Providence police get new deputy chief, major with promotions | #College. | #Students

PROVIDENCE — Two longtime Providence police supervisors have been promoted following the retirement of Deputy Chief Thomas A. Verdi.

Maj. Oscar Perez has been promoted to the deputy chief position, which also holds the rank of commander.

Perez will oversee the department’s operations.

Meanwhile, Detective Capt. Timothy O’Hara has been promoted to major.

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza credited the department’s leaders, including both Perez and O’Hara, with helping reduce crime in the city and with the organization’s “forward-thinking” orientation.

Perez, a graduate of Central High School, joined the force in 1994.

His assignments have ranged from working in the Youth Services Bureau as a detective in 2001 to overseeing patrols in South Providence, Washington Park, Elmwood and the Reservoir Triangle neighborhoods.

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