SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – City officials gathered at city hall for a promotional pinning ceremony for the Springfield Police Department.

Four officers were promoted to Lieutenant or Sergeant in the Springfield Police Department for their contribution to the safety of the city.

  • Lieutenant Eleni Barbieri
  • Lieutenant Matthew Benoit
  • Sergeant Melissa Rodriguez
  • Sergeant Douglas Bernier

The promotion process starts with a civil service standardized test which Deputy Chief Steven Kent says is competitive. The highest test scores get put on a list and then they do interviews and rank them based on the quality of the interview.

“Then we look at their personal files, we look for any red flags like sick time or disciplinary issues and then we put it all together and the Superintendent looks it all over and she makes her picks,” said Kent.

“I am proud to congratulate our brave and dedicated Springfield Police Officers who are being promoted to Lieutenant and Sergeant today. Thank you to each and every one of you and your families for your service and continued brave and dedicated efforts in keeping our Springfield community safe.  Wishing you continued good health and Godspeed,” states Mayor Sarno in a news release from the City of Springfield.

Kent says it’s important to have strong leaders who know the job and know the law, that can help guide younger police officers who come in.

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