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

Victim of Fatal Westfield Fire Identified

Victim of Fatal Westfield Fire Identified

December 26, 2015 -Springfield, Mass- Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Westfield Fire Chief Mary Reagan, and Westfield Police Chief John Camerota today released the identity of the victim from the December 23, 2015 fire at 64 Mill Street, Westfield. The fire was caused by a portable space heater […]

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Hampden District Attorney’s Office Adopts 64 Kids for Christmas

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December 15, 2015 -Springfield, MA-  Members of Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni’s Office are playing Santa Claus this holiday season by providing gifts for sixty-four needy children. In partnership with Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), members of the DA’s office adopt the children and shop for gifts that will […]

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Wilbraham Police Department Thanks the Public in Apprehention of Bank Robbery Suspect

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December 12, 2015 -Wilbraham, MA- The Wilbraham Police Department would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in providing information that has led to the arrest of a suspect in yesterday’s bank robbery. The robbery occurred at the Polish National Credit Union at 2002 Boston Road in Wilbraham. Arrested was Frank […]

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Wilbraham Police Department Seeks Publics’ Assistance

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December 11, 2015 -Wilbraham, Mass- The Wilbraham Police Department along with the Massachusetts State Police assigned to Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying the man authorities believe to be responsible for robbing the Polish National Credit Union at 2002 Boston Road Wilbraham. If anyone recognizes this individual please […]

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Driver who Hit Three Children in Crosswalk Found Guilty of Operating Under the Influence

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December 8, 2015 -Springfield, Mass- Hampden Superior Court Judge Richard J. Carey found Pedro Gonzalez, 59, of Springfield guilty on three felony counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing serious injury, Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated. Gonzalez was arrested November 3, 2014 after injuring three teens in a cross walk at […]

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National Guard Counterdrug Program Comes to Hampden County

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December 4, 2015 -Springfield, Mass- Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni and Massachusetts National Guard Major General L. Scott Rice announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding that will bring the National Guard’s Counterdrug Program to Hampden County. The program will allow the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts State Police in Hampden […]

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Investigation Into Overnight Homicide in West Springfield

Investigation Into Overnight Homicide in West Springfield

November 28, 2015 -Springfield, Mass- The West Springfield Police Department was called to the scene of an overnight stabbing on Chester Street in West Springfield. Upon arrival the West Springfield Police Department contacted the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s Office.  Also on scene was an assigned Assistant District […]

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Spike in Overdose Emergencies Reported

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November 14, 2015 –Springfield, Mass- Based on a spike in the last 72 hours of suspected opiate-related medical emergencies, Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni, in conjunction with Northwest District Attorney David E. Sullivan and Baystate Health, is advising the public that there is an increased risk of overdose and death from the use of […]

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Island Pond Road Assault

In the early morning hours of April 8, 2015, police responded to a 911 call reporting a disturbance in the vicinity of 70 Island Pond Road, Springfield. The caller stated that a man was down but she couldn’t see what had happened. The call came in at 2:04 a.m. and units were immediately dispatched. Upon […]

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Hampden District Attorney’s Office Allowed to Continue Murder Prosecution of Marcus Thomas for 2014 Incident

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March 25, 2015 -Springfield, MA- Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni announces the reversal of the 2015 decision to dismiss a second degree murder charge in a case involving the death of 20 year old Tavis Humphrey-Frazer. The motion to reconsider the dismissal was filed by the Office of Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni.   […]

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