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Springfield Police Department

Crime Tool: Text-A-Tip

The SPD looks to residents to help support them in solving and resolving crime issues. "Local police departments need your help solving crimes. Now you can help them by doing something many people do anyway: texting.

Texting has become the number one form of communication for teens, adults and even some elderly. Whether it's simply to say 'hi,' or to set up appointments, texting is a fast way to send and receive information. Now, area police want you to text them.

"Texting has taken over the country, and we think we can appeal the people to help us, " said Springfield Police Commissioner.

The Text-A-Tip initiative will help police in Springfield and across Hampden County get the leads they need to crack cases and hopefully end gang violence.

Here's how it works. If you have information police should know, text the word CRIMES. After that, type the world SOLVE and then type the information. Lastly, press send.

"The person will be anonymous. That's because the text goes to Canada, then back to the Sheriff's office in Hampden County, and then local agencies will take the information, " the Commissioner explained.

Text a tip is already being used in police departments in Pittsfield, Boston and Cambridge. They've seen tremendous results. Police in Hampden County hope they'll see the same." (Story by Liz Tufts, CBS3 News, Springfield, MA)

Mission Statement
"To provide public safety and to contribute to the quality of life for the citizens of the City of Springfield by protecting, serving and working with the community to develop philosophies which promote equity and establish partnership between citizens and police to enhance law enforcement, aid in the prevention of crime, and preserve the public peace."








Text-a-Tip:Video


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Community Policing

Click on the map above to find out what policing district you are in.

City policing is organized by sectors. They are labelled A-I and are grouped under Deputy Chiefs John Barbieri, William Cochrane, and Robert McFarlin.

Sectors A-D and G cover  Memorial Square, Liberty Heights, East Springfield, Indian Orchard, Pine Point and Boston Road.

Sectors E & F cover Metro Center, McKnight, Bay, Upper Hill, Old Hill, Six Corners and the South End.

Sectors H & I cover Forest Park, East Forest Park and Sixteen Acres. and the Outer Belt.

Learn more about Geographic Policing

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Page last updated:  Friday, July 11, 2014 04:30 am