Elorza Tackles Crime, Protestors at East Side Community Forum

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

 

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza addressed a nearly packed house of close to 200 at Nathan Bishop Middle School to address crime and public safety issues on Monday night — and had to contend with a vocal crowd of “Step Up Providence” supporters who shouted out at the Mayor throughout the meeting over what they are say are unaddressed community issues including discriminatory policing. 

“Our mission is supporting passage of the Providence Community Safety Act,” said Will Lambek with Step Up Providence. “We had one meeting with the Mayor, but for the last 11 months he has refused to meet with anyone from the Step Up network  He promised to support 10 of the 12 provisions in the Act during the campaign, now he’s opposed.  He’s here to talk about home break-ins, when statistics show crime on the East Side is down. He’s here to talk about phony crime rates, when he ignoring groups who are affected but the real crimes rates of police violence, discriminantory policing and economic devastation."

Elorza spokesperson Evan England said that the Mayor has met with members of the group, and plans to continued to do so.  

“The Mayor plans to meet with members of their housing organization on Monday, I know they met at least 3 times this year,” said England. “He looks forward to hearing and addressing their concerns. They care greatly about the city, and all neighborhoods in the city."

Abbreviated Agenda

The event was organized as a neighborhood forum by Cheryl Simmons, who runs a listserve to provide residents on the East Side with crime updates and community information. 

“I feel the Admininstration was able to pretty much give us new information about reporting and protocol -- there were certain issues I might have wanted to go deeper on, but I wanted to just keep things on track,” said Simmons of moderating the meeting, in light of the protestors.

Chief Hugh Clements noted during the forum that the city would be replacing Crime Reports with Open Data Portal for its crime tracking in next 45-60 days. 

“I haven't seen the open data portal -- I'd heard it was going to happen before, and it sounds like they’re moving forward with it now,” said Simmons. “It sounds like it will have quite a bit of detail, I think it will better."

Elorza repeatedly noted during the meeting the higher amount of firefighter staffing — and spending — as compared to policing, as the city continues to fight a protracted legal battle with the firefighters over his platoon shift changes. 

“I think he was probably trying to convey there's a limited budget and there's only so many ways to push the money around,” said Simmons.  “in phrasing it the way he did, he made it pretty clear.”

Elorza noted that he was working with Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to keep offenders — and repeat offenders — from ending up back on the street after crimes are committed.  In October, GoLocal was first to report that a suspect the city had praised itself in catching for breaking and entering was arrested on subsequent charges just weeks later. 

 

Related Slideshow: Most Violent Cities and Towns in RI According to the FBI

Below are 38 cities and towns of Rhode Island ranked by violent crime, according to data by the FBI.  Exeter is not included in the list because it is part of the RI State Police jurisdiction.

 


 

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#38 Little Compton

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0

2013 Violent Crimes: 0

2013 Population: 3,474

Murder:  0

Forcible Rape0

Robbery0

Aggravated Assaults0

Interesting fact from the data: Little Compton only recorded 26 property crimes in the entire year.

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#37 Jamestown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents0.184

2013 Violent Crimes: 1

2013 Population: 5,442

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 0

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, Jamestown had 5 recorded burglaries.

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#36 Barrington

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.184

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 16,286

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 1

Interesting fact from the data: Barrington had 1 recorded arson in the entire year.

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#35 Scituate

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.287

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 10,443

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, Scituate had 37 recorded cases of larceny-theft.

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#34 Glocester

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.304

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 9,858

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Interesting fact from the data: Glocester only recorded 49 property crimes in the entire year. 

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#33 East Greenwich

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.458

2013 Violent Crimes: 6

2013 Population: 13,104

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 2

Interesting fact from the data: East Greenwich had 2 recorded motor vehicle thefts.

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#32 Bristol

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.496

2013 Violent Crimes: 11

2013 Population: 22,160

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 6

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, Bristol had 34 recorded burglaries.

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#31 Portsmouth

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.520

2013 Violent Crimes: 9

2013 Population: 17,300

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 7

Interesting fact from the data: Portsmouth had 210 recorded property crimes in 2013.

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#30 Hopkinton

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.616

2013 Violent Crimes: 5

2013 Population: 8,112

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: 84 cases larceny-theft were recorded for the entire year.

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#29 Foster

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.644

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 4,660

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 0

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, Foster had 0 cases of arson.

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#28 Richmond

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.658

2013 Violent Crimes: 5

2013 Population: 7,598

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 1

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: Richmond had 4 recorded motor vehicle thefts.

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#27 South Kingstown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.693

2013 Violent Crimes: 21

2013 Population: 30,309

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 7

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 12

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, South Kingstown had 297 recorded property crimes.

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#26 Narragansett

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.702

2013 Violent Crimes: 11

2013 Population: 15,668

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 6

Interesting fact from the data: 164 larceny-thefts were recorded in Narragansett  in 2013.

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#25 Smithfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.745

2013 Violent Crimes: 16

2013 Population: 21,490

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 0

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 14

Interesting fact from the data: Only 3 arsons were recorded in Smithfield for the entire year.

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#24 Middletown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.873

2013 Violent Crimes: 14

2013 Population: 16,037

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 6

Interesting fact from the data: In Middletwon, 11 motor vehicle thefts were recorded.

