Providence Police Join Several Community Partners in «Operation Navidad» Holiday Event

Providence, RI – On Monday, December 21, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,
Providence Police in partnership with One Neighborhood Builders (formerly Olneyville
Housing Corporation), Project Renew at Amos House, the Institute for the Study and
Practice of Nonviolence, and Toys for Tots will be delivering over 200 toys to
Olneyville families as part of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI)
funded through the U.S. Department of Justice.

In September, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Providence
Police Department and its community partners were one of only 14 recipients of the
highly competitive Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. The three-year
$599,868 grant has been used to support an anti-crime «hotspot» and blighted
property redevelopment strategy in the northwest section of the Olneyville
neighborhood.

Providence Police and its community partners have been working together on this
initiative with the goal of implementing community-oriented strategies to help
reduce crime in the neighborhood as well as an effort to build stronger
relationships between the residents and the Providence Police Department.

«This is just one example of the many community events that Providence Police
participate in throughout the year,» said Colonel Clements. «This event is a great
opportunity for our officers to interact with families and spread some joy this
holiday season.» «It is very rewarding, especially this time of year.»