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By PBN Staff
The recent arrests by state police of Providence police officers for involvement in drug dealing and use, as well as questions of the department’s conduct in investigating the death of a young Massachusetts man last week, have many wondering about Providence Police Chief Dean M. Esserman’s effectiveness.
A controversial figure since arriving seven years ago, despite overseeing a decrease in major crimes in the city, Esserman’s support is seen as declining.
Has his reputation as a straight-shooting reformer been damaged too much for him to be effective going forward?