Press Release, Contact: Jim Leydon, Communications Director
Innovative C-3 Policing Initiative Set to Begin
Who: Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Police Commissioner John Barbieri, Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe, Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, Massachusetts State Police, Neighborhood Representatives and Local Members of the Clergy
What: Launch of C-3 Policing Initiative
When: Monday, March 23, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: St. John’s Congregational Church, 643 Union Street, Springfield, MA 01109
The C-3 Policing initiative, part of Police Commissioner John Barbieri’s five strategic priorities, will be formally rolled out on Monday, March 23. The Springfield and Massachusetts State Police C-3 teams will work collaboratively and gather criminal intelligence through interagency, community, and business cooperation in order to detect, disrupt, degrade and dismantle criminal activity. The Initiative looks to the citizens to participate in community meetings and start “Crime watches” in their neighborhoods.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated; “I applaud Police Commissioner John Barbieri for implementing this innovation approach that not only attacks the root causes of crime but is designed to engage the community at a grass roots level and bring an umbrella of agencies, residents and families to the table and be part of the solution”.
The Springfield Police Department conducted a rigorous application and interview process of personnel selection for assignment to the C3 Unit. The Supervisors and patrol officers selected are enthusiastic, motivated and dedicated to working with the community and our partners towards safer communities and improved resident/police relationships.
Four geographical areas throughout the city of Springfield will have an assigned supervising sergeant and five officers who will work in different day off groups on the 4:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. shift. In addition to the 4 supervisors and 20 officers assigned to the evening shift C3 unit, the initiative will be supported by the Uniformed Division supervisors and patrol officers regularly assigned to the selected areas on all shifts. The C3 unit is part of the Community Action Division, which is comprised of units that will also support the C3 Units, they are: Street Crimes Unit, Traffic Unit, Ordinance Unit, K-9 Unit and a civilian Community liaison.
The Massachusetts State Police have been great partners and will continue to collaborate with the Springfield Police Department. They assisted with the expansion of the C3 model by providing troopers with C3 expertise for six weeks of intense training for all assigned personnel. Additionally the Sheriff’s Department will continue their work on the initiative, which includes the assignment of officers who will attempt to spread the information and encourage participation in community meetings.
Captain Cheryl Clapprood will serve as Commanding Officer of the C-3 Policing Initiative along with four sergeants: North End, Sgt. Julio Toledo, South End, Sgt. Brian Beliveau, Forest Park, Sgt. Reggie Miller and Mason Square, Sgt. Devon Williams.
The goals of C-3 Policing: create safe and secure environment, promote and foster community relationships through partnership with; local and state police, community leaders and local organizations to reduce gang activity and violence and establish positive and effective youth/parental programs.