CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Chicopee Police Department recently opened a new C-3 substation and the goal of the new addition is to help lower crime in downtown Chicopee.
In an effort to be closer to the people they serve, Chicopee police have opened a new C-3 substation in the downtown area. Beginning this past Monday, Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News officers will now be working out of the building located on 35 Center Street from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wilk added officers will be there as needed outside of those hours. He also said the department will have a specific cruiser and walking patrol in the downtown area at all times.
Local businesses told 22News they feel grateful and protected that police are now part of the business community in Chicopee.
Victor Narvaez said, “We’ve developed a nice relationship with them throughout the years. I know there’s been an increase in crime in downtown Chicopee. Having the police visible can create a sense of safety for the community and our residents here.”
In the past year or so, there have been a number of problems downtown including a homicide, several shootings and assaults, and a brawl involving at least 300 teens. One downtown resident said she hopes to see a decrease in crime.
“I love the idea that there will be more police in our area, it’s very good, very beneficial,” said Mariya Shumsaiy.