Johnson & Wales University, Providence Police Open Substation on Harborside Campus

Story by JWU Media Relations , on Sep 12, 2019 11:00 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — September 12, 2019 – Johnson & Wales University (JWU) today held a ribbon cutting ceremony with Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré, Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr. and members of the Providence Police Department to celebrate the opening of a new police substation on the JWU’s Harborside Campus.

The substation, located at 305 Shipyard Street, abuts the Washington Park neighborhood. As part of the three-year agreement, JWU will pay utility costs for electric, water, sewer and gas. Providence Police will rent the 510 square foot space, which has an estimated monthly market rate of $635, for $1 per year from the university.

“Johnson & Wales University has always placed collaboration with the police, fire, and emergency service providers as a top priority in plans for campus safety, and recognizes its importance as it relates to improving the nearby neighborhoods and community at large,” said Providence Campus President Marie Bernardo-Sousa, LP.D. ”We are pleased the city accepted our offer to have a Providence Police substation on the Harborside Campus. This partnership is an example of what can be accomplished when public and private entities thoughtfully collaborate.”

“The Providence Police Department is thankful to Johnson & Whales University for their continued partnership and for providing space on their Harborside Campus for a substation for our officers," said Commissioner Paré. "This new substation will allow for improved relationships with the community and students while at the same time enhancing public safety on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods."

JWU and Providence Police previously opened a substation in the university’s Richmond Building on Weybosset Street in 2012. This station, which supports the JWU Downcity Campus, continues to aid Providence Police in their work downtown.


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Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit


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