SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A former U.S. Army Reserve property will now be used by the Springfield Police Department, and is being named in honor of a former chief.
The deed for the former Arthur MacArthur Army Reserve Center was transferred to the City of Springfield Monday for free. The new Paul J. Fenton Safety Annex on East Street gives the department thousands of square feet in new space for training, for juvenile and youth services, for the tactical response division, and for the property division.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said Monday that the extra space will help the department better implement their community policing strategies.
Congressman Richard Neal, who was mayor of the city at the time Paul Fenton had served as chief, said that he was particularly pleased that the decision was made to name the building after Fenton, who he described as an extremely dedicated public servant. He noted that Fenton led the department through some difficult times, including the 1985 murders of Officers Alain Beauregard and Michael Schiavina.