SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield school resource officer has been removed from a middle school following an allegation of misconduct, the city’s mayor office announced on Monday.
Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News the removal of an officer from the Quebec Unit at the Kiley Middle School was ordered by him along with Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and Superintendent Dan Warwick.
“We have started an I.I.U. investigation and request of a review hearing before our civilian Community Police Hearing Board,” Mayor Sarno stated in an email to 22News.
The mayor’s office explained that the Department of Children and Family Services has filed a “51A investigation” to be conducted on the Kiley Middle School officer based on claims of police misconduct in the officer’s interaction with a student.
The mayor and acting police commissioner both stated in an email to 22News:
“That we want to get to the bottom of this situation ASAP to properly and swiftly remedy this situation in order to continue to restore and enhance our Police Department’s integrity and professionalism.”
Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News the department is aware and that an investigation has been initiated into the matter. No further comments were immediately available.
22News will bring you updates as more details develop.