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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide community-based solutions to policing issues which have a direct impact on communities of color and the pivotal roles that Black/African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American law enforcement personnel, and other criminal justice practitioners of color play.

We do this through various programs designed to empower youth, develop mechanisms that will facilitate the open exchange of information between and amongst minority law enforcement officers and their respective agencies, develop and establish effective, meaningful communications between and with the minority communities of this State and the law enforcement community, improve the quality of life in poor and low-income communities, and strengthen the bonds between community members and their law enforcement guardians.

Our tools for success include: opportunities to expose youth to the criminal justice field, mentorship programs for youths or young adults of color in high school or a higher education institution interested in law enforcement or who desire to pursue a career in the field of criminal justice, and training for law enforcement and community members, member advocacy sessions, and various other endeavors.

What We Stand For

We, the members of the Rhode Island Guardians Association, declare to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. We unite for the good of our members and their families. To inculcate loyalty and allegiance to the United States; to improve the individual proficiency of our members in the performance of their activities among law enforcement officers; to encourage legislative, social, charitable and educational activities and change for and amongst our members; to cultivate a spirit of unity and mutual helpfulness among our members and the people we serve; to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the law enforcement profession and thus more firmly to establish the confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property of the citizens of these United States.

Today In History

  • In 1885 - Samuel David Ferguson consecrated bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church and named bishop of Liberia. He was the first Black American with full membership in the House of Bishops
  • In 1884 - John R. Lynch, former congressman from Mississippi, elected temporary chairman of Republican convention and became first Black to preside over deliberations of a national political party

To Inspire You

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe

Frederick Douglas

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