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    At a critical juncture in its history, the Springfield, Massachusetts Police Department is increasing its supervisory ranks.

    Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts want to give more teeth to the civilian board that reviews complaints about the city’s troubled police department.

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   A consultant is suggesting changes in how the troubled Springfield, Massachusetts Police Department polices itself.  

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A statewide grand jury in Massachusetts Wednesday indicted 13 Springfield police officers and one former officer on charges stemming from a 2015 assault on four men.

      As a step to restore community trust, the acting commissioner of the troubled Springfield, Massachusetts police department is planning to pursue accreditation. 

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    Hoping to fill vacancies and keep up with a wave of retirements, a 16 percent budget increase is being sought for the Springfield, Massachusetts police department.

       The abrupt departure of the top cop in Springfield, Massachusetts last month has been followed by new investigations and calls for more reforms in the city’s troubled police department.

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     The abrupt exit of the police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts could bring to a head a long-running political dispute over how best to manage the troubled department.

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The announcement of criminal charges this week against five police officers in Springfield, Massachusetts again raised questions about supervision and discipline in the city’s police department.

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     The police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts is vowing to press forward with reforms to the police department.  But after a recent jury verdict in a police brutality lawsuit, some elected officials are growing impatient. 

    The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts will have a new president in 2019.

   The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts voted Monday to pay $1.1 million to settle pending lawsuits, with most of the money going to resolve complaints of police misconduct.

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    Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts say they have a three-phase plan to outfit the city’s police officers with body-worn cameras. 

A posthumous promotion is being sought for an African-American member of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts whom advocates say was denied the rank of captain because of his race.  But, the city’s top cop warns it would open a “Pandora’s box.”  

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Officials today showcased a multi-faceted public safety plan for the opening next week of the first resort casino in Massachusetts – the MGM Springfield. 

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Law enforcement is increasing its video surveillance footprint across the largest city in western Massachusetts as preparations continue for a large influx of daily visitors.

For the first time, a city in western Massachusetts will deploy special police officers. It is a unique public safety plan that required a special act of the state legislature and the approval of the governor.           

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   A contract has been finalized that will put Springfield in line to be the first big city in Massachusetts with police officers wearing body cameras.

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    Under the terms of a tentative contract agreement, Springfield could be the first large city in Massachusetts where police officers are outfitted with body-worn cameras.  

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  The largest police department in western Massachusetts has a new unit that uses digital tools and the latest technology to fight crime.

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The police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts said a federal investigation of possible civil rights abuses by narcotics officers could advance efforts to reform the police department.

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      Several police officers with checkered pasts are up for promotion in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dozens of people showed up Tuesday night for a meeting of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, where a discussion of police promotion policies was on the agenda.

The League of Women Voters of Springfield, Massachusetts has announced a series of forums this month on police oversight.

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      Data released today shows the largest city in western Massachusetts has seen a significant drop in crime.

     After 10 months of fact-finding, an ad hoc committee finds residents in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to be largely satisfied with the police department.

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    A special committee formed earlier this year to identify ways to improve relations between the police and the community in one western Massachusetts city may continue its work in 2018.

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  A police officer in Massachusetts who drew national attention for a Facebook post mocking the death of a woman run down by a car during protests in Charlottesville, Virginia last summer has been fired.

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Authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts are calling for greater security measures at all-night businesses.  This follows the unsolved murder earlier this year of a man at a 24-hour gas station in the city.

       A special committee that is working to identify ways to improve relations between the police and the community in Springfield, Massachusetts is soliciting residents’ opinions through an online survey.

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     There is widespread condemnation by elected officials in Springfield, Massachusetts over a social media post, attributed to a city cop, which mocked the dead and injured among the counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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