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The Safe Neighborhood Night Rally A Success and More...

The Safe Neighborhood Night bought out hundreds more than expected according to the coordinators of the event."Sgt. John M. Delaney, said organizers set up 500 chairs in the auditorium, and another 150 were quickly added as the crowd grew. Even with the additional seating, another 200 to 250 people stood in the back of the auditorium and along the side walls, bringing the estimated total to 850 to 900. " (Springfield Republican)

The event was to highlight the the concept and call to Springfield residents that "Crime Prevention: It's Everybody's Business". The Police Commissioner as well as Mayor Sarno, Hamden County Sheriff Michael Ashe, and Hampden County District Attorney William Bennett "each emphasized that local law enforcement cannot make the city safe all by themselves. It takes ongoing support and vigilance from the good people in a community to defeat those who would do bad, they said." 

One new way resdients could aide law enforcement in the City was the Text-A-Tip Hotline. "Bennett said the pervasive attitude 'no snitching' code on the street stymies law enforcement. No snitching, he said, suggests that whatever happens on the street is nobody’s business.  'We are in a battle - a battle of ideas,' he said. It’s my business, it’s your business, it’s everyone’s business.... “We are all in this together.”

"Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said the city’s problems come from what he called 'pockets of crime', due to gangs and drugs. Any efforts by law enforcement to combat crime will only be as effective as the level of support from the community, he said. 'I need your help. We cannot do this alone.' ” (Springfield Republican)








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