SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood was sworn in as the Springfield Police Commissioner on Tuesday morning.
Mayor Domenic Sarno hosted the ceremony that started at 11 a.m. in the Mahogany Room at Symphony Hall in Springfield. Clapprood was appointed Acting Police Commissioner in February and was officially appointed Commissioner on September 20.
“I look forward to serving the men and women of the police department and the citizens of Springfield, honorably and with dignity for the next four years,” Clapprood told 22News.
She is Springfield’s first woman Police Commissioner and has been with the police department for 40 years. She started in April of 1979 as a police cadet and entered into the Police Academy and became a sworn officer on October 19, 1981.
“Commissioner Clapprood has done an exemplary job and has been well received and respected by the public and our Police Department during some very trying and challenging times in the world of policing. From fast tracking the implementation of body worn cameras to continuing to expand our C3 Neighborhood Policing to moving P.E.R.F. reform initiatives that strengthen and enhance community police relations, Commissioner Clapprood’s tough, fair, heartful and decisive leadership style and vision has brought stability and confidence to our public and our department. ‘She has said what has to be said and done what has to be done.’ Again, I thank her and our ‘men and women in blue’ for their continued brave and dedicated efforts to keep all our residents, neighborhoods and business community safe and sound.”Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
“I am thankful for the support of the women and men of this department over these past few months. I’m honored in the confidence Mayor Sarno has shown in me. I have served this city for more than 40 years and am eager to continue serve our residents in this new role as we embark on major technological advances and continue the programs and projects we started when I was named Acting Commissioner.”Springfield Police Commissioner, Cheryl Clapprood
According to a news release sent to 22News, before becoming a Springfield Police Officer, Clapprood served in the United States Air Force both active and reserve status from 1978 until her honorable discharge in 1984.
After swearing in the Oath of Office, Clapprood’s nephew, State Police Sgt. Brian Clapprood did the honors of pinning on her badge. Clapprood’s a 40-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department. She told 22News Her goal was to make lieutenant rank. She never expected to lead the police department.
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Things started to just fall into place. I’m a believer that things happen for a reason. I’m willing to take on that role and do the very best that I possibly can.Springfield Police Commissioner, Cheryl Clapprood
Commissioner Clapprood told 22News community relations and maintaining residents’ trust will always be a top priority.