Springfield Police hold summit with residents to discuss issues

Police said gangs and other disturbances have become a problem

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies were in the Forest Park neighborhood, Thursday night, to address continuing issues on two streets with area landlords.

“Bullets don’t have no name on them, so they come out here and something happens, I don’t want my kids to get caught in the cross fires, so it’s just best to keep them in,” said James Williams of Springfield.

Residents told 22News police presence is nothing new, and after numerous calls reporting crime on Euclid Avenue and Dickinson Street, Springfield Police scheduled a meeting with landlords.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney said, “We were there to meet the landlords, and when we got there, and we had that amount of police walking through the neighborhood, all the tenants came out. It was a nice day, so when they came out, you know what? We just had a summit right in the middle of the street, and we talked about the problems in the neighborhood.”

Residents said they’re hopeful the discussion can do some good for the neighborhood. Williams said, “If they can get to the people who own these buildings, you know what I’m saying, to make sure that everybody in their buildings is safe, I think it’s a good thing.”

Sgt. Delaney said officers from his department, along with the fire department and state police teamed up for the meeting.