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New Policing Pilot in Nightlife Districts: Providence, RI

Deployment Style Improves Public Safety at Bar Closing Time
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In Providence, R.I., a Roving Police Detail was designed and piloted in two entertainment districts to address safety concerns including, but not limited to, public drinking, underage drinking, loud music and disorderly conduct and to effectuate safe clearing of streets at bar closing time. Prior to the pilot, police were paid by licensees to create a safety presence; however their role was limited to monitoring the establishments’ doors. Expanding the security details’ reach led to measurable positive results.


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