Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri has appointed 17 special police officers to the Springfield Police Department.
With hundreds of years of police work experience between them, these 17 police retirees have signed on for at least one year as special officers.
Deputy Chief Cheryl Clapprood told 22News why this unprecedented re-hiring was needed at this time.
“They’re needed badly because we’re having a little difficulty filling a lot of our jobs,” Clapprood explained. “The city’s booming right now. The casino’s getting set to open, road construction’s going on, and we’re operating a little bit under staff.”
The returning officers are delighted to be back serving their city again. Officer John Aberdale retired a few years ago after a nearly 34-year career in law enforcement.
“We’ve got a great experience working here at the police department under many former commissioners and former chiefs,” Officer Aberdale said. “It’s like a bit of a homecoming and we took a little bit longer vacation after retirement.”
There were accolades for the Springfield state legislators who steered the history-making legislation signed by governor Charlie Baker.
State Representatives Angelo Puppolo, Carlos Gonzalez and Jose Tosado recognized the need to make certain that there are enough men and women in blue during this period of unprecedented growth in the City of Springfield.