Saturday, April 9, 2016

One Year Without a Homicide in Holyoke



A full year has passed without a murder in the City of Holyoke. The last homicide took place on April 5th, 2015, and since then, not a single homicide has been committed. This is the second year this has happened in Holyoke with the last full year without a homicide being the year 2012. Prior to 2012 and 2015, there is no record of this happening in Holyoke. Under the leadership of Mayor Alex Morse and Chief Neiswanger, the push for a stop to violent crime has never been stronger.

Acting Chief Manny Febo of the Holyoke Police Department is very proud to announce this accomplishment for the city. “I would like to recognize the hard work of the men and women of the Holyoke Police Department, these officers make public safety their number one priority and their efforts have resulted in a historic reduction in violent crime. I would also like to thank the District Attorney Anthony Guilluni for all of the assistance his office provides the Holyoke Police Department.”
Much of Chief Febo’s announcement gives appreciation to the many agencies and actors that have helped to make this possible. “Also, I want to thank the Massachusetts State Police, the Gang Task Force, the Hampden County Narcotics Task Force, the FBI, all of the sheriffs including Sheriff Ashe, Eddie Casse, Rafael Santos, Glen Sexton, the VFAS, the ATF, and the DEA. I also give thanks to Holyoke City Council members for their support throughout the year. Finally, I would like to thank Mayor Alex Morse and his staff for always supporting our efforts.”

Mayor Alex Morse is very pleased with the city’s achievement and the reduction in violent crime rates. “I would like to thank Chief Neiswanger, Acting Chief Febo, and the police department for all of your hard work and dedication to the city. The men and women of the Holyoke Police Department strive every day to make the neighborhoods we live in safer for all of our citizens. I applaud the department’s increased community policing efforts, and we will continue to pursue effective strategies and see great milestones such as this as we keep moving forward.”

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