Rhode Island – The Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association held their 2016 Installation of Officers
on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence where Providence
Police Chief, Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr. was sworn in to serve as their next
president for 2016.
Colonel Clements is the first Providence Police Chief to serve as president of the
association since 1960 when Colonel John A. Murphy was appointed.
The Installation of Officers included: Chief Dean Hoxsie (RI Department of
Environmental Management) as Vice-President; Colonel Richard Silva (West Warwick
Police Department) as Secretary; Chief Edward A. Mello (Jamestown Police Department)
as Treasurer; and Chief James J. Mendonca (Central Falls Police Department) as
Sergeant at Arms. Chief Brian W. Sullivan served as the Immediate Past President of
The mission of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association is to assist its members
and all law enforcement officers in the State of Rhode Island with the
administration of public safety, to promote harmony and trust between law
enforcement and the public, to enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement in the
State, to strengthen public confidence in the police profession and to improve the
quality of life in the communities they serve.
«Colonel Clements leads one of the finest police departments in the nation. His
commitment to Providence and its diverse community benefits the city every single
day. I congratulate Colonel Clements on his selection as President of RIPCA which
will allow communities throughout Rhode Island to benefit from his resounding
leadership,» said Mayor Elorza.
«I congratulate Colonel Clements and each of the officers on their appointments and
offer my sincere best wishes during their term in office,» said Commissioner Paré.