This was a proud day for Springfield’s newest police supervisors.
Five newly promoted Sergeants received their pins from family members or designated officers.
Families looked on proudly as Sergeants Derek Cook, Rafael Vega, Edward Kalish, Jaime Bruno, and Pablo Feliciano took their place among the Springfield Police Department’s supervisory staff.
“It takes courage,” Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said. “We all have the kind of courage to face danger. But when you’re a supervisor, there’s another kind of courage and it’s to hold people accountable while gaining their respect.”
Mayor Domenic Sarno told the gathering, he’s proud of each and every one of these officers.
The five new Sergeants, who all became officers during the 1990s, have more than 115 combined years of police experience.
The president of the Springfield Police Supervisors Association Captain Brian Keenan thanked the mayor for filling these crucial positions, to maximize accountability on the streets.