As a result of a developing partnership between the Rhode Island Department of Corrections’ Cranston Adult Probation & Parole Unit and the Cranston Police Department, a series of in-service trainings was provided on the following dates this winter: February 10, 12, 18, 23, 25, March 4, and March 11, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
These trainings were mandatory for the entire Cranston Police Department and were held at the Cranston Police Training Academy, located at 493 Phenix Ave., in Cranston. Each session was attended by a group of no more than 25 officers and was led by RIDOC Community Corrections staff. The sessions addressed the following topics: Home Confinement Electronic Monitoring Parole Straight Parole Probation The new Mapper program
Conversations between the two entities, headed up by Corrections Director Ashbel T. Wall II and Cranston Police Chief, Colonel Marco Palombo, Jr., a former Correctional Officer, began in the fall. Leadership from the Cranston PD has attended the “Meet n’ Greet” and regional re-entry council meetings held in nearby communities with the hope of moving in that direction in the near future.
Jean Embrey, Cranston Probation & Parole Supervisor, is enthusiastic about the Developing partnership, noting, “This model has been successful in other regions of the state. Reentry is key to lowering recidivism rates, and our closer collaboration with law enforcement is the best way to address issues of reentry.”
Lt. Alan Loiselle of the Cranston Police Patrol Division stated, “This new partnership has provided this department with additional tools to more effectively police the city. The Mapper system will help to give us a jump start on our investigations and will surely be of great assistance in helping to solve crime.”
Mayor Fung added, “It is imperative that we continue to look for ways to partner with State and other municipal organizations as well as with the private sector to do what is in the best interest of our community. This most recent effort between the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and the Cranston Police Department exemplifies how successful these endeavors can be.”