Today I was proud to take part in graduation ceremonies for 53 new Providence Police Officers. The 67th graduating class of the Providence Police Training Academy is the largest and most diverse in the Department’s 150-year history. Together, its members speak 14 languages, and include 7 women and 22 minorities.
Planning for this training academy began in early 2013, and for the past six months, these officers have undergone rigorous training – in the classroom, on the range and in the field – testing their physical abilities and mental endurance. They are prepared to protect and serve the people of Providence, as members of one of the oldest and most respected police departments in our country.
The work of a city is never complete. This is embodied in "SEMPER VIGILANS," the motto of our department which in Latin means "Always Vigilant."
When these new officers step out on the street, they will continue the Department’s efforts to maintain the trust and mutual respect that has been built between our residents and the public safety professionals who serve them. It is this trust and respect that has earned them the New England Chiefs of Police prestigious Community Policing Department of the Year Award. It has been integral in making our streets safer and in bringing crime to its lowest rates in decades.
Thank you to these graduates and to all of our officers for choosing to become part of something larger than themselves and for their dedication to our community. It is the work that they do every day and their commitment to making a difference that has made Providence a safer city.