A supplemental budget passed by the Massachusetts Senate last week includes 100-thousand-dollars for increased patrols by the State Police in Springfield. The move comes after a rash of violence in Springfield over the last several weeks, including murders, shootings and other violent incidents. Senator James Welch of West Springfield filed the amendment to the bill, providing the funds. He says despite the recent incidents, there has been some success by State Troopers already working in Springfield. Welch says the funds are important to allow programs such as the Community Action Team and so-called “C-3 Policing to continue.
“Investing a bit more money and having some additional State Police patrols, in terms of complimenting what’s already going on in Springfield, with the local police department and the State Police department, I thought that it would be money well spent because we we’ve already started to see some positive effects, especially in the North End.”