Springfield police

WAMC

An effort is under way in Springfield, Massachusetts to portray police officers in a positive light. The initiative announced today is a counterpoint to months of recent protests over the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers.

The YMCA of Greater Springfield and the city’s police department are partnering in an initiative to highlight the service of several of the city’s cops who are volunteering for educational and athletic activities with children and teenagers.

An assault on a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier last month in Springfield, Massachusetts has brought a call for harsh punishment to deter future attacks.

   Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams urged federal authorities to prosecute two city teenagers who are currently facing state criminal charges for beating the mail carrier.

   " This case needs the full thrust of the federal government to prosecute these people," said Williams. " Lets send a message that we stand with our postal workers."

MGM Springfield

Millions of dollars from MGM Resorts will start flowing soon to Springfield and other western Massachusetts communities.  MGM is obligated to make the payments years before the $800 million casino it is building in downtown Springfield opens.

Now that MGM Resorts has been awarded a casino license by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission -- a formality that had been delayed for months by the ill-fated effort to repeal the casino law on Election Day — the company must honor development agreements with Springfield and surrounding communities.

WAMC

Twenty-two people have been charged in federal and state indictments with drug and firearm offenses in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.  Law enforcement officials say some dangerous people have been taken off the streets of a city that has seen a recent spike in deadly gun violence.

WAMC

A new police commissioner takes charge of law enforcement in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend.  Next to the mayor, it is the highest profile job in a city where public safety consistently ranks as a top issue.

WAMC

The incoming police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts last night made a highly anticipated public presentation of his crime-fighting plans.  It is a series of five strategic objects designed to make the police department more efficient and accountable.

WAMC

A 26-year veteran of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts has been picked to be the next police commissioner.  It is a high-profile post in a city where public safety has consistently ranked as the number one issue.

SPD

People interested in crime and police work have a unique opportunity starting next month to participate in a civilian police academy in Springfield, Massachusetts.  It is free 10-week, one-night-per-week class for city residents.   WAMC’s  Pioneer  Valley Bureau Chief   Paul Tuthill spoke with Kathleen Brown, the community liaison for the Springfield Police Department.

A debate rages in Springfield, Massachusetts over who should run the police department – a five-member part-time commission, or a single all-powerful police commissioner.  A showdown vote between the city council and the mayor looms next month.

SPD

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts and the city council appear to be on a collision course over control of the police department. Councilors are looking into putting a civilian board in charge of the police, while the mayor wants the department run by a law enforcement professional.

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