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Purpose and Mission of PERA

The purpose of the Providence External Review Authority (PERA) is to investigate allegations of misconduct on the part of officers of the Providence Police Department, to make findings of fact and to make recommendations of potential disciplinary action to the Chief of Police.

PERA was established in 2002 by Providence City Ordinance No. 614 (Chapter 2002-39) to provide for a system of Civilian Oversight over the Providence Police Department. PERA has the mission and the authority to investigate and conduct hearings concerning allegations of misconduct on the part of sworn officers of the Providence Police Department.

If you believe that you have been the victim of misconduct committed by a sworn officer of the Providence Police Department, you have the right to report the incident to PERA.

A report needs to be filed within one year of the occurrence of the incident.


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