Officer of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno
MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO ANNOUNCES INCREASED DOWNTOWN POLICE DEPLOYMENT
June 19, 2013 –Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno is announcing a Downtown Police Deployments Strategy that will substantially enhance what is currently deployed and will be funded by the Springfield Parking Authority. Funding has been made available through cost savings efforts at the Authority and will amount to an average of $25,000 a month.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated: “Thanks to the Springfield Parking Authority and Chairwoman Attorney Mary E. McNally, we are going to be able to provide a substantial new police deployment strategy in our downtown area in addition to what we are already deploying daily.” Mayor Domenic J. Sarno went on to say; “Commissioner William Fitchet and the Springfield Police Department are providing an innovative strategy to keep our streets safe so that our business and entertainment venues can thrive.”
Mary McNally, Chairwomen of Springfield Parking Authority stated: “On behalf of the Springfield Parking Authority (SPA) Board of Directors, I am pleased that a portion of the annual savings we have realized from our recent refinancing can be used to fund these police deployments that will benefit all of Downtown as well as an increased presence in our facilities. The SPA Board will continue to discuss and implement strategies where possible, to advance the City’s economic development plans.
Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy commented on the initiative: “This partnership is a great step towards the Mayor’s goals of additional downtown security and to give people comfort while coming downtown to work, dine, or to be entertained.”
The new downtown deployment strategy will consist of a two prong approach to increase public safety in Authority facilities and the downtown area. The objectives of these deployments will be either for high visibility and saturation and/or crime suppression through strict enforcement. The number of deployments will vary weekly based upon issues such as: crime trends, unanticipated problems, special events and weather.
HIGH VISIBILTY DEPLOYMENTS
Walking Posts: The walking will be deployed on a daily basis during daytime and evening hours based upon the highest volume of activity.
Piaggio / Bicycle Post (Daytime & Evening): The use of bicycles and Piaggios for patrol has proven to be an effective bridge deployment strategy between walking patrols and cruiser patrols. Deployment will vary from times of the day and evening based upon the highest volume of activity.
Entertainment District Walking Post: This post is to disrupt criminal activity in the Entertainment District when there is the highest number of bar patrons and the highest incidence of crime. Currently, this funding will allow the Department to deploy one additional detail on either Friday or Saturday evenings.
HIGH ENFORCEMENT DEPLOYMENTS
Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS): Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) is a law enforcement operational model that integrates location-based crime and traffic crash data to determine the most effective methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources.
Anti-Prostitution Detail: This is an enforcement detail designed to disrupt prostitution and the associated criminal activity through undercover investigations and arrests. .
Liquor License Compliance Enforcement Detail: This is an enforcement detail designed to enforce the liquor laws and City Ordinances targeting the bars and restaurants.
Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet Stated: “The Assistance from the Springfield Parking Authority will enable the Police Department to deploy more patrols in the down-town metro area which will enhance security and promote the City’s business and entertainment venues.”