Mayor Domenic J. Sarno has announced details as to the upcoming Civilian Community Police Hearing Board’s (CPHB) Community Outreach event.
Mayor Sarno states, “These ongoing sessions will continue discussion and the community’s input on enhancing police/community relations. Everyone is welcome to participate. We look forward to again hearing from our community members and organizations. Also, I am deeply appreciative of retired Chief State Supreme Court Justice and Springfield native Roderick Ireland’s participation. His continued advice, wisdom and guidance has been invaluable to me.”
Mayor Sarno added, “These police-community relations public forums are a continuation to my and Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood’s efforts in implementing police reforms and enhancing community relationships. I acknowledge again, that past police misconduct was wrong and hurtful. I know that our community has been adversely effected by this past police wrongdoing, which has created a cloud of negativity on the values and reputation of our City. My goal, our goal, going forward is to make sure that this type of behavior does not happen again in the future and that all our police officers follow the laws and the constitution. Commissioner Clapprood and I are strongly committed to reforms, many of which she has already implemented, but there is much more to be done in working with the Department of Justice and our community for systematic change. These efforts will continue to make our Springfield Police Department one that all citizens can be proud of. I want to make it perfectly clear that, as we have done in the past, any officer found guilty of violating a citizens civil rights will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law up to and including termination.”
The information on how to participate is provided below and we ask that the invitation be shared. Please share this information with your members, partners, and constituencies as appropriate.
Anyone wishing to participate by Zoom should pre-register by contacting: Molly Shea or Darryl Moss.
By email to:
Call (413) 787-6100
Between 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
The program can be viewed live on Channel 17 on Springfield’s Comcast Cable Channel and online at http://focusspringfield.com/watch/government/. In addition, the program will also be livestreamed on the City of Springfield’s Office of Communications Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CityofSpringfieldMA. The Zoom link will be issued at the appropriate time on the City of Springfield’s website at www.springfield-ma.gov and on the City of Springfield’s Office of Communications Facebook page.