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I-Team: New plan may put state troopers in Providence

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The Providence Police Department and Rhode Island State Police might team up to assist in crime prevention in the city.

In a detailed memo to his state troopers, Lt. Col. Michael Winquist said gun violence has prompted Providence police to ask the state police for help on the city's streets.

The new plan would make the partnership a "semi-permanent" Neighborhood Response Team.

According to the plan, state police would provide six troopers to the unit and Providence police would offer six officers too. The unit would work overnight from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning in January and ending in early September.

According to the memo, troopers would work in both uniform and plain clothes and in marked and unmarked cars. Two troopers would also be assigned to the Providence Police Gun Task Force.

Details of the plan are still being discussed and would need union approval from both Rhode Island state troopers and Providence police.

Crime statistics have remained flat year-to-year, and the number of murders has dropped, which has many Providence police officers wondering why the state police are needed.

Some officers who spoke to the NBC 10 I-Team on the condition of anonymity felt the presence of state troopers in Providence implies they have failed to do their jobs. Others, however, saw it differently and encouraged more police presence on the streets.

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