To combat crime a number of police departments across the county are using a counterinsurgency strategy similar to what US troops used in Iraq. The tactics are different, but the idea is to build community support and trust and take away the safe havens for the gangs and drug dealers. Springfield Massachusetts is one city that has seen success with the strategy. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A new law in Albany County is aimed at making it harder for thieves to sell stolen merchandise. The law, approved last night by the county legislature, will place new mandates on pawn shops and jewelers in Albany County. Also, sellers must be at least 18 year old. County lawmaker, Democrat Gary Domalewicz , is the lead sponsor of the legislation. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.
An inner city neighborhood once lost to blight and crime has undergone a transformation that officials believe could serve as a model for the entire country. The neighborhood revitalization in Springfield Massachusetts required substantial public financing, without which officials insist it could not have happened. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Several top law enforcement officials in Western Massachusetts met Monday to explore new strategies for crime prevention. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…
At a conference in Springfield, the retired police chief of High Point North Carolina, James Fealy said his department implemented a strategy of strong community partnerships and focused deterrence to shut down open air drug markets. The result, violent crime over the last decade is down 47 percent in High Point.
Law enforcement officials and community leaders from the greater Springfield Massachusetts area met Monday to consider ways to deter crime. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni believes a policing model that employs strong community partnerships and focused deterrence can be a successful strategy to reduce violence in high crime areas of Springfield and Holyoke.
A series of proposals aimed at cracking down on crime are pending before the city council in western Massachusetts' largest city. Several of the public safety initiatives proposed in Springfield are intended to reduce illegal guns, and are being considered in the aftermath of recent horrific gun violence. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Law enforcement is slowly embracing social media as a crime fighting tool. The latest example was announced Monday in Northampton Massachusetts, as we hear from WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.
The Northwestern District Attorney, David Sullivan announced the launch of a text-a-tip program designed to help police solve crimes in the 47 cities and towns in Hampshire and Franklin counties.