The Springfield that Sgt. Reggie Miller grew up in is far different from the one he patrols now, as the leader of the Springfield Police Department’s new community policing unit in Forest Park.
The son of a truck driver and a medical assistant, Miller grew up in Mason Square during the 1970s and 1980s – a time, he said, that lacked much of the tension between police and residents that his community police unit is currently trying to resolve.
“Cops would talk to us then, but it was friendly,” Miller said. “Back then if you did something wrong, the cops would bring you home and you didn’t want that. I know I never wanted that.”