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Sarno, Fitchet to take part in public safety forum on Jan. 8

Date: 1/4/2010

Jan. 4, 2010

SPRINGFIELD -- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Police Commissioner William J. Fitchet have agreed to participate in an open forum on public safety, sponsored by the McKnight Neighborhood Youth Council. The forum is scheduled for Jan. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rebecca Johnson School auditorium, 55 Catherine St.

The Youth Council, with the full support and backing of the McKnight Neighborhood Council Inc., is responsible for organizing this major event in bringing greater citizen participation to the important issue of the common need for safety on the streets, in schools and playgrounds and in homes.

City residents are invited to bring their concerns and positive, pro-active ideas to the forum. Panelists will be taking questions from the audience about what residents feel are the major problems that contribute to crime and violence in the city and what they want their city government and police department to do about it.

All of the newly elected and re-elected Springfield City Councilors have been invited, as have representatives of Mason Square community and youth organizations, businesses and churches.

The forum is open to all residents of Springfield, although the main focus will be McKnight and the neighborhoods surrounding Mason Square.

Also included on the panel are Officer Reggie Miller and Kathleen N. Brown of Springfield Community Policing, Sgt. James Brown of the Neighborhood Watch, representatives of the Hampden County Sheriff's Department and Walter Kroll of the McKnight Neighborhood Council Public Safety Committee.

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