Richard M. ClementsChief of Police
I am proud to work with a team of highly capable civilian, sworn and volunteer members who are dedicated to our number one goal of keeping our community safe. The individuals who serve the City of Miami Beach are genuine professionals who do everything they can to protect and serve the needs of our community members.
Despite our best efforts, our employees are only one aspect of the success of the City of Miami Beach. Equally important are the relationships we establish with our community that really make the difference. As citizens you play a critically important role, and we encourage you to get involved by proactively identifying issues before they become problems. As has been proven time and again, by working together we maximize our ability to be truly effective at reducing crime.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to review this site to better understand the services and programs the Miami Beach Police Department has in place. Whether you are an individual or a member of a business, group, or organization, there are numerous ways for you to get involved, and we welcome the opportunity to partner with you.
Chief Richard M. Clements was appointed as the 20th Chief of the Miami Beach Police Department on July 1, 2019. Chief Clements has been with MBPD for the entirety of his law enforcement career that began in 1990. Prior to his appointment as Chief, Clements served as the Deputy Chief of Police overseeing the department’s Operations, Investigations, and Support Services Division. He has received numerous commendations and certificates of appreciation throughout his career and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Utah, with professional certificates from Northwestern University, Boston University and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy. He also served as a sniper on the department’s SWAT team for 16 years.
In 1995, Clements suffered a gunshot wound in his thigh from an armed subject. While injured, he returned fire and struck the subject who later received a 30-year prison sentence. Known for his passion and vocation, Clements’ family is rooted in service, with three generations of MBPD officers including his father, brother and son.