The Springfield Community Police Hearing Board made its annual report covering the periods for 2017 available to the public Tuesday.
According to a news release sent to 22News from Mayor Domenic Sarno’s Office, the report gives an overview of the complaints involving police misconduct that have been reviewed by the Board in accordance with the mayor’s executive order which created the Board for 2017.
The data, provided below, has been arranged in tables which shows trends in regard to the number, type, and resolution of complaints against members of the Springfield Police Department.
The Springfield Police Department had more than 280,000 interactions with members of the public in 2017.
A total of 81 complaints against members of the department were filed by citizens and reviewed by the Board last year. Among those complaints, 36 charges involving the use of force were reviewed.
Mayor Sarno told 22News he’s working on increasing transparency between the police and the public.
“Like in any profession, you’re going to have trial and tribulation, you want to keep that to a limited number,” said the city’s mayor. “If there is a situation that arises where a police officer acts improperly we will deal with that.”
In an effort to keep the public and police safe, earlier this month Mayor Sarno announced a significant contract agreement with the patrolman’s union that will require Springfield police officers to wear body cameras.
Springfield is the largest city in the state to have a policy like this one throughout the entire department.