Chicopee Mayor, Police Chief discuss crime with business owners

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee city leaders and police have been moving forward with plans to install more surveillance cameras following recent violence and crime downtown.

On Monday Mayor Richard Kos and Police Chief William Jebb met with business owners and neighbors at the city’s library to give them an update. Business owners had initially been upset about an increase in loitering, gang activity, and break-ins downtown, but they told 22News they’ve definitely noticed improvements since their first meeting.

Kin Williamson of Williamson’s Clothier said, “There’s more police presence, a uniformed presence which is great. We see the lighting is going to be improved dramatically and not just the walking beat, we see the cruisers more often and it just makes one feel safe.”

Chief Jebb pledged to keep up their efforts and patrols, and also urged people in Chicopee to lock their car and home doors, keep valuables out of sight, and if you see something unusual, to call the police department.

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