Mr. James E. Clift

Department, Office, or School
Department of Sociology
  • Adjunct Faculty III

A 25-year veteran of the Providence Police Department and has held the rank of detective in the Bureau of Criminal Identification for the past 18 years. During his career Jim has worked in numerous capacities which have included youth offender oversight, uniform patrol emergency response, community policing activities, and has extensive experience in crime scene investigation and forensic examination.

He​ holds a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Rhode Island College and a Master of Science degree from Salve Regina University. Jim is currently a lead instructor for the RI State Crime Lab course in Scientific Evidence and has testified at the Federal, Superior, District, and Municipal court levels in Rhode Island. Jim is a member of several scientific organizations and has presented various workshops on crime scene documentation and latent print recovery at the RI State Crime Lab, the 2015,2017 NEDIAI conference, and at the 2014, 2015, 2016 IAI conferences in Minnesota, Sacramento and Cincinnati.​​​​​


B.A., Rhode Island College

M.S., Salve Regina University