PAWTUCKET – City officials and the Pawtucket Police Department, in collaboration with the City Council, will be adding additional resources into the community, including patrols and victim services, and will have an increased presence throughout Pawtucket, states a release.

This follows the recent uptick of violent crime in the surrounding communities and in the region and community calls to intervene.

“We are responding to the needs of the community and are working to ensure the safety of Pawtucket residents,” said Mayor Donald Grebien in a statement. “We thank residents and visitors to Pawtucket for helping us to keep our community safe.”

“The safety and well-being of the residents of Pawtucket is the primary concern of our Public Safety team,” said Chief Tina Goncalves, acting safety director. “The Police Department will dedicate any resources necessary to keep our residents safe, and I would like to thank Mayor Grebien and the council for their leadership.”

The Family Services of Rhode Island Go Team will continue to be present in the community as a response to the social, emotional, and mental health matters that have been present across the country during the past year.

Additionally, the Pawtucket Police Department bicycle patrol will also continue to be out in the community, and officials encourage those who may see anything worthy of concern to report it to the Pawtucket Police Department Community Policing Unit at 401-729-5847, or 911 in case of an immediate emergency.

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