SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Wednesday was a proud day for the Springfield Police Department, along with the families of 22 newly-promoted officers.
Each newly-promoted Springfield police officer received his or her new badge from a loved one. New Springfield Deputy Police Chief Cheryl Clapprood told 22News that she will always see herself as a mentor for younger police officers.
“I’ve been here for 38 years and I know how difficult it can be at times, how challenging it can be at times. So, every time one of the newly-promoted guys come up to me and said ‘hang in there,’ I’m there,” Clapprood said.
Loved ones pinning the badges on the newly-promoted officers is a tradition adopted by the Springfield Police Department a relatively short time ago. After Demaris Jones helped formalize the promotion of her husband, Sergeant Marcus Jones, she told 22News about how meaningful this was to her.
“Just to know he’s serving the city I grew up in and making it a better place for all of us, it’s just a wonderful thing. It’s well deserved; he’s a hard worker and a good person,” Jones said.
With Wednesday’s latest round of promotions, the Springfield Police Department now has one new deputy chief, one new captain, three new lieutenants, and 13 new sergeants.