The Olneyville Community and Police Alliance
About The OV CaPA
Strong families, strong neighborhoods, safe streets is the motto of the Olneyville Community and Police Alliance. OV CaPA’s mission is to reduce crime and improve community safety by bringing residents, police and other neighborhood stakeholders together as a problem solving team.
In 2013, The US Department of Justice announced that this alliance was one of 14 recipients of the highly competitive Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. ONE Neighborhood Builders, in partnership with the Providence Police Department, Providence Housing Authority, RI LISC, Project RENEW/Weber.The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, and Roger Williams University’s School of Justice Study will use the three year, $599,868 grant to support community policing initiatives, neighborhood revitalization and resident police partnerships in order to reduce crime, increase collective efficacy and build positive public safety perceptions of Olneyville.
- Reduce violent crime in the identified hot spot by 10%
- Reduce property crime in the identified hot spot by 10%
- Re-develop blighted, vacant/abandoned properties into safe, attractive and affordable housing
- Build collective efficacy
- Increase positive public safety perceptions in, and reputation of, Olneyville
- Document evidence of successful outcomes
Olneyville SHINES on June 4th – Flyer coming soon
- Enhanced Supervision: Through the CaPA project, Providence Police, Probation and Parole staff, and the Institute for the Study and Practice for Nonviolence conduct home visits to Olnevyille residents recently released from the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institute or currently on probation or parole. The goal of these visits is to provide support and offer resources to these individuals in efforts to transition them back into the Olneyville neighborhood.
- Effective Community Policing: Lead by two Providence Officers considered the projects “Action Team” this committee seeks to address the concerns of residents, business owners, and community stakeholders in Olnevyille. With this information, the Action Team creates an Action Plan that is then shared with the community in order to involve residents in the solution process. This team is also responsible for the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) projects in the Olneyville neighborhood.
- Ride Alongs: The Providence Police Department and Project RENEW/Weber partner in “ride alongs” together in the Olnevyile neighborhood in efforts to engage men and women on the streets who may be involved in high risk behavior. These efforts focus on providing individuals with information and resources such as substance abuse treatment programs and HIV testing.
- 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. OSSA meets on the last Thursday of every month at ONE Neighborhood Builders.
- Olneyville Summer Safety Slam (formerly National Night Out): The Olnevyille Summer Safety Slam takes place in the beginning of August. This partnership between the Providence Police and the Olnevyille community is one of the highlights of the summer!
“IT’S O.N. IN OLNEVYILLE (OPERATION NAVIDAD)!”
On Monday December 21st, 2015, the Providence Police Department, Project RENEW/Weber, the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, ONE Neighborhood Builders, Resident Leaders, Councilman Michael Correia, and the Olneyville Youth Council personally delivered over 400 toys to Olneyville residents at their homes as part of the Olneyville CaPA Project.
October 2015 – The Youth Police Initiative Program (YPI) is a three week program that provides an opportunity for interaction between Manton Heights youth and the Providence Police officers. At these meetings/workshops youth learn about the police and their mission to provide policing services to the neighborhood. These meetings/workshops also allow for the youth to express their feelings regarding the police. YPI is a program offered by the North American Family Institute in partnership with the Providence Housing Authority.
April 2015 – 3 for Free Sports Camps were held during April school vacation. CaPA in collaboration with the RI Department of Health provides Olneyville Youth 3 FREE Days of mini sports camps. Participating in team sports like this encourages physical activity, instills self-confidence and teaches cooperation and sportsmanship as well as other life-skills. They also get a chance to form and build relationships with Providence Police Officers, strengthening the youth and law enforcement relationship in Olneyville.
The Providence Police Department The Providence Police Department is one of the oldest police departments in the United States, with its origins dating back to the Revolutionary War in 1775, when night watchmen first walked the City and in 1848, with the issuance of the first badge. Currently the second largest law enforcement entity in New England, The Providence Police Department has evolved into a highly regarded police agency that utilizes the best in technological and human resources to service the second largest populated area in New England.
In 2014, the Providence Police Department presented with prestigious Community Policing Department of the Year Award by the New England Association of Chiefs of Police (NEACOP).
Project RENEW/Project Weber
Project Weber and Project RENEW,are two programs in RI providing services targeted to those involved in, and at risk for, commercial sex work. Working with local law enforcement and community partners, Project RENEW was responsible for 90% reductions in prostitution arrests in both Pawtucket and Central Falls the first two years after its inception. RENEW has won both national and statewide awards, including the Metlife “Community Police Partnership Awards” (twice, in 2006 and 2011, where the partnership was chosen from over 600 applicants) and the RI Foundation Best Practices award for “Creative Collaboration.” These awards celebrated the program’s focus on sustainable partnerships that benefit both clients as well as social service/law enforcement partners who serve this challenging population.
The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence
The Institute is an innovative and nationally lauded 501(c)3 non-profit organization that targets the reduction of gang or group related violence in Rhode Island. Working with law enforcement and hospitals, they have brought the homicide rate down consistently over the past ten years. The Institute utilizes Nonviolence Trainings in prison and schools, Street Outreach, hospital response to violent crime, employment services and enrichment activities. The Institute is the only organization in the country to serve both victims and perpetrators of violent crime through their Victim Services Department – they respond to all homicide victims families and living victims of violent crime. Additionally they work with juveniles and adults as they prepare to be released from the Training School or Prison.
Roger Williams University
Roger Williams University located in Bristol, R.I., is a leading independent, coeducational university with programs in the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community- and globally-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. Offering more than 40 majors and a plethora of co-curricular activities as well as study abroad options, RWU is dedicated to the success of students, commitment to a set of core values, the pursuit of affordable excellence and to providing a relevant, world-class education above all else.
In the last decade, the University has achieved unprecedented successes including recognition as one of the best colleges in the nation by Forbes, a College of Distinction by Student Horizons, Inc. and as both a best college in the Northeast and one of the nation’s greenest universities by The Princeton Review.
Providence Housing Authority
The Providence Housing Authority exists to develop and maintain decent, safe, and sanitary housing, and to address the economic and social needs of residents. The Providence Housing Authority is committed to high standards of public accountability and continuous improvement through management excellence, professional development, and customer satisfaction.
Founded in late 1979, LISC is the largest community development support organization in the country. For more than three decades, LISC has connected local organizations and community leaders with resources to revitalize neighborhoods and improve the quality of life in areas where we work. The LISC model assembles private and public resources and directs it to locally-defined priorities. Our unique structure enables local organizations to access national resources and expertise and allows our funding partners to leverage their investment to achieve an impact that is truly remarkable.
Rhode Island Department of Health
The Rhode Island Department of Health’s mission is to prevent disease and protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island. In 2015, ONE NB and several community partners received a Health Equity Zone (HEZ) grant from the RIDOH. In efforts to reduce health disparities and increase health equity in Olneyville, the HEZ initiative takes a comprehensive and cross sector partnership approach to address the social and environmental determinants of health in Olneyville. The Olneyville Health Equity Zone Project is supported by the grant or cooperative agreement number DP005511, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC, HEALTH, or Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).