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Springfield To Hold Night Out Events With Police At 11 Locations

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Many cities in the region will participate Tuesday in National Night Out, an annual event that seeks to improve relations between the police and the community.

With free food and entertainment at 11 locations National Night Out has become a  mid-summer institution in Springfield, Massachusetts where it has been held for more than 20 years.

Magda Rodriquez, the Springfield Police Department’s Community Liaison, said the police look forward to participating.

" You're going to see K-9 units and all of the police department there and actively engaging with the community," said Rodriquez.

One of the events scheduled is a “peace walk” through one of the city’s high crime neighborhoods.

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.