Councilors ask for heightened police patrols

Councilors ask for heightened police patrols

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Police Department’s bike patrols are in high demand, with several City Council members asking last week for specific targeted enforcement efforts.

Councilor Mark Wildenhain requested more patrols at the bike path in Slater Park, saying people are camping along the path in violation of city ordinances. He’s asking police to move people along, saying in the case of state land in the area, State Police should be contacted.

Users of the path want to feel secure, said Wildenhain, referencing a sexual assault that occurred in the area in June.

Councilor John Barry III said he wants to be careful to not imply that any of the “poor souls” camping along the bike path might have caused any of the issues there. This is just a point about enforcing the law, he said, and Wildenhain agreed.

Councilor Meghan Kallman said she’s received some disturbing calls about crews of young boys harassing young girls in the area of Payne Park. She asked for a stronger presence, particularly until school starts.

Separately, Kallman is also asking police to check into apparent drag racing on West Avenue.

“It comes and goes, and it seems to be coming again,” she said.

Councilor Tim Rudd, who also made a request for more patrols, citing calls about loud music at Punto Final on North Union Street, made a motion to ask the Police Department to start informing the council where patrols are going to be and when. The council sent a letter asking Chief Tina Goncalves to send the council confidential updates on bike patrols through the end of the summer.