GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State Police have taken over patrols in Greenfield during the overnight hours.
According to the State Police Union, troopers are covering the city between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. A State Police Command Center has been set up outside the Greenfield Police for when the department is not staffed.
“The city of Greenfield is covered 20 out of the 24 hours, 7 days a week, by the Greenfield police and this is temporary situation,” Greenfield Mayor Roxann Wedegartner told 22News.
“While calls from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. aren’t as common, they do happen every single day and Greenfield Police Lieutenant Dodge told 22News that they’re the type of cases where police presence are needed as soon as possible.
“The calls that tend to come in are ones that require quick and immediate attention. These are medical concerns, breaking and entering kind of stuff, domestics occurring at those hours and the way we see it, whenever we can get additional police resources, it’s only a help to the community, so they’re definitely helping Greenfield a great deal by being here, said Lt. Dodge.
Greenfield Police had proposed cuts to patrols to accommodate budget cuts passed by the City Council last year. It’s unclear how long troopers will be covering Greenfield, however state police said they will support the city until the issue is resolved.