Ireland To The City: "I Am Straight Shooter Who Will Tell It Like It Is"

The city of Springfield has begun the process of reforming the police department, that has come under fire after several high profile cases throughout the years that resulted from abuse.

At a special citizens forum, the man who will advise the Mayor on how to reform the system, retired State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland says that even the rank and file cops know there needs to be change.

Ireland says he "is a straight shooter" who will tell it like it is.

And he says there will be a need for additional reforms even though the department is headed in the right direction.

There have been calls in the past for either the current police commissioner, Cheryl Clapprood to either resign or to be fired by the Mayor over a perceived lack of action.

But Archbishop Timothy Paul of the Western Mass Council of Churches says there is no need for that to happen.

He says he believes that the Commissioner can handle the job. More meetings are planned.

(Photo Credit: John Baibak/WHYN News)

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