SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield City Council is moving forward with plans to eliminate the office of Police Commissioner. Some City Council members have pushed for a return to a civilian-led police commission. The proposed commission would allow everyday residents to have input in disciplinary decisions involving police officers, rather than just a sole chief of police.
Mayor Domenic Sarno would be in charge of appointing members of the commission, but he’s already said that he’s against it. “If we go back to the old police commission, the learning curve to be a police commissioner, in regards to a political appointee, is two to three weeks,” Sarno said. “The learning curve to be a police chief/police commissioner is 25 to 30 years, and I’m still working on it.”
The City Council continued the discussion of a new police commission in a meeting held on Monday afternoon.