Changes planned in Big E policing

Special officers were paid by the Big E

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Changes in security operations are expected for the Big E.

The West Springfield Police Department has placed regular and special police officers at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds during the Big E and for large events over the past several years. Those special police officers were always paid by the Big E and not the town.

The West Springfield Police Department used to have 67 of the special officers on their roster, but will now have 25 along with regulars and retirees that do roadwork.

22News asked Mayor Edward Sullivan how this would affect the police department. He said, “The 25 that will be enlisted year round should be enough to supplement our daily and weekly activities so the additional officers who were on the books will now be hired by the Big E, and they were always specific to the fair anyway.”

The ESE sent 22News a statement addressing the change in use of auxiliary police officers saying, “The Chief has designed a new system that ESE is happy to support. We are confident in the ability of the Police Chief and his department and we look forward to producing another great even in our community in 2015.”

The entire statement from the ESE:

ESE and the Town of West Springfield work very closely together on a myriad of fronts including public safety. ESE was informed by the Town of West Springfield, its Mayor and Chief of Police that the Town of West Springfield desired to make a significant change in its use of auxiliary police officers.

 

 

The Chief has designed a new system that ESE is happy to support. We are confident in the ability of the Police Chief and his department and we look forward to producing another great event in our community in 2015.

 

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