Commission discusses Providence Police Department diversity

Special Commission to Review Diversity and Equity in City Government.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A special city council commission was briefed on the current levels of diversity within the Providence Police Department.

Earlier in 2016, the council established the commission to review the demographic and gender composition of the city’s workforce, and make recommendations for further action.

At a meeting Monday night, Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare faced a series of questions, including how the department is working to bring more diversity to higher ranking positions.

Pare says, “Other states and other cities, not so much here at least Rhode Island, they do assessment centers. Assessment centers are a lot of work, but they work. I’ve sat on them. And it brings the cream of the crop and when you get that process in place, you select people that bring diversity into the workforce, and into the supervisory ranks. That’s where we need to go.”

The commissioner also says he doesn’t predict the current promotions system to produce that diversity, unless it’s changed.

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