Springfield, Vt.

Police chief seeks more force to fight crime

The Springfield police chief said he needs at least two more officers to help patrol the southern Vermont community that has seen a spike in crime in recent years. Chief Douglas Johnston said the town is seeing an influx of out-of-state drug dealers and more serious crimes. Heroin is the illegal drug of choice in the region, he said. The Rutland Herald reported that Johnston has asked for extra officers every year in recent years, but the weak economy has made that impossible. He said he is hoping the select board will agree to his request this year. The Springfield police department currently has 16 officers.