Mayor Promises More Patrols For Safer Neighborhood

Springfield  officials and the police department are working to assure residents of  the city's Forest Park neighborhood that they are safe in the wake of a  recent crime wave.  

Concerns have been voiced about two firearm-involved  homicides in the neighborhood in the last two months and several other  shootings, plus other criminal activity, especially in the area of Fort  Pleasant Avenue.  

Among the solutions that were touted at a meeting on  Tuesday: increased surveillance and better community policing.

The Mayor says he needs help from the court system which allows criminals back on the streets with low or non existent bails.


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