After a review of incidents in the area, Newport police said they understand the concerns and are implementing a crime reduction strategy for the Broadway neighborhood.
Police continue to investigate the most recent incident of violent crime — a shooting incident that was reported when a man came into the Newport Hospital Emergency Room around a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.
Police said the victim is uncooperative and is unwilling to provide information. At least one suspect was identified, but not charges have been filed.
Police say this incident, among other recent
incidents including shots fired on Cranston Street this summer, have caught the attention of the department.
“There appears to be turf disputes,” said Newport Police Lieutenant William Fitzgerald.To listen to concerns and gather information, police called a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22 with the Broadway neighborhood.
Residents told police that the
recent incidents and homeless might have a negative impact on small businesses and residential neighborhoods.
“They don’t feel safe,” said Fitzgerald. “We want them to know we know about it. We don’t want this to get out of hand.”
Fitzgerald said the Newport Police Department is implementing a “multi-pronged, proactive approach” to prevent crime in the area. As early as the next day after the meeting, police increased patrols in the area, which resulted in arrests.
Other crime prevention tactics the department plans to implement are: increased lighting, conversations with community housing
and a partnership with the neighborhood.
“We need the public to help us,” he stressed. “Please call police if you see a crime.”
Police will hold a follow-up meeting in November to present results and next steps, said Fitzgerald.
To report a crime in Newport, call the Newport Police Department at (401) 847-1306