The City of Springfield taking aggressive action to help combat crime downtown.
After a spike in violence outside bars and night clubs, most recently Moriarty’s Pub and Grill on Liberty Street, local business owners, Mayor Domenic Sarno and Police Commissioner John Barbieri have created a support group to help get ahead of a criminal activity.
It's called E3 policing and it is the sister program to the city's C3 community policing program.
The group, formed a few months ago, is still in its early stages, but Mayor Sarno told Western Mass News members meet every Tuesday.
They discuss how to create a better business atmosphere through dress code, promoter rules and regulations, and bouncer training.
Those who attend will also receive specific training on how to spot warning signs of someone who may show up looking for trouble, rather than having a good time.
Sarno said the primary focus of the group is to form a communication network that will allow bar and night club owners to alert police and warn their fellow businessmen and women about problem customers.
Keith Makarowski is the general manager of Theodore's Booze, Blues and BBQ on Worthington Street.
"I'm really glad that the mayor and the police chief are working with everyone as a whole,” said Makarowski.
He said although his business has not had any real problems, he feels the new group can help create a safer environment for both his employees and customers.
"I'm interested to see how they all put it together, how it's going to work and hopefully it's better for everyone in the long run," said Makarowski.
Sarno said the group is currently focused on the entertainment district, but if all goes well he’d like to see it expand to other parts of the city.
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