Olneyville Safer Streets Association

Formerly known as the Olneyville Crime Watch

The Olneyville Safer Streets Association (OSSA), is the neighborhood group organized by Olneyville residents including the OSSA Captain and two Block Captains. The group focuses on health and safety issues in the neighborhood and often invites speakers to educate residents on relevant topics. ONE NB seeks to encourage residents’ confidence and build their emerging leadership skills so that they may be able to independently lead this effort. Importantly, as the facilitator for Olneyville Safe Neighborhoods, ONE NB is able to gather critical information from residents for the CaPA team, and communicate information from CaPA back to the community.  

OSSA meets on the last Thursday of the month from 6pm-7:30pm at the ONE Neighborhood Builders office (66 Chaffee Street).

For more information or to participate in OSSA, contact OSSA Captain Virginia Morgan at vickymor@live.com

or call Bryana Del Santo at 401-351-8719 ext. 112.

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Virginia Morgan – OSSA Captain

Block Captains

These individuals are ambassadors of the OSSA movement. They serve as residents’ first point of contact and motivate and encourage residents to engage in various neighborhood activities, as well as assist in the planning of neighborhood events and meetings.


  • Serve as the spokesperson for the Olneyville Safer Streets Association (formerly known as the Crime Watch)
  • Serve as the liaison between the Police Department and your community
  • Attend and help host all OSSA meetings
  • Assist and coordinate neighborhood events
  • Outreach to Olneyville residents
  • Recruit residents for events including OSSA meetings
  • Participate in block captain trainings
  • Help keep Olneyville safe and build relationships among residents!

For more information on Block Captains, contact Bryana Del Santo at 401-351-9719 ext.1112 or delsanto@oneneighborhoodbuilders.org

Iesha Hall - Block Captain

Iesha Hall – Block Captain – Zone 1

David Rosario – Block Captain Zone 2

Lt. Richard Fernades Jr. - District Commander for Olneyville

Lt. Richard Fernades Jr. – District Commander 4 and 5

          Knowing from a young age that he wanted to work in law enforcement, Lt. Richard Fernandes has been in the field for over 22 years. Prior to joining the Providence Police Department, Lt. Fernandes worked as an Officer with the Richmond and New Shoreham PD as well as a correctional officer at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institute. Over the last several years, Lt. Fernandes has risen through the ranks of the PPD serving as an Officer, Detective, Sargent for District 6 (Mount Pleasant), and a Shift Commander.  Lt. Fernandes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. He resides in Providence with his family and states that what he enjoys most about being a Providence Lieutenant is that the work changes daily and the people he gets to meet.

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