Champions of Change

Hugh T. Clements

Hugh T. Clements

Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Acting Police Chief, Providence Police Department, Providence, RI

Hugh T. Clements, Jr. was appointed to the Providence Police Department in 1985, as a night Patrol Officer in the Patrol Bureau, Uniform Division. He served on the Neighborhood Response Team until 1990, when he was transferred to the Special Investigations Bureau. In 1990, he was promoted to the rank of Detective and transferred to the Detective Bureau, Investigative Division. In 1992, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and transferred to the Patrol Bureau, Uniform Division. In 1995 he was transferred to the Detective Bureau, Investigative Division. In 2002, Hugh was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and transferred to the Patrol Bureau, Uniform Division. In May 2003, Lieutenant Clements was assigned as District Commander of District 5. In January 2005, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau, Investigative Division. In December 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Captain assigned to the Detective Bureau, Investigative Division. In November 2008 he was promoted to the rank of Major, Homeland Security Division and in August 2009 transferred to the Uniform Division. On April 20, 2011 he was selected as Deputy Chief and promoted to Commander. On July 2, 2011 he was appointed as Acting Police Chief.

Commander Clements is the recipient of numerous commendations for excellent police work and devotion to duty. In 1991, he received the Chiefs Award for his investigation of a double shotgun murder on Plainfield Street. In 1992 he received another Chief’s Award for an undercover investigation and arrest of a convicted felon charged with the illegal sale of firearms. He is also the recipient of numerous Letters of Commendation from outside agencies: The FBI, the Attorney General’s Office, as well as other police departments. He also has received numerous awards for his participation in a Latin King Investigation. Most recently he received the Chief’s Award for his extensive investigation into an organized crime weapons trafficking ring, which led to the seizure of guns and the arrest and conviction of an armed career criminal.

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