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Thursday, January 19, 2023

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The Attorney General of the United States, Merrick B. Garland, announced the appointment of Colonel Hugh T. Clements Jr. as the Director of the Office of the Police Office that deals with communities (COPS Office). The Office of COPS is the part of the Department of Justice that is responsible for promoting the practice of community policing by the state of the country, organizations, territories, and tribal law enforcement organizations through information and assistance. help

“The Department’s COPS Office is at the center of our efforts to strengthen public trust between communities and to enforce laws that are important for public safety, and I am happy to announce that Chief Hugh Clements, almost 40 years in the Providence Police Department, will be its Director General,” said the Attorney General, Merrick B. Garland. “I believe that the leadership of Chief Clements will enable the COPS Office to continue its important work to keep our communities safe and build the trust and the relationship between the police and the community, and I look forward to working with him. I am very grateful to Rob Chapman for his leadership as Deputy COPS Director, his contributions to community policing, and his continued service to the Department of Justice.

Clements joins the Department of Justice after nearly 40 years with the Providence Police Department in Providence, Rhode Island. Mr. Clements began his distinguished public safety career as a Night Patrol Officer in Providence’s Uniform Division. Over the next 17 years, he rose through the ranks, working in the Special Investigations Bureau and the Detective Bureau, where he played an active role in many major investigations. Later, he became a Deputy Chief and was appointed Deputy Chief of Police in July 2011, and on January 6, 2012 he was appointed as the 37th Chief. of the Ministry and was promoted to the rank of Colonel.


Clements has worked closely with many law enforcement, civil rights, and community organizations. He will receive numerous awards for outstanding police work and dedication to duty, including the three-time Providence Police Department Chief’s Award and the White House Champions of Change Award for Reducing Drug Use and Building a Healthier America.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University. He holds a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Boston University. He attended several specialized schools throughout his career, including the New York State Police Williams Homicide School, the Illinois State Police Supervisor’s School, and the ATF National Gang School in California, and in 2005 he graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police presented by. the Harvard Kennedy School at Boston University.

The Office of COPS is the federal division of the Department of Justice that is responsible for expanding the police force in the country. This is the only Office of the Ministry of Justice that has the name of the police, the COPS Office was established in 1994 and has become the cornerstone of the country’s plans to combat financial crimes. grants, a variety of professional resource products, and training and professional assistance. Over the years, the Office of COPS has become a leading law enforcement agency across the country and continues to listen to the field and provide the resources needed to reduce crime and build the lack of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The Office of COPS has allocated more than $20 billion to support community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and Tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and rehiring of more than 136,000 officers.

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