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Mayor Sarno Requests Massachusetts National Guard

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced today, out of an abundance of caution and to continue to be proactive in addressing any potential needs that might arise due to the public health emergency situation of COVID-19, that he has contacted the Office of Governor Baker and MEMA to request the Massachusetts National Guard to be deployed in the City of Springfield under the command of Police Commission Cheryl Clapprood.

The Mayor has requested for 75 members of the Massachusetts National Guards to be deployed to help augment and supplement our local police and city operations.

“Though our dedicated men and women in blue are currently fully staffed and out on the front lines providing our residents and business community with the public safety operations they need. The reality of the situation is this COVID-19 situation will eventually begin to take its toll on our first responders and front line personnel.” Mayor Sarno said. “From the daily morning reports Police Commissioner Clapprood has provided me, we are already down 20 officers and are awaiting their test results to determine if they can end their self-quarantine and return back to duty. Commissioner Clapprood and I realize that this number can and will increase so we have to be proactive in our strategies to continue to keep our residents and business community safe and sound.”

Mayor Sarno added, “I take this action as a precautionary measure as we continue to plan ahead and stay proactive during this COVID-19 situation. The addition of these 75 members from the Massachusetts National Guard will help to augment and supplement our local police and other city operations as needed under the direct command of Commissioner Clapprood.”

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