To the Editor:
The safety and security of our students and community have been priorities for my administration since I was first elected Mayor. The City is now able to continuously reinvest in Public Safety. Additional resources for police officers including four canine officers, the Explorer Program for local youth along with investments in technology and tools are moving the Pawtucket Police Department forward.
The City has invested in modern technology with the traffic camera safety program focused around school zones. This is just another tool to assist the community in keeping our students, especially those that walk to school, safe and secure by reducing vehicular speeds within our school zones. The program will be a success when there are no violations issued and the city’s children are safe to walk to and from school. In our efforts to educate drivers, we have continued to explore new and innovative ways to get the message out.
I want to take the opportunity to thank the brave men and women of the Pawtucket Police Department for the risks they take on a daily basis to protect our residents. I also thank them for their collaboration and willingness to work together throughout the implementation process of the school zone safety program. Aside from risking their lives every single day to safeguard the city, these brave men and women are actively striving to become a part of the neighborhood and truly connect with our residents. Union President Jim Bano and the members of the Police Union have gone above and beyond in working with the City and, especially, the Pawtucket School Department in order to raise awareness of safe driving in the school zones. It is clear that they are a true community partner.
This past week, members of the Police Department coordinated with the Pawtucket School Department and both the Pawtucket School Committee and City Council members to focus in on ramping up efforts to inform drivers of the school zone speed limits as the warning period continues. The members of the Police Department even took the time to stand outside of Potter Burns, Goff Middle School, and Nathanael Greene dressed as the schools’ mascots holding signs to alert drivers of school zone speeds this past week. Their commitment to getting creative and hands on in the process truly depicts their care for the youth and the changing roles of our officers in a more community-oriented manner.
The City of Pawtucket and Pawtucket School Department have long recognized that speeding in our school areas is a problem. Addressing this problem has become possible through the cameras with the buy in of the Police Department and the Union. Small things like going out of their way to dress up truly make a difference and set a great example for the kids. I look forward to continuing our partnership as we continue addressing this concerns and working for the better of the great city of Pawtucket.
With great Gratitude,
Donald R. Grebien
- Mayor Donald R. Grebien