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#23 Coventry

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.886

2013 Violent Crimes: 31

2013 Population: 34,971

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 21

Interesting fact from the data: 99 burglaries were recorded in Coventry.

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#22 Johnston

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.894

2013 Violent Crimes: 26

2013 Population: 29,068

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 4

Aggravated Assaults: 12

Interesting fact from the data: 564 property crimes were recorded in Johnston in 2013.

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#21 North Kingstown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 0.956

2013 Violent Crimes: 25

2013 Population: 26,156

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 4

Aggravated Assaults: 18

Interesting fact from the data: In North Kingstown, only 5 arsons were recorded.

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#20 Charlestown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.03

2013 Violent Crimes: 8

2013 Population: 7,770

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 4

Interesting fact from the data: 1 motor vehicle theft was recorded in Charlestown .

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#19 Lincoln

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.031

2013 Violent Crimes: 22

2013 Population: 21,334

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 7

Aggravated Assaults: 13

Interesting fact from the data: 461 property crimes were recorded in Lincoln.

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#18 Cumberland

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.058

2013 Violent Crimes: 36

2013 Population: 34,028

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 10

Aggravated Assaults: 22

Interesting fact from the data: In Cumberland, 322 larceny-thefts were recorded for 2013.

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#17 Westerly

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.061

2013 Violent Crimes: 24

2013 Population: 22,629

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 9

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 13

Interesting fact from the data: A total of 74 recorded burglaries were recorded in Westerly .

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#16 Warren

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.137

2013 Violent Crimes: 12

2013 Population: 10,557

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 4

Aggravated Assaults: 5

Interesting fact from the data: 14 motor vehicle thefts were recorded in Warren.

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#15 Warwick

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.137

2013 Violent Crimes: 93

2013 Population: 81,789 

Murder: 4

Forcible Rape: 35

Robbery: 15

Aggravated Assaults: 39

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, 2,015 property crimes were recorded in Warwick.

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#14 West Greenwich

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.150

2013 Violent Crimes: 7

2013 Population: 6,085 

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: In West Greenwich, recorded motor vehicle thefts were double the number of arsons recorded in 2013.

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#13 North Smithfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.153

2013 Violent Crimes: 14

2013 Population: 12,138

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 8

Interesting fact from the data: There were 0 recorded arsons in North Smithfield  in 2013.

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#12 Burrillville

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.239

2013 Violent Crimes: 20

2013 Population: 16,141

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 7

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 13

Interesting fact from the data: Only 7 motor vehicle thefts were recorded in Burriville in 2013.

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#11 East Providence

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.271

2013 Violent Crimes: 60

2013 Population: 47,200

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 12

Robbery: 16

Aggravated Assaults: 32

Interesting fact from the data: 531 larceny-thefts were recorded in East Providence.

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#10 Tiverton

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.330

2013 Violent Crimes: 21

2013 Population: 15,792

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 5

Robbery: 5

Aggravated Assaults: 11

Interesting fact from the data: Tiverton had 0 arsons recorded.

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#9 North Providence

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.458

2013 Violent Crimes: 47

2013 Population: 32,234

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 10

Robbery: 7

Aggravated Assaults: 28

Interesting fact from the data: 338 larceny-thefts were recorded in North Providence in 2013.

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#8 Cranston

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.871

2013 Violent Crimes: 151

2013 Population: 80,718

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 29

Robbery: 42

Aggravated Assaultss: 80

Interesting fact from the data: In 2013, 1,755 property crimes were recorded in Cranston.

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#7 West Warwick

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 1.874

2013 Violent Crimes: 54

2013 Population: 28,817

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 23

Robbery: 12

Aggravated Assaults: 19

Interesting fact from the data: In West Warwick, 24 motor vehicle thefts were recorded.

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#6 New Shoreham

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 2.885

2013 Violent Crimes: 3

2013 Population: 1,040

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 0

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 3

Interesting fact from the data: Only 14 larceny-thefts were recorded in New Shoreham in 2013.

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#5 Pawtucket

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.913

2013 Violent Crimes: 279

2013 Population: 71,305

Murder: 5

Forcible Rape: 44

Robbery: 71

Aggravated Assaults: 159

Interesting fact from the data: 2,322 property crimes were recorded in Pawtucket.

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#4 Newport

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.649

2013 Violent Crimes: 111

2013 Population: 23,874

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 19

Robbery: 12

Aggravated Assaults: 80

Interesting fact from the data: Newport had 17 arsons in 2013 recorded.

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#3 Woonsocket

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 5.870

2013 Violent Crimes: 241

2013 Population: 41,057

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 41

Robbery: 48

Aggravated Assaults: 151

Interesting fact from the data: 87 motor vehicle thefts were recorded in Woonsocket  in 2013.

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#2 Providence

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 6.233

2013 Violent Crimes: 1,115

2013 Population: 178,887

Murder: 12

Forcible Rape: 97

Robbery: 365

Aggravated Assaults: 641

Interesting fact from the data: Providence had more property crimes than any other city and town in RI in 2013.

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#1 Central Falls

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 6.751

2013 Violent Crimes: 131

2013 Population: 19,404

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 9

Robbery: 34

Aggravated Assaults: 86

Interesting fact from the data: 12 arsons were recorded in Central Falls in 2013.

 
 

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