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Providence Mayor-elect Elorza says he'll keep the current safety commissioner and police chief

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — The mayor-elect of Providence says he's keeping the current public safety commissioner and police chief.

Jorge Elorza said Friday that Commissioner Steven M. Paré and Chief Hugh T. Clements have decades of experience in law enforcement and he's confident in their abilities and commitment.

Elorza says the department will implement new rules in January to address concerns about police conduct and the relationship between the police and the community.

The rules call for quarterly reviews of traffic stop data to determine whether racial disparities exist, and for additional checks to ensure officers are following department policies and procedures. Elorza also wants to seek funding for body cameras.

Paré became commissioner in 2011 and previously served as superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police. Clements joined the department in 1985.

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