Chief Joseph Tavares
Chief of Police
Major Charles Swenson
Deputy Chief of Police
The East Providence Police Department is comprised of four major organizational components including the Office of the Chief of Police, the Patrol Division, the Detective Division, and the Services Division. Numerous specialized units such as the Traffic Unit, Juvenile Unit, Prosecution Unit, Vice Unit, Training Unit, Community Policing Unit, and the Office of Professional Standards and School Resource Officers work within these divisions to provide a wide array of law enforcement services. The department is currently authorized to maintain ninety-nine sworn officers and twenty-three civilian personnel.
The Chief of Police is responsible for overall operation of the police department. He works with the administrative staff to set goals and objectives and ensures their realization by planning, organizing and directing personnel and resources to that end. The Chief reports directly to the City Manager.
The overall mission of the police department is to create and maintain a pro-active partnership with our residential and business communities in an effort to enhance public safety and reduce the fear and incidence of crime within the City of East Providence. The police department's primary objective is to improve the quality of life in our City by identifying and addressing public safety and community concerns. The police department recognizes the importance of working with the community at large to develop programs to meet this objective and is committed to accomplishing its mission in a professional manner that promotes respect and dignity of all people.