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Providence police to become ‘teaching department’

By Amanda Milkovits
The Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Police Department is planning to launch itself as a “teaching police department,” modeled on the idea of a teaching hospital, where police officers from here and around New England will learn from each other’s best practices.

Police Chief Dean M. Esserman announced those ideas yesterday during a meeting of the New England Major City Police Chiefs Consortium, which gathered at the Providence Public Safety Complex for seminars on the long-term benefits of including mental-health clinicians on police patrols, and using mediation as an alternative to sentencing for some violent crimes.

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