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Unique Policing Initiative Gets Funding Boost

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The Massachusetts State Legislature has approved funding for an anti-gang program in Springfield that has received national attention.

   An amendment to the  $34 billion dollar state budget approved earlier this week directs $200,000 to a unique  policing program in Springfield’s North End neighborhood.  It uses military counterinsurgency tactics to dismantle criminal gangs.  State Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera said the money will ensure the program continues and perhaps can expand to other high crime parts of the city.

   The program, known as “C3 Policing”, which began five years ago, is credited with reducing crime in the neighborhood by 68 percent.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.