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Committee Finds Communications Breakdowns Between Springfield Police, Community

     After 10 months of fact-finding, an ad hoc committee finds residents in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to be largely satisfied with the police department.

     The Springfield City Council Police-Community Relations Committee’s report points to areas of concern about communication between the department and residents.   

    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with committee member Matthew Forte, who prepared the summary report.

  City Council President Orlando Ramos is expected to ask the 15-member committee to continue its work in 2018.

  Mayor Domenic Sarno issued a statement thanking the committee for its report.  Sarno, who did not assign a representative to the committee, did not comment on whether he would implement any of the recommendations.

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.
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