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City Council gives first approval to changing Providence Police community relations...

PROVIDENCE – A monthlong controversy over Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s pick for a new Providence Police Department leadership role was settled quickly and with...

City Finance Committee recommends changes to Providence Police community relations post

PROVIDENCE – The city Finance Committee gave the green light on Tuesday to a proposal to shift the new Police Department community relations role...

City lawmakers, police double down on ATVs; 52 seized in 1...

PROVIDENCE - City lawmakers are doubling down on taking illegal all-terrain vehicles off the streets as police also renew their own pursuit policies, seizing...

Elorza pick for Providence Police community relations role draws criticism

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza is facing criticism over his decision to put a city administrator with no policing experience in a leading...

City lawmakers, law enforcement leaders clash over how to address crime...

PROVIDENCE - Longstanding tensions over violent crime, illegal all-terrain vehicles and funding for police in the city were laid bare before the City Council...

Providence council president calls for state police backup amid violent crime...

PROVIDENCE – Amid staffing shortages and a rise in violence in the capital city, the head of the City Council is asking for backup...
HUGH CLEMENTS, chief of the Providence Police Department, recently received the Sister Ann Keefe Award from the Nonviolence Institute. The award is given to an individual who supports and fosters nonviolence in the community. The mission of the Providence-based nonprofit is to teach the principles and practices of nonviolence. Clements was appointed to the Providence Police Department on May 5, 1985, as a night patrol officer in the uniform division.

Clements receives Sister Ann Keefe Award from Nonviolence Institute

What was your reaction to being selected as the recipient of this year’s Sister Ann Keefe Award? I had known and worked alongside of Sister...
PROTESTERS march in New York City on June 6. Calls to  “defund the police” have spread nationwide in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody last month in Minneapolis. / AP FILE PHOTO/RAGAN CLARK

How far should police reform go?

The national movement to make police agencies more accountable for their use of force and treatment of black people has led to moves toward...

Thousands march peacefully 4 days after ‘mob’ violence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Scores of protesters dressed in black rallied peacefully in downtown Providence on Friday to denounce police brutality against people of...
PROVIDENCE POLICE CHIEF Col. Hugh Clements, left, and R.I. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit will be honored at RIPEC's 75th Annual Meeting with public service awards. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT/ PBN FILE PHOTO

RIPEC to honor Clements, Coit with public service awards

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council will honor Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements and R.I. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet...

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