Hugh T. Clements, Jr. was appointed to the Providence Police Department on May 5, 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. On December 18, 1990, he was promoted to the rank of Detective and transferred to the Detective Bureau, Investigative Division. On February 24, 1992, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and transferred to the Patrol Bureau, Uniform Division. On March 19, 1995 he was transferred to the Detective Bureau, Investigative Division. On July 30, 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 and on January 6, 2012 he was appointed Chief of the Department and promoted to the rank of Colonel.
Colonel Clements received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island in 1981. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from Roger Williams College which he received in 1988. He holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University.
He attended many specialty schools throughout his career such as: The NYSP Henry Williams Homicide School, The Illinois State Police Supervisor's School, ATF National Gang School, and in 2005 he graduated the Leadership Rhode Island Alpha II Class, and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.
Colonel 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.
Colonel Clements and his wife Donna, have two daughters: Kayleigh, age 20, and Kourtney, age 13.
Chief's Office ph: 243-6401