SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield city leaders are working to create and improve public safety plans for the city’s South End for when MGM Springfield opens.
The Springfield Mayor and Police Commissioner met with the South End Citizens Council and the South End Business Association Thursday night. Mayor Domenic Sarno said new police cadets receive C-3 and de-escalation training for extremely dangerous situations.
He also said more officers will be stationed throughout the South End starting in 2017, through the casino’s opening and operation; “A sector zone that’s going to run all the way down from Union Station to Mill Street, to the Riverfront, to sections going up to State Street.”
Mayor Sarno credits increased policing with a 10% reduction in crime, and a 40% reduction in homicides.