MSP Deploys Troopers Into Springfield To Assist City Police

MSP Deploys Troopers Into Springfield To Assist City Police

MSP Deploys Troopers Into Springfield To Assist City Police

The Massachusetts State Police on Monday, March 30, deployed 16 Troopers into Springfield to assist the local police department in fulfilling its public safety mission. The deployment, directed by State Police Colonel Christopher Mason, will mitigate shortages in available local patrols due to quarantines of sworn SPD members.

The mission of the State Police deployment is to provide immediate response to emergencies and calls for service in protection of lives and safety within its area of responsibility, as well as to assist at critical incidents and with protection of property. The Troopers who have been deployed into Springfield were re-assigned from positions in various MSP investigative units.

“Along with Police Commissioner Clapprood, I would like to thank Governor Baker and State Police Colonel Christopher Mason for their continued cooperation and partnership – especially during this public health emergency,” Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said. “This addition will help augment and supplement our local police operations as we continue to initiate proactive measures to stay ahead of this ongoing COVID-19 situation.  We’ve always had a great partnership between our SPD and State Police.”

Added Colonel Mason: “The Springfield Police Department, under Mayor Sarno and Commissioner Clapprood, does superb work protecting its city, and the Massachusetts State Police historically has been proud to work with the SPD to confront and resolve threats to public safety. Our current deployment into the city, amplifying the strong efforts of the Springfield Police to maintain safety in the community during this this public health emergency, is the latest challenge that our two departments will confront and overcome together.”

The State Police personnel, whose re-assignments will last indefinitely, are under the supervision of an MSP lieutenant and will work all three daily shifts. At the start of every shift, the MSP deployment will receive patrol assignments for a designated geographic area within the city from the SPD shift commander. The deployment is under the overall command of MSP Troop B Major Michael Habel.

“I want to thank Colonel Mason and Major Habel for being great partners in these trying times,” said Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood. “The majority of the Troopers coming already have knowledge of our city either having worked here or through our C3 or Gaming Enforcement Units and I anticipate seamless cooperation.”

MSP personnel are wearing their own uniforms and operating marked MSP cruisers, but have been issued SPD portable radios and will monitor Springfield Police radio traffic in order to respond to calls for service in their patrol area or to provide assistance to responding SPD patrols. Arrests made by Troopers responding to local calls will be transferred to SPD custody.

The Springfield deployment is the latest of several by the State Police in assistance to local police departments as a result of COVID-19 operational circumstances. The MSP last week added several Troopers to its barracks on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, and also assisted Lawrence Police in a leaflet drop to provide important information about protection from virus transmission. The Department stands ready to further assist communities as needed.

Please credit photo to Massachusetts State Police.