Safety plans for MGM Springfield

The casino is set to open in 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As the opening date of MGM Springfield gets closer, the city is making plans for public safety when the casino opens.

Thursday night, Mayor Domenic Sarno and Police Commissioner John Barbieri met with the South End Citizens Council and the South End Business Association.

Sarno said more officers will be stationed throughout the South End starting in 2017, through the casino’s opening and operation. The casino is set to open in 2018.

He told 22News there’s going to be sector zone that will run from Union Station to Mill Street, to the Riverfront, and then back to sections going up to State Street

Back in March, Sarno and Barbieri announced the new 15-officer unit, called “E-3,” which will cover the entertainment district.

Thursday night, Sarno said new police cadets receive C-3 and de-escalation training for extremely dangerous situations.

He credits increased policing, with a 10% reduction in crime and 40% reduction in homicides.