Progress made: Zero gang homicides in 2016!

Providence shootings, homicides continue to decline. Both categories continued to drop in 2016, and the city did not see a single gang-related homicide, a trend attributed to improved community policing. By *protected email* Journal Staff Writer Posted Jan 31, 2017 at 8:40 PM PROVIDENCE, R.I. — There were fewer shootings and fewer homicides in Providence last year, continuing years of a steady decline in violent crime in the city. The Providence police chief and executive director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence say the reduction of violence in 2016 actually reflects years of work between the police and the community they serve. […]

PJ Fox Tapped for Pawtucket Public Safety Search Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       Contact: Lauren Greene Tuesday, January 10, 2017                                                                             401-728-0500 ext. 358 Mayor Grebien Brings Together Public Safety and Community Leaders to Launch Search for a Public Safety Director Pawtucket – Mayor Donald R. Grebien announced today the formation of a search committee to assist the City in identifying a Public Safety Director. The Public Safety Director will oversee […]

Meet Riccardo

Meet Riccardo Riccardo is a “Let’s Make This Work” intern. We sat down and asked him a few questions. Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey that led you to ISPN. A: I’m 23, born and raised on the South side of Providence. Growing up, I always wanted to move beyond my surroundings, but never had the courage. I thought if I did what I wanted to do, people would look at me funny. I guess you could say I was a follower. Q: What changed that mindset? A: I was shot in the leg in […]

2016: A Year in Review

Dear Peacemakers, As we move into a new year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what happened in 2016 for ISPN. First and foremost, we need to remember that nationwide 30,000 people were victims of gun violence in 2016. Although we experienced fewer homicides this year locally, we still lost lives. ISPN can say very loudly and proudly that in 2016, we didn’t take our foot off the gas pedal. In 2016 we: – Added 6 new Board Members. – Added 8 new employees. – Added 2 new AmeriCorps VISTAs. – Added 4 new daily support individuals […]