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|July 21, 2010
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SUPERIOR AND JUVENILE COURT PROBATION OFFICERS
LAUNCH SUMMER SUPERVISION EFFORT IN SPRINGFIELD 'HOT SPOTS'
A group of Hampden Superior
and Juvenile Court Probation Officers are
participating in weekly walks in neighborhoods
identified by local police as "hot
spots." The walks are part of a community
supervision effort to curb violence this
Probation Officers recently
strolled through the North End and Forest
Park neighborhoods of Springfield, areas
that have experienced an uptick in gang-related
"There have been numerous
shootings in the area and it is our intention
to maintain a presence in areas considered ‘hotspots.'
We want residents to know that we will
be in the neighborhoods on a regular basis," said
Hampden Superior Court Acting Chief Probation
Officer Steven Ashe. "It is our goal
to offset any violence and problematic
behavior among offenders."
Juvenile Court Acting Chief
Probation Officer Danny Baez said the weekly
neighborhood strolls, which also include
home visits, have two major benefits.
"I perceive two outcomes.
It allows two separate Probation Departments,
Superior and Juvenile, to work together
and share information as well as allow
the community to reconnect with Probation," Baez
said. "Community residents see us
in a different light when we are walking
around the neighborhood. They talk to us
and we talk to them. We gain invaluable
insight into the lives of the residents
and those we supervise on probation."
As part of the neighborhood
walks, Ashe was joined by Orlando Zayas,
Acting First Chief Probation Officer; Lorna
Simmons, Assistant Chief Probation Officer;
Lorraine Samuelson-Sigall, Assistant Chief
Probation Officer; as well as Probation
Carla Tucker-Kinard, Michelle Rogers, and Rosa Maldonado-Brown. Juvenile
Probation Officers participating in the neighborhood strolls included
Darlene Elias, Jill Cocchi, and Shane Blatch.
Springfield Police Sergeant
John Delaney described the partnership
with Probation as "unprecedented."
do a tremendous amount of work. They go
out into the community every week to serve
warrants. It makes our job a lot easier.
We work hand in hand. Each time that we
go out with Probation Officers, we as police
officers are gaining knowledge every time.
We learn who should be in the community,
at a residence and who should not. We couldn’t
get a lot of this stuff done if it weren’t
for probation," said Delaney, who
also serves as executive aid to Springfield
Police Commissioner William J. Fitchet.