- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - With violent crime in Providence reportedly up 33 percent compared to last year, officials in Rhode Island’s capital city are expanding neighborhood crime watch programs.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1TV5nhh ) Mayor Jorge Elorza announced the expansion Thursday morning at the headquarters of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association.

City officials believe more neighborhood watch programs can help reduce crime in Providence.

Col. Hugh Clements says police wouldn’t know what specific issues certain neighborhoods are experiencing without communicating with residents.

In addition to providing more resources to the programs, the city also named longtime volunteer Ani Haroian as the new liaison for neighborhood groups.



Neighborhood crime watch organizations have doubled in Providence in the past three months from six to 12.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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