SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of law enforcement families filled City Stage in Springfield on Thursday, for a pinning ceremony for Springfield’s newest police officers.
After 24 weeks of training, 46 men and women received their badges as they joined the Springfield Police Department. This is the largest Springfield Police Academy graduating class in 20 years.
Some were pinned by family members in law enforcement. One graduate had her badge pinned by her grandmother, a retired police officer. Others by Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri.
Newly made Officer Dan Toledo celebrated with members of his family. His father Lou knows the dangers that come with the job. “He has a cousin on the force that was able to take him under his wing and teach him.”
They know the dangers, and they’re ready for their first assignment. “Just stay calm and humble,” Officer Toledo said, “and be prepared for anything that happens.”