Community Safety and Outreach Unit

Goal of the Community Safety and Outreach Unit

The goal of the Community Safety and Outreach Unit is to create a safer environment for all citizens in Hampden County by establishing various educational and prevention programs, often in collaboration with community partners.

Programs

Stop the Swerve

Addresses the dangers of impaired and distracted driving, and includes:

  • A 19-minute documentary that tells the story of two local tragedies that were a result of driving under the influence.
  • An Assistant District Attorney who specializes in vehicular homicide cases.

Target Audience: Students of driving age

Just Once

A presentation that addresses the dangers of experimenting with drugs and the risk of taking prescription medications, that includes:

  • A 24-minute documentary that tells the story of drug addiction and recovery through former students that attended local high schools, their parents, and experts in the
  • A guest speaker who shares their personal story of their battle with addiction.

Target Audience: Grades 8-12

1 in 11: Preventing Dating Violence

A presentation that addresses the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, that includes:

  • A 30-minute documentary created in memory of Kathryn Mauke, a Springfield teen who was tragically killed by her ex-boyfriend in 2015.
  • Prosecutors and Advocates assigned to the District Attorney’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Unit discuss the issue of dating violence and will present resources available in our area.

Target Audience: High school and college aged youth

Navigating Social Media

A presentation that includes a 24-minute documentary that sheds light on the challenges and obstacles associated with social media use from the perspective of local middle school students. The documentary includes advice from youth and highlights the consequences of engaging in certain behaviors online.

Target Audience (Adult version): Adults who would like to understand the challenges and obstacles associated with social media use at the middle school level

Target Audience (Student version): Grades 6-8

Internet Safety Presentation

A presentation that addresses the following topics:

  • School
  • Sharing inappropriate
  • The consequences of engaging in certain behaviors online.

Target Audience: Grades 9-12

Social Media Applications: Safe & Risky Use

A presentation that includes:

  • An overview of the popular social media applications used by youth.
  • Safe and risky use of those
  • How predators can present themselves
  • How parents can manage/monitor social media activity and encourage safe use.

The District Attorney’s Youth Advisory Board will serve as panelists, answering questions and offering their experience and perspective

Target Audience: Adults who are interested in encouraging safe social media use amongst high school aged children

NetSmartz

An interactive presentation that consists of internet and real-world safety concepts. In groups of 3-5, the District Attorney’s Youth Advisory Board collectively presents NetSmartz, while encouraging students to participate through helpful hints and discussion questions.

Target Audience: Grades 2 and 3

Social Media & Gaming Safety

An interactive presentation that highlights important safety rules when connecting on social media and playing games online. In groups of 3-5, the District Attorney’s Youth Advisory board facilitates this presentation and encourages students to participate through helpful hints and discussion questions.

Target Audience: Grades 4 and 5

Youth Advisory Board

Consists of student representatives from high schools across Hampden County who identify issues facing youth today and provide recommendations on how best to address them. Their work throughout the year culminates in a conference hosted by the District Attorney, which gives students a platform to present their projects and provide their recommendations to representatives from school, law enforcement, and community groups.

To learn more or schedule any of the programs above, contact Gina.Anselmo@mass.gov

Court Tours

During Court Tours, students spend half a day touring the Hampden County Hall of Justice as invited guests of the District Attorney. Tours are meant to expose students to the various job opportunities within the Criminal Justice System. Victim witness advocates, judges, court officers, and/or other court personnel (if available) speak with students regarding their careers in the criminal justice system.

Program welcomes students in grades 6-12

Adopt a Class

Each year the Hampden District Attorney’s Office adopts an 8th grade class from three selected schools. The program includes:

  • An initial visit from DA Gulluni in which he addresses the entire class.
  • A return visit to discuss civics and gain more knowledge on the Bill of Rights, supporting what the students are currently learning in their social studies
  • A final visit to guide students through an interactive trial

The program concludes with selected classes spending half a day touring the Hampden County Hall of Justice as invited guests of the District Attorney

Program geared toward 8th grade students

Hoop Up Springfield

An annual event at American International College’s Butova Gymnasium for youth ages 11-18. Youth can get a summer job, tour the AIC Sports Complex, participate in skills n’ drills, and compete in the 3×3 basketball tournament.

Future Lawyers of Springfield (FLOS)

The purpose of FLOS to identify young students who aspire to be lawyers.  With our partner, Western New England University School of Law, we will guide members through college, law school, and into a successful career in the legal system. FLOS’s mission is to foster direct and sustained mentorship while providing opportunities to explore the judicial system and the practice of law in Western Massachusetts.

