Inside the Springfield Police Department



Recently I was given the chance to tour the Springfield Police department with Kevin Grundy, a Springfield Police Officer and Air Force weapons loader. I also interviewed Officer Grundy and got an inside look at the daily life of a police officer.

Officer Grundy has been on the force for 8 1/2 years. He serves as an officer in the CSS (Community Service Squad) and he also is in the United States Airforce. I asked when he had wanted to become a police officer and he said that he had wanted to be a police officer from a young age. He hopes one day to achieve the rank of Patrol Sergeant or Leuetinet. He said the thing he enjoys most is getting to help others, but he also enjoys getting to give people a positive police experience when they have had a bad one in the past. When asked what crimes he sees most commonly he said domestic nature, drug reports, and theft, and the most common crimes in Springfield in 2016 were thefts, burglaries, and assaults.

There are 3 levels of crime infractions which are defined as an infringement, misdemeanors which are defined as a crime less serious than a felony, and a felony a crime that can result in punishment from over a year in prison to death. Officer Grundy said he sees misdemeanors to felonies most often and that drug cases take a while, but can eventually result in federal prison.

The south side Springfield Police Departement is also the Springfield Fire Department. There is one section for the police department and another section for the fire department. The police department has a training facility that includes classrooms and situation rooms where they create situations to represent the different environments in which the officers may respond too. They also have a section of the training facility where they can practice dropping down from the roof into the facility.

In conclusion, I would like to thank Officer Grundy not only for his time in giving me the tour and allowing me to interview him but also for his service in the police force and armed forces. When asked what advice he would give to someone wanting to join the police force, he said that it was very rewarding and getting to help someone change the direction in their life is amazing, and although there isn’t a lot of money in the work, it is all the way worth it.