Mayor's Community Night Date Changes - See Here

Home > News > Pawtucket Police Department Begin Implementing Body-Worn Cameras

Pawtucket Police Department Begin Implementing Body-Worn Cameras

May 8, 2023                                     

PAWTUCKET – On Monday, May 8th, 2023, an estimated thirty-five Pawtucket Police Officers, from all three shifts and the community policing unit, began wearing and operating body-worn cameras.

“I am extremely proud that our department is taking the next step in advancing our public safety department by beginning to implement these cameras,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “Body-worn cameras will not only allow for more transparency and accountability, but it will also protect our officers.”

In October of 2022, the Pawtucket Police Department was awarded a $875,000, five-year grant for the program from The Office of the Attorney General, the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety (RIDPS), the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association (RIPCA).

“In June of 2021, our department participated in a trial period for the cameras. While the trial was successful, purchasing and maintaining the cameras was too expensive for the city to fund alone” said Pawtucket Police Chief and Acting Public Safety Director, Tina Goncalves. “We are grateful to the Attorney General, RIDPS, and RIPCA for awarding us this grant and removing the monetary barrier towards creating a safer city for our community and officers.”

The program is anticipated to be fully implemented by the end of the summer. The department is still awaiting delivery of the remaining carriers and vests. The remaining officers will then need to be retrofitted for the equipment, and the program will continue to advance gradually.


Zoom Meeting to be Held on May 1st for Pawtucket's 2024 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

  • April 15, 2024
  • Uncategorized

Join the Local Planning Team meeting on Zoom for Pawtucket's 2024 Hazard Mitigation Plan, scheduled for May 1 from 12:45 to 2:00 PM.  See the full agenda and Zoom details below. Take advantage...  Read More >

City Speak
"The birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, Pawtucket is poised to undergo a 21st century evolution into Rhode Island's premier arts and cultural destination, an ideal community to live, work, play, start a business and raise a family."

- Mayor Donald R. Grebien

New Event

2023 Mayor's Holiday Dinner

  • December 12, 2023
  • Event

Celebrating the success of the Mayor's Holiday Dinner – a time-honored tradition in Pawtucket! Grateful for the incredible support from elected officials, City of Pawtucket employees, and generous...  Read More >