Springfield police http://wamc.org en Crackdown On Drugs, Guns Brings Federal, State Charges http://wamc.org/post/crackdown-drugs-guns-brings-federal-state-charges <p>Twenty-two people have been charged in federal and state indictments with drug and firearm offenses in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.&nbsp; Law enforcement officials say some dangerous people have been taken off the streets of a city that has seen a recent spike in deadly gun violence.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:10:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 93320 at http://wamc.org Crackdown On Drugs, Guns Brings Federal, State Charges Springfield Police Commissioner Set To Retire http://wamc.org/post/springfield-police-commissioner-set-retire <p>A new police commissioner takes charge of law enforcement in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend.&nbsp; Next to the mayor, it is the highest profile job in a city where public safety consistently ranks as a top issue.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 91626 at http://wamc.org Springfield Police Commissioner Set To Retire Incoming Springfield Police Commissioner Stresses Proactive Approach To Crime http://wamc.org/post/incoming-springfield-police-commissioner-stresses-proactive-approach-crime <p>The incoming police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts last night made a highly anticipated public presentation of his crime-fighting plans.&nbsp; It is a series of five strategic objects designed to make the police department more efficient and accountable.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 87698 at http://wamc.org Incoming Springfield Police Commissioner Stresses Proactive Approach To Crime Mayor Sarno Defends Process For Picking New Police Commissioner http://wamc.org/post/mayor-sarno-defends-process-picking-new-police-commissioner <p>A 26-year veteran of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts has been picked to be the next police commissioner.&nbsp; It is a high-profile post in a city where public safety has consistently ranked as the number one issue.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:17:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 86216 at http://wamc.org Mayor Sarno Defends Process For Picking New Police Commissioner Police Department To Hold Citizen's Academy http://wamc.org/post/police-department-hold-citizens-academy <p>People interested in crime and police work have a unique opportunity starting next month to participate in a civilian police academy in Springfield, Massachusetts.&nbsp; It is free 10-week, one-night-per-week class for city residents.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s&nbsp; Pioneer&nbsp; Valley Bureau Chief&nbsp;&nbsp; Paul Tuthill spoke with Kathleen Brown, the community liaison for the <a href="http://www3.springfield-ma.gov/police/com-involve.0.html">Springfield Police Department</a>.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:44:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 84268 at http://wamc.org Police Department To Hold Citizen's Academy Debate In Springfield Over Police Commission http://wamc.org/post/debate-springfield-over-police-commission <p>A debate rages in Springfield, Massachusetts over who should run the police department – a five-member part-time commission, or a single all-powerful police commissioner.&nbsp; A showdown vote between the city council and the mayor looms next month.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:51:25 +0000 Paul Tuthill 84363 at http://wamc.org Debate In Springfield Over Police Commission Return Of Police Commission Considered http://wamc.org/post/return-police-commission-considered <p>The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts and the city council appear to be on a collision course over control of the police department. Councilors are looking into putting a civilian board in charge of the police, while the mayor wants the department run by a law enforcement professional.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:14:14 +0000 Paul Tuthill 83912 at http://wamc.org Return Of Police Commission Considered Man Sues Police For Wrongful Murder Conviction http://wamc.org/post/man-sues-police-wrongful-murder-conviction <p>A man who spent three years in prison for murder before he was found not guilty of the charge at a second trial filed a lawsuit today accusing police in Springfield, Massachusetts of violating his civil rights.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> A wrongful conviction lawsuit against two Springfield police detectives and the City of Springfield was filed by Charles Wilhite. It alleges the police officers caused his wrongful conviction by fabricating evidence and intimidating witnesses, according to Wilhite’s attorney, Howard Friedman.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 82838 at http://wamc.org Man Sues Police For Wrongful Murder Conviction Plan Aims To Change Public Safety Perception Of Downtown Springfield http://wamc.org/post/plan-aims-change-public-safety-perception-downtown-springfield <p>Officials in Springfield Massachusetts are implementing a plan to address what they say is a public safety perception problem in the city’s downtown.&nbsp;&nbsp; It is important to existing business owners and to a possible future big business—a resort casino.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 67585 at http://wamc.org Plan Aims To Change Public Safety Perception Of Downtown Springfield Protesters Claim Man On Trial Is Victim Of Police Brutality http://wamc.org/post/protesters-claim-man-trial-victim-police-brutality <p>Community activists in Springfield Massachusetts say a 25 year old Middletown Connecticut man who went on trial Monday for assaulting police is actually a victim of police brutality.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Ellen Graves and other members of a group called the Community Coaltion for Justice&nbsp; rallied outside the courthouse in defense of&nbsp; Michael Ververis who is facing felony charges stemming from a disturbance more than 2 years ago at closing time in the city’s entertainment district.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:14:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 62803 at http://wamc.org Protesters Claim Man On Trial Is Victim Of Police Brutality