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Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood

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   With gun violence on the rise, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts met with several big city police chiefs today to discuss how federal authorities can help. 

the front door of Springfield Police Headquarters

     Springfield, Massachusetts officials are touting progress on police reforms following a federal investigation that found unconstitutional use-of-force by narcotics officers.

      Springfield City Councilors want to pick up the pace of police reforms in the wake of a scathing report from the U.S. Department of Justice. 

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While still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, police in the largest city in western Massachusetts have started training to use body-worn cameras. 

The police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts continues to defend the reinstatement of five officers while criminal charges against them are still pending. 


     The issue of face surveillance technology continues to divide elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 

      The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts could vote Monday to ban the government’s use of face surveillance technology.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.


    The largest police department in western Massachusetts is taking steps to equip all its officers with body-worn cameras. 


A swearing in ceremony was held today for the leader of the largest police department in western Massachusetts. 


       The word “acting” was recently removed from the job title of Cheryl Clapprood.  The veteran cop is now the Police Commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts. 


   Authorities say they’ve broken up a drug trafficking organization that sold heroin and cocaine throughout western Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont.