FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2021
Springfield Police Department Releases 2020 Annual Report
The Springfield Police Department’s 2020 Annual Report is now available to the public.
This year’s report details an unprecedented year for SPD, marked by unique challenges, tragedy, and new opportunities for growth as a department and as a community.
Highlighted in the report are new equipment and new programs including in-house victim advocates, funding for a body-worn camera program, and the long-anticipated change to the FBI-administered crime reporting system NIBRS (National Incident-Based Reporting System).
Along with the rest of the world, SPD was required to adapt as COVID-19 changed the way we interact and serve our community. The 2020 report documents the ways in which the pandemic impacted all aspects of the department.
2020 was defined by violence, as it became the deadliest year ever in Springfield history with 28 violent deaths and 29 traffic fatalities. The year was also marred by the tragic loss of Springfield Police Officer Christopher Walsh, who was killed in March, and the senseless attack at SPD Headquarters that caused life-altering injuries to Officer Mark Priebe.
“Through it all, the men and women who have accepted the call to serve and protect the citizens of Springfield did just that—every day, without fail,” said Police Chief Paul Williams. “And as you open the 2020 Annual report, I’d ask that you take a few moments and reflect on the year that was, through the eyes of the SPD.”
Springfield Police Department 2020 Annual Report:
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Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey
Release authorized by Chief Paul Williams