BOSTON (WWLP) - A boost in funding for a police program designed to combat street violence in Springfield.
Springfield state Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera successfully led a push for $200,000 dollars in funding for Springfield's C3 police program in the state budget.
C3 Policing stands for " counter criminal continuum" policing. It's a method of law enforcement that targets gangs and drug dealers in high crime neighborhoods.
It relies on community involvement to detect, deter and break up street crime. The program has had success in reducing crime in Springfield's North End.
With extra funding, state lawmakers hope to expand the program.
Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera said, "Residents are crying for this initiative to be implemented in some form. This money allocated to the state police will allow them to go to different areas of the city and continue the initiative with the residents and business owners in those areas of the city."
West Springfield Senator James Welch was also able to secure $100,000 dollars in a mid-year spending bill to improve police presence in Springfield this summer.