SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced this weekend he wants to bring in state police to help patrol high-crime areas.
The 22News I-Team followed-up with the Mayor to see if and when it will happen.
Mayor Sarno says he's already had conversations with Col. Timothy Alben and many state police are already on the streets. "They've already started patrols."
Sarno says he isn't wasting any time when it comes to protecting Springfield. He says the city has a deal with state police to work with Springfield officers in high crime areas.
"Patrols will continue working to supplement, working with our police department and Commissioner Fitchet, and really to help the street sergeants and captains. Patrols are to be there to help fortify hotspot areas in the city of Springfield," said Mayor Sarno.
On Monday, the Mayor formally requested help after a week of violence. He asked for additional police in Lower Forest Park, Mason Square and the Downtown District. "We need more police in this area," said the Mayor.
Residents in these communities say they've noticed the uptick in crime.
Col. Alben with the state police responded to the request saying, "With the support of the Springfield legislative delegation, the Massachusetts State Police Troop B CAT Team will continue to partner with the Springfield police in furthering the department's crime reduction strategy of utilizing high-visibility patrols and community policing activities in targeted areas of the city."
Springfield's Maria Colon lives in Forest Park and looks forward to an increased police presence. "To tell you the truth it's worth it because we've been through a lot of shootouts up there so we kind of need it."
Springfield police will also have more police on the streets in September. It will have 22 recruits coming out of the police academy at that time.