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No homicides reported in Holyoke in 2012

Mayor Alex Morse and police Chief James Neiswanger said in a joint statement Wednesday that they credited the statistic to good police work, the city’s mobile police vehicle that’s deployed to high crime areas, establishment of a building code enforcement officer and resumption of the dog unit.

Morse called it a “monumental achievement” and praised the chief and his department. Holyoke had four homicides in 2011.

Nearby Springfield reported a decade-low 12 homicides in 2012.

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