SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield residents are happy to hear that the Massachusetts State Police may now help with keeping the city of Springfield safe.
Mayor Demonic Sarno wants to increase patrol in some of the high-crime neighborhoods like Lower Forest Park, Mason Square and in the downtown entertainment district.
Some people told 22News it's about time the State Police got involved.
"I would love to see the police force in action. It just makes me feel safer in Springfield, more comfortable walking around at night, or just in general being out," Austin Wilson of Springfield said.
The city recently received $100,000 to use toward public safety initiatives.
The money will go to the Community Action Team that will be led by the State Police.