Central Falls – On Monday evening, State Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls) presented a $5,000 legislative grant check to the Central Falls Police Department. The grant will be used to fund the department’s community policing program for the coming year.
“I’m thankful to have the opportunity the opportunity to support community policing initiatives in Central Falls through this grant,” said Rep. Maldonado. “Through their community policing program, CFPD will be able improve the quality of life for residents and strengthen relationships with between the community and law enforcement. It’s encouraging to see everyone working together to achieve a sustainable community.”
The department’s community policing initiative will emphasize close interaction between the community and officers to build relationships with residents and law enforcement in the city.
“The Central Falls Police Department is grateful for this grant funding as it will assist us as we expand our community policing philosophy and continue to build strong relationships with those we serve,” said Major Daniel J. Barzykowski. “This funding will be used specifically for Bicycle Squad Patrols which allow our officers to engage the public on a more personal level without the restrictions encountered by patrol vehicles. On behalf of the Central Falls Police Department, I would like to thank State Representative Maldonado for her continued support of our agency and our community.”
“Central Falls has been very fortunate to have representation at the state level that continuously gives back to the community,” added Mayor James Diossa. “Through this grant, Rep. Maldonado is ensuring that our community is a safer and healthier place to live. We are all very proud of the work she has done on behalf of our residents.
Rep. Maldonado is currently in her first term serving the residents of House District 56. Prior to serving in the General Assembly Maldonado served one term on the Central Falls City Council.