SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Today Springfield Police and Mason Square activists walked door-to-door to alert residents to free resources available in their neighborhood. The Mason square C-3 Police unit and volunteers hit the ground running today. The mission: To inform residents about free resources available in their community.
Tracye Williams, organizer of the community march said, “We have veterans’ information in there. We have senior information in there. We have youth information in there. So its just all the resources in the community. A lot of time folks don’t know what’s in the community, so we want to give them those resources.”
Volunteers handed out 1000 bags and knocked on countless doors. Williams said, “It was very helpful and I appreciate you guys, thank you.”
Springfield Police Sergeant Devon Williams told 22News, police presence in the community helps reduce crime and makes residents feel safe. He stated, “The walk is important because it lets people know we are here, it’s not just them. Don’t feel like you’re the only one that’s working towards an end. Come share it. There are people here who are like minded.”
And it’s working. So far, the 4 Springfield homicides this year is down considerably from 11, this time last year. A Springfield Police officer told 22News, the walk is not only about bridging the gap between the police and community. It’s about bridging the gap between the community and itself, by letting residents know what resources are available in their neighborhood.
One woman discovered free child care. Gina Delgado of Springfield said, “And I’m working and I would love to go to school. So, while he’s in daycare, I could be going to school.
The C-3 unit hopes the walk will increase resident participation at meetings. Springfield Police told 22News, community policing has help increase resident cooperation when it comes to reporting crimes.