Violent crime has increased nationally, according to the latest FBI report. But the largest city in western Massachusetts is bucking the trend.
Violent crime in Springfield decreased by 4.16 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to FBI data reported by the police department.
Overall crime decreased by 2.4 percent.
Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri said the underlying reason there is less crime in the city is community collaboration.
"We do exhaustive outreach to our communities with our beat management meetings," Barbieri explained in an earlier interview. " We meet in every sector at least once a month, do reverse 911 call-outs in English and Spanish to invite people to attend and then we talk about every crime that has occurred in that neighborhood."
After he became commissioner in 2014 Barbieri reorganized the department to put more officers in uniform on patrol.