To learn more, contact Zeno.Temple@mass.gov

The Hampden County Addiction Taskforce (HCAT)

A collaboration of community resources, law enforcement (local and state), health care institutions, service providers, schools and community coalitions, individuals, and families whose goal is to focus on a county wide approach to address drug addiction, overdose, and prevention.

To learn more or join the HCAT mailing list, contact Tony.Simmons@mass.gov

Gunman opens fire on unsuspecting family, kills himself after carnage

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August 15, 2023 -Springfield- On Monday, August 14 at 2:40 p.m., Springfield Police Officers responded to 174 Berkshire Avenue for a report of shots fired. Officers arrived on scene and made entry into the first floor apartment. They immediately observed an adult male, later identified as Victor Nieves, 34, of Springfield, deceased on the floor. Officers also […]

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Victim in Springfield homicide on Hancock Street identified

August 11, 2023 -Springfield- The victim in Sunday’s, August 6, 2023, homicide on Hancock Street has been identified as Mr. Emmanuel Hernandez-Garcia, 29, of Springfield. At 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 6th, 2023, Springfield Police Officers responded to the intersection of Hancock and Union Streets for a reported gunshot victim. When officers arrived they located Mr. […]

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One suspect under arrest in Chicopee homicide; victim identified

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August 11, 2023 -Chicopee-  The victim in the homicide from Sunday, August 6, 2023 has been identified as Mr. Maurice Crump, 24, of Springfield. On August 6, 2023 the Chicopee Police Department responded to the 90 block of West Street at 3:00 p.m. for a reported stabbing. On scene, officers discovered a male victim suffering from […]

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Massachusetts National Guard Counterdrug Program provides hand held drug analyzer to Hampden District Attorney’s Office

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August 3, 2023 -Springfield-  Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni and Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, Major General Gary W. Keefe, have announced the donation of TruNarc, a hand held drug analyzer, to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office. Hampden District Attorney Gulluni stated, “The TruNarc device will allow members of my narcotics taskforce to field test suspected narcotics on site. […]

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Adrian Perez held without the right to bail in Union Street double homicide

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June 13, 2023 -Springfield- Adrian Perez, 19, of Springfield has been charged and arraigned in connection with a double homicide o Union Street in Springfield. He was arraigned in Springfield District Court and is currently held without the right to bail. His next scheduled court date is on July 14, 2023. The victims in theJune 7, 2023 […]

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Hector Heredia-Alamo sentenced to 13-15 years in prison after being found guilty of rape of a child

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June 12, 2023 -Springfield- On June 1, 2023 Hector Heredia-Alamo was sentenced by a Superior Court Judge to 13-15 years in state prison on charges of:  rape of a child, and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 (two counts). The sentencing came after a Hampden Superior Court Jury found him guilty on […]

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Local non-profits receive $62,000 from District Attorney’s Drug Forfeiture Community Support Grant Program

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June 7, 2023 -Chicopee- In an award event at the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club, Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni presented eight local non-profits with community support grants totaling $62,000. Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni, stated: “We are delighted and proud to provide funding to very worthy organizations doing important work to help […]

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Four men sentenced to life in prison for the 2019 murder of Gabriel Irizarry

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Keith Cotto Luis Cotto Isaiah Fraticelli Victor Espinosa May 24, 2023 -Springfield- Luis Cotto, Keith Cotto, Isaiah Fraticelli, all of Springfield, and Victor Espinosa, of Chicopee, were sentenced to life in prison today after a Hampden County Jury convicted them of murder in the first degree on May 19, 2023. All four defendants were also […]

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James Carmenatty arrested in connection with Holyoke homicide

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May 24, 2023 -Holyoke- James Carmenatty, 34, of Holyoke has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Jasell Camacho. He was arrested, taken into custody, and transported to the Holyoke Police Department on May 19, 2023. He was arraigned in Holyoke District Court the same day and is currently held without the […]

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Mihail Lujan sentenced to 10-12 years in prison for rape on elderly nursing home patient

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April 27, 2023 -Springfield- After a trial before a Hampden County Superior Court judge, on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 Mihail Lujan, 37, of West Springfield, was sentenced to 10-12 years in state prison for a 2013 sexual assault at a nursing home in West Springfield. It is expected that the defendant will be detained by […]

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