SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A graduation ceremony for the Springfield Police Academy was held Friday. The 33 recruits who received their pins are now ready to join the force.
This class is like no other. Having to navigate zoom trainings, COVID-19 tests and more. Now entering a climate where conversations continue surrounding police reform. A total of 31 recruits will join the Springfield Police Department and two others will join the Springfield College police.
“I am so proud to see these new officers graduate and have the courage to become a police officer. Our officers will continue their training with three week rotations throughout some of our specialized units. By holding our promotional ceremony in the morning, we hope these new officers recognize that while this is just the beginning there is a great opportunity for advancement throughout their careers,” said Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
A graduation ceremony was held inside Symphony Hall, the first event here in more than a year. Pin after pin given out, some from Commissioner Clapprood, others from uncles, grandparents, and spouses. Now “released for assignment,” Mayor Sarno said these new recruits will face a lot in their time on the force. However, they should make sure to treat every person they respond to the same way they would a family member.
“Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “Congratulations to our brave and dedicated Police Officers and their families who are being sworn in and to all those being promoted today. Your accomplishments are to be commended and these promotions are well earned and deserved. Commissioner Clapprood and I are proud of each and every one of you and we thank you and your families for your service and continued brave and dedicated efforts in keeping our Springfield and the community safe. Congratulations and God Speed!”
This is also the first academy class to graduate and immediately start wearing body cameras.