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New England News
12:10 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Crackdown On Drugs, Guns Brings Federal, State Charges

Assistant U.S. Attorney for Mass. Paul Smyth announces the indictments of 22 Springfield men on drug and firearm charges.
Credit WAMC

Twenty-two people have been charged in federal and state indictments with drug and firearm offenses in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.  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.

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New England News
12:13 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Springfield Police Commissioner Set To Retire

A retirement ceremony was held in Springfield City Hall for outgoing police commissioner William Fitchet. Pictured ( l to r) are Deputy Chief John Barbieri, who will succeed Fitchet, City Councilor Tim Allen, Fitchet, City Councilor Kateri Walsh, and City Council President Michael Fenton
Credit WAMC

A new police commissioner takes charge of law enforcement in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend.  Next to the mayor, it is the highest profile job in a city where public safety consistently ranks as a top issue.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Incoming Springfield Police Commissioner Stresses Proactive Approach To Crime

Springfield Police Deputy Chief John Barbieri speaks at a March 19,2014 news conference after Mayor Domenic Sarno announced he would appoint Barbieri to be the next police commissioner effective June 1st.
Credit WAMC

The incoming police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts last night made a highly anticipated public presentation of his crime-fighting plans.  It is a series of five strategic objects designed to make the police department more efficient and accountable.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Mayor Sarno Defends Process For Picking New Police Commissioner

Deputy Police Chief John Barbieri was selected by Mayor Domenic Sarno ( at right) to be the next police commissioner.
Credit WAMC

A 26-year veteran of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts has been picked to be the next police commissioner.  It is a high-profile post in a city where public safety has consistently ranked as the number one issue.

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New England News
12:44 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Police Department To Hold Citizen's Academy

Credit SPD

People interested in crime and police work have a unique opportunity starting next month to participate in a civilian police academy in Springfield, Massachusetts.  It is free 10-week, one-night-per-week class for city residents.   WAMC’s  Pioneer  Valley Bureau Chief   Paul Tuthill spoke with Kathleen Brown, the community liaison for the Springfield Police Department.

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New England News
12:51 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Debate In Springfield Over Police Commission

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.  A showdown vote between the city council and the mayor looms next month.

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New England News
2:14 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Return Of Police Commission Considered

Sprringfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet is planning to retire later this year. Some city councilors see it as an opportunity to return control of the police department back to a civilian body
Credit SPD

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.

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New England News
6:04 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Man Sues Police For Wrongful Murder Conviction

Charles Wilhite of Springfield,MA at a news conference where his civil rights attorney announced the filing of a lawsuit against two Springfield police detectives. Behind Wilhite is a poster showing him hugging his daughter after he was released from prison in 2013
Credit WAMC

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.

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.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Plan Aims To Change Public Safety Perception Of Downtown Springfield

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts are implementing a plan to address what they say is a public safety perception problem in the city’s downtown.   It is important to existing business owners and to a possible future big business—a resort casino. 

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New England News
2:14 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Protesters Claim Man On Trial Is Victim Of Police Brutality

Credit WAMC

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.

Ellen Graves and other members of a group called the Community Coaltion for Justice  rallied outside the courthouse in defense of  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.

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