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Largest Springfield Police Academy Class In Decades Announced


The city of Springfield, Massachusetts plans to hire 59 police officers this year, the largest addition to the city’s police department in 20 years.

Along with the new police officers comes a new plan to deploy more cops downtown in a Metro Policing Area. 

Mayor Domenic Sarno said the officers will be hired, trained, and deployed well in advance of the opening of the MGM casino that is expected to draw 8 million visitors a year to the city.

" Having a strong police presence not only in our downtown but in our neighborhood areas brings that sense of security, that sense of investment," said Sarno.

Sarno said annual payments from MGM and a rising property tax base means the city can afford to hire the additional officers, who will enter the police academy in May.

One feature of the new fight against crime downtown will be the installation of four booths along Main Street that will be continuously staffed by police officers.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.