Springfield debating on reinstating civilian police commission

Hampden County

This city council’s proposal aims to bring back the rank of Police Chief, and give power to an all-volunteer civilian board.

Mayor Domenic Sarno is currently working with the Police Executive Research Forum to review police conduct and assess the relationship between the police force and the community.

“I believe whole-heartedly that when you break up power, in any position, that increases transparency and accountability,” said City Councilor Jesse Lederman.

The possibility of reinstatement was discussed at Monday night’s meeting.

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