Providence, RI – A city park and recreation worker with no prior law enforcement experience was appointed to a high-ranking Providence Police Department (PPD) position by the mayor last week.
Providence Park and Recreation Director Michael Stephens, a civilian who has never performed law enforcement duties, was named as PPD’s Community Relations and Diversion Services major by Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza on Sept. 3, WJAR reported.
Elorza released a statement the same day announcing Stephens’ appointment to the newly-minted position. “As the city’s first Community Relations and Diversion Services Major, Michael will continue to serve as a relationship-builder, strengthening and expanding […]
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