A celebration Tuesday recognizing the success of the Springfield Police C3 program in Mason Square.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood saluted the patrol officers who’ve been working actively these past four years with the people who live in the city’s Mason Square neighborhood.
City Councilor Tracye Whitfield told 22News, she’s seen the positive results of C3 policing first hand, “I know that crime is down about forty percent in the Mason Square area. We go out with the community, walks, and give information to constituents of the community.”
Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood has been following the C3 program right from the start.
“I was involved in picking the personnel what areas they were going to have it in. I feel so proud of these guys, their enthusiasm doesn’t stop,” said Clapprood.
Enthusiasm for Mason Square’s C3 Unit also came directly from Mason Square’s residents and neighbors.
Resident Eddie Leverett told 22News, “I think this is one of the best programs they actually have going. And the C3 program is outstanding.”
At the moment, Mason Square is one of three Springfield neighborhoods with an active and successful C3 unit. The other success stories are in the North End and Forest Park.