What to expect for Providence public safety with Brett Smiley as mayor

Brett Smiley sworn-in as 39th mayor of Providence, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — After a day filled with pageantry and procession, newly inaugurated Mayor Brett Smily is ready to lay out his path for success and safety in the city of Providence.

“We will restore a sense of public safety and bring high quality services to every resident within our 20 square miles,” Smiley said.

With having to replace two pillars in public safety in police Chief Hugh Clements and Commissioner Steven Paré, Smiley plans to promote within and keep leadership local.

“We have a culture that is healthy and safe, so I think the best leader is one that can continue what we’re doing as opposed from coming from the outside to make big changes because I don’t think big changes are necessary,” Smiley said.

ABC 6 News asked Smiley when the police chief role could be filled. He said his goal is at the end of the month.

“My only benchmark is to have a chief in place for when Chief Clements leaves but we don’t have that date yet but I expect it to be in the month of January,” Smiley said.

Smiley said as of now, he does not have any immediate plans to keep the commissioner role in his administration.

Regardless of who takes on new leadership in 2023, Smiley plans to continue cracking down on not only violent, but what he refers to as “quality of life” crimes.

“Everything from ATVs and motorcycles to things like catalytic converters getting stolen. We’re going to focus on violent crime but also expand into these quality of life crimes to make it a safer, healthier more livable city,” he said.

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