The North Providence Town Council voted to send a letter to Rhode Island State Police officials requesting guidance in their dealing with the town's embattled police department.
Tuesday's vote came following two hours of testimony from police officers and town attorneys regarding recent complaints against the force.
Police union president Dennis Stone requested that the council launch an investigation into alleged bullying tactics used by Acting Police Chief Christopher Pelagio as well as sexual harassment accusations and the overall "dysfunction" of the department.
Dino Autiello, town council president, says he was disheartened to hear of the problems with the police force.
Autiello says he hopes to work with the police union and administration to reach a resolution.