More Massachusetts State Troopers will be deployed to Springfield in response to an uptick in gun violence this summer.
After four separate shootings in Springfield in as many days, Mayor Domenic Sarno made a personal appeal Monday to the head of the Massachusetts State Police.
Sarno said troopers from the State Police Community Action Team will be deployed to help Springfield police in the city’s so-called hot spots. Sarno said the shootings were not random. He said the violence was drug or gang related, but he said it creates a perception that Springfield is an unsafe place to visit. $100,000 was included in a supplemental state budget earlier this month specifically for public safety initiatives in Springfield.