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New England News
Thu January 3, 2013
Holyoke Goes A Year Without A Murder For The First Time In Over 25 Years
There were no homicides in Holyoke Massachusetts in 2012. It is the first time the city has gone an entire calendar year without a murder in at least a quarter century. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and Police Chief James Neiswanger credit good police work, a crackdown on the drug trade, and the introduction of a mobile community policing unit as some of the reasons Holyoke has not had a homicide in more than 12 months. Morse said he wants the word to get out because public safety and economic development go hand in hand.
Holyoke had 4 homicides in 2011. Springfield had 12 homicides last year, the fewest in a decade.