"We know who you are and we're coming for you," stated Springfield City Councilman Bud L. Williams on Monday. City officials announced they had been awarded a $1 million Byrne grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The money is used for extra enforcement, but it is also for a program to combat future crime by using job training, education, healthcare and food assistance.
The efforts are going to be concentrated in the south end of Springfield in the Hollywood district.
Massachusetts State Police were awarded some of the money which was earmarked for training and advising Springfield police. The Hampden County Sheriff's Department also received some of the money.
The program was in addition to the street crime unit that was being deployed in the north end of the city.
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