Springfield Police Academy Graduates 38 Recruits

Springfield, Mass. — Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl C. Clapprood on behalf of the Springfield Police Department, West Springfield Police Chief Paul Connor, Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi and Springfield College Department of Public Safety Chief Joe Tiraboschi is pleased to announce 38 recruits graduated from the Springfield Police Academy Thursday June 16th.  The graduation ceremony was held at Blake Arena on the Springfield College Campus.

Academy Class #0622 began their 23 weeks of training in January under the direction of Academy Director Captain David Kane and Springfield Police instructors.  The Springfield Police Academy recruits will join the Springfield Police Department (31), West Springfield Police Department (3), Springfield College Department of Public Safety (3) and Hampden County Sheriff’s Department (1).

Springfield City Clerk Gladys Oyola-Lopez read the recruits their oath and swore them in.  Superintendent Clapprood, Academy Director Kane and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno all provided remarks.

“Making the choice to become a police officer today is a difficult one.  Their training was not easy and they should be extremely proud of their accomplishments to get to this point.  To be successful in this career they will need the support of their family, friends and fellow officers.  Policing will continue to evolve and I urge our new officers to strive for excellence no matter what challenges they face.  I’d like to thank Academy Director Kane and his staff of Springfield Police instructors for training and preparing this class for the beginning of their career in this honorable profession,” said Springfield Police Superintendent Clapprood.

Mayor Sarno continued, “I am also every proud to congratulate thirty-one academy graduates on being sworn in to the Springfield Police Department today. I am thankful to these young men and women and their families for stepping up and making this sacrifice to serve and protect all of our residents and business community with courage, professionalism, honor and integrity. Godspeed to them all.”

The new Springfield Police Officers will begin their assignments on Sunday working with veteran officers in our C-3 Units and Uniform Divisions before being assigned to a Squad this fall.