Community Policing

The Springfield Police Department strategies are community-based, problem-oriented, and data driven. They are designed to reduce the levels of crime, disorder, and fear in our city.

Community-based means this police department will focus on neighborhoods as the basic building block of its organizational structure and its policing strategy. Many of the neighborhoods of Springfield face some similar issues but also issues unique to each one. The control of crime, disorder, and fear is a priority everywhere in the city. Neighborhoods may order their priorities differently, and the police department must be responsive their concerns. A neighborhood focus which emphasizes geographic accountability is necessary at every rank.

Problem-oriented policing requires that the police department to act assertively in taking steps to prevent crime and proactively manage conditions that breed disorder and that create a climate of fear.

Proactive prevention necessitates tactics that go beyond  rapid response to calls for service, routine patrol and post-incident criminal investigations. Proactive prevention requires the use of problem-solving. This means scanning the environment for spikes and trends of activity, the careful analysis of crime and calls-for-service data, the development of responses to the identified problems, and an assessment of the effectiveness of these responses.

Problem-orientation recognizes the need to look beyond an incident to examine the underlying conditions that breed disorder and crime in specific places and the development of robust plans of action to address those conditions. Successful problem-solving requires that close coordination of department division and units. Just as important as internal coordination, is collaboration with other criminal justice, social service, and governmental agencies as well as non-governmental service providers and neighborhood groups.

Data-driven strategies require the department to develop and enhance its ability to analyze crime, disorder and fear indicators, to provide that analysis to operational units and to measure the impart of the activities of those units.

It starts with careful and accurate report writing and review. It demands a system of accountability. Accountability must extend from Officer to Sergeant to Lieutenant to Captain through Deputy Chiefs to the Commissioner. Crime mapping and call analysis will continue to be the basis for weekly command meetings that will focus the attention of all department units on conditions in each neighborhood. The elements of the "comp-stat" process will drive our discussions: accurate and timely intelligence, rapid deployment, effective tactics, and relentless follow-up and assessment.

We will take ownership of the crime, disorder and fear conditions in each neighborhood and work together to ensure our success. True accountability cannot take place without clear chains of command, cross sector communication, and sharing of information and assets. Each sector's success or failure belongs to the entire department. No one sector can succeed alone.

Know Your Sector

Springfield policing is organized by Districts and Sectors, with a Commanding Officer for each of the three districts. 

Refer to the SPD Community Calendar  for meeting dates and locations.

Refer to the Good Neighbor Handbook for additional information, including the contact names for each sector.

Deputy Chief Rupert Daniel is the Commanding Officer of the North District:

Sector A: Brightwood, Memorial Square (North End)
Sector B: Liberty Heights, Hungry Hill, Atwater, and Lower Liberty.
Sector C: East Springfield
Sector D: Indian Orchard
Sector G: Pine Point and Boston Rd.

Deputy Chief William Cochrane is the Commanding Officer of the Central District:

Sector E: South End, Maple High, Six Corners, Downtown

Sector F: McKnight, Bay, Old Hill, Upper Hill

Deputy Chief Steven Kent is the Commanding Officer of the South District:

Sector H: Forest Park, East Forest Park

Sector I: Sixteen Acres, Outer Belt

Select (click on) the map at left to get a larger view and find out what sector you are in. 

Find out how to become involved in your community.

For help and information on City Ordinances, you can find help in the Good Neighbor Handbook or on the City's Ordinances section.  Please note the Good Neighbor Handbook includes a brief overview of City Ordinances.

Contact your Springfield City Councilor for more information on your sector.

Page last updated:  Wednesday, September 8, 2021 10:03 am