WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today congratulated Rhode Island’s Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr. on his appointment to serve as the new Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) at the Department of Justice.
“Attorney General Garland could not have picked a better person for this role,” said Congressman Cicilline. “Colonel Clements is a dedicated law enforcement officer with an exemplary 40-year career with the Providence Police Department, during which he championed community policing and deepened the trust between the police and the community. His leadership produced historic reductions of crime in our city. It was an honor to have worked closely with him as Mayor of Providence and now as a Member of Congress over many years of his extraordinary career, and I look forward to partnering with him in this new role. I know that he will continue his outstanding record of public service as the Director of the COPS Office at a vital time for implementing and strengthening smart community policing and providing much needed resources and support to state, local, and Tribal law enforcement agencies across the country.”