need to hear from them,” he said.

Lombardi has long advocated for town police officers to do less sitting in one spot on Mineral Spring Avenue and more driving through neighborhoods to meet with residents.

The forum was developed with the goal to create positive dialogue between officers, residents, business owners and faith-based organizations, among others.

“The forum will provide the community a briefing on department operations and services as well as facilitate discussions with participants to help us better serve the community,” states a release. “It is our belief this type of community engagement addresses concerns before they become problems, thereby fostering trust, confidence and mutual respect between the community and its police department.”

If the initiative is successful, police plan to host quarterly Community Roll Calls to keep the public informed and engaged with police.

Anyone interested in attending the forum is asked to confirm their attendance with Lt. Michel Scaramuzzo either by email at or phone at 401-231-4533, ext. 114.

The inaugural event, to be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the North Providence High School cafeteria, 1828 Mineral Spring Ave., will feature Lombardi, Tikoian, Capt. Donald Trainor, of the Patrol Division, Lt. Diana Perez, of the Professional Standards/Accreditation Unit, and Scaramuzzo, of the Community Policing Unit.