“When we compare statistics to last year, which we do, over the last week, over the last month, over the the last year crime across the board is down. Murder is down, car theft, larceny, assault, breaking an entreating are all down across the board,” said Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.
According to Delaney, there have been six homicides so far this year. By this same time last year there were eight.
During the summer months the police department sends out more walking and bike patrols. They also target high crime areas.
“We go and put police where the crime is happening and we have made a lot of strides with the community where they are co-operating with us,” said Delaney.
The police department also believes the 1 a.m. entertainment curfew is helping to curb crime.
“I’ve been down there first hand. I’ve witnessed it. That it is a dramatic change. It’s a lot calmer and it allows those police officers down there breaking up fights, to patrol the sectors in areas and to keep the crime down so it’s working. So far so good,” said Delaney.
Neighborhood groups like the Forest Park Business Association are pleased with the decrease in crime.
Dave Trehey is the owner of Sports Stuff on Sumner Ave. He is also a member of the business association.
“Overall I think they’ve done a tremendous job as to patrolling the whole area and keeping the bad guys off the streets and they’re not afraid to stop somebody if there is something wrong,” said Trehey.
Many of the city’s neighborhood groups work closely with the police department to track crime.
To get involved in your neighborhood group check out the link – http://www3.springfield-ma.gov/planning/councils.0.html