Rhode Island State Police and a number of organizations are holding a public forum Monday to discuss the gap between law enforcement and minority communities.
Col. Steven O’Donnell said it’s a chance for law enforcement to explain how they do their job and in return residents can reflect on how police are perceived. “There’s so much that we do that people really don’t know, and I think it’s important that they know what we’re doing. We’re not always going to be perfect, but if we engage that community there’s a better understanding of how we do business,” said O’Donnell.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the city’s police chief did not enhance his retirement benefits by briefly being reinstated before retiring earlier this week. Former chief Marco Palombo will get an annual pension of just under $80,000.
State police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who called the Warren Police Department two months ago threatening to kill a state trooper.
It happened on February 8th. A man called Warren police saying that a Rhode Island trooper would be assassinated within the next 72 hours. The caller was upset that police did not lodge criminal charges against the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident that claimed the life of a woman and her unborn child.
The call originated from a pay phone in Central Falls.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has severed ties with its CEO. Charles Odimgbe has agreed to leave the transit agency after months of being on paid administrative leave.
According to a separation agreement between Charles Odimgbe and RIPTA, Odimgbe’s last day with the agency was December 27th. He will receive a severance payment of $130,000 plus compensation for any unused sick or vacation time.
Odimgbe was placed on paid administrative leave in August after a video camera was found covered up in a room where cash is handled.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Rhode Island State Senate is holding a hearing Tuesday afternoon on School Safety in the state. In attendance will be state public safety and emergency preparedness officials along with Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.
This hearing follows the fatal shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown Connecticut last month. 26 students and staff were killed at the school. In addition the gunman killed his mother and himself.