RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced the release of the Advisory Council to Reduce Gun Violence’s inaugural report.
The executive report outlines gun violence trends and presents recommendations
to further reduce violence within the City of Providence.
to the work of our police department, the work of all of our community
partners, the expanded recreational opportunities, and recommendations from the
Advisory Council, we are seeing dramatic decreases in shootings and gun
violence throughout the city,” said Mayor Elorza. “It takes an entire village
to keep our streets safe and Providence is standing together to stop gun
November 2015, Mayor Elorza issued an executive order commissioning the
Advisory Council to Reduce Gun Violence. The council, composed of criminal
justice, conflict resolution and social justice experts, worked closely with
one another over the past year to develop a collaborative strategy for gun
violence reduction that is based on best practices.
Mayor’s Advisory Council to Reduce Gun Violence is eager to release its first
annual report and to begin the implementation of the recommendations,” said Sol
Rodriguez, Executive Director of Open Doors and member of the Advisory Council.
“The report lays out specific strategies that have shown promise in other
jurisdictions. Gun violence is a complicated problem that demands
multiple approaches and Mayor Elorza and members of the council are committed
to continuing this important work.”
Elorza’s Advisory Council to Reduce Gun Violence examined gun violence data
within the city and outlined promising trends from recent years. In 2016,
Providence had the fewest homicides in 30 years and the city saw a 37 percent
decline in shootings as compared to 2015. Additionally, in 2016 no gang-related
homicides were reported in the capital city.
council has also submitted recommendations to continue building upon this
positive trend that aim to create even stronger partnerships between the
Providence Police Department and community-based organizations, promote
positive opportunities for youth, and reduce the number illegal guns in the
city. Moving forward, this report will serve as the roadmap for the police
department and Mayor’s Office for further reducing gun violence within the
Police took recommendations and ideas from the Advisory Council to further
understand the travel of guns, the demographics of victims and suspects, and
programs to educate and inform the scope of the gun violence in the city,” said
Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré. “We are grateful for their time and
interest in creating different ways to positively impact gun violence. Without
a doubt, the role of the council has had an impact on the reduction of gun
violence and the success of better understanding the scope and causes of
the past year, the council has helped institute a number of policies and
programs that have aided the administration’s effort to reduce gun
violence. A gun amnesty program allowing individuals to turn in unwanted
firearms has been created within the Providence Police Department. The program,
coupled with the department’s anonymous gun tip line (1-844-NO2GUNS), has
helped get illegal guns off of our streets.
police department has also offered free gun locks for residents to promote
responsible gun ownership, and will continue to do so while supplies last.
a youth convening was organized to uplift youth perspectives on gun violence
and engage youth in the policy process. The council will continue to engage
young adults in these conversations moving forward so that gun violence
reduction strategies are informed by the experiences of youth most impacted.
advisory council will continue into the next year with the following
appointments, which include community stakeholders, policy professionals and
public safety officials:
• PJ Fox, Executive Director of the
Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence
• Sol Rodriguez, Executive Director of
• Pilar McCloud, Chairwoman of the NAACP
• Dr. Toby Ayers, Executive Director of
Rhode Island for Community and Justice
• Jordan Seaberry, Chairman of the
Univocal Legislative Minority Advisory Commission
• Steven Paré, Commissioner of Public
• Hugh Clements, Colonel, Chief of
Providence Police Department
• Anthony Roberson, Detective, Providence
• Oscar Perez, Major, Providence Police