Springfield’s first Puerto Rican police officer retires after 44 years

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Police Department’s first Puerto Rican police officer is retiring Friday after serving the city for 44 years.

Ruben Borrero, Springfield’s first Puerto Rican Police Officer, brought his distinguished 44 law enforcement career to a close on Friday.

The Springfield Police Department garage was filled with well wishers, congratulating Ruben Borrero for a job well done. As the first member of the Puerto Rican community to wear a Springfield Police Badge, there were obstacles to overcome.

“It was a rocky start, you had to earn from the officers, it took time to accepting me into the fold,” said Borerro.

Officer Borerro’s son and brother both followed Ruben into law enforcement. Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, who honored Ruben on the day of his retirement, said he truly has been a pioneer.

“I think it shows people what a great thing this is, your relatives are coming on the job. Then you’re speaking highly of this job,” said Clapprood.

A proclamation from Mayor Domenic Sarno went perfectly with the honors befitting a distinguished career for an officer who opened doors to wearing a badge for his community.

“A great officer and a great guy. I kid around, ‘you must have started when you were 3-years-old,’ but you can see the professionalism and the compassion, the tears in his eyes,” said Mayor Sarno.

Officer Ruben Borrero, a veteran police officer retires, a man who truly left his mark on the police department he loves. Congratulations on your retirement Officer Borrero!

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