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Springfield neighborhood discusses crime with police

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

A Springfield neighborhood is rallying together to discuss crime in their part of the city and talks aren't completely negative.

East Forest Park residents said although they would like to see crime completely stopped, they are still impressed by the police departments efforts to get them there.

It was a full house Wednesday night at the Holy Cross Church as East Forest Park residents gather to discuss where the police department and residents stand with battling crime.

"We need to make sure we have a safe city. That's the biggest goal," said resident, Bruce Adams.

Those in attendance at the meeting said recent felonies have had them worried about crime creeping into their neighborhood.

"I am concerned that the senior citizens are fearful in their homes after the burglaries and care about break-ins," said resident, Frank Ryan.

Springfield police said they're taking every measure possible to lower that fear some residents have.
  
"We have detective units, plain closed units, specialized units, directive patrols and overtime to keep the citizens safe," said Lt. Brian Keenan.

The Springfield Police Department created the BADGE Unit, which is specifically designed to cover the East Forest Park neighborhood, and residents said they've seen a change.

"I'm very satisfied at this time with their response and we're very lucky that they've taken a strong interest," said Ryan. 

Crime in the neighborhood is down six percent from last year.

"The police department does an amazing job and you saw the response they got here tonight," said Adams. 

But residents said they'd like to see the efforts of the department grow stronger in order to stop their neighbors from becoming victims.

"We need to higher more police officers. A safe city is the most important thing. Without safety there's not going to be any economic development. There's not going to be any growth in building our city. I think we need to give them any possible tools to help the police officers," explained Adams.

Springfield police said it's all about the partnership between residents and the department that will make things safer.

They ask the public to call anytime they see anything suspicious.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may text a tip via a cell phone by addressing a text message to "CRIMES" or "274637" and then beginning the body of the message with the word "SOLVE."

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