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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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New England News
5:36 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Springfield Police Expand Use Of Gunshot Detection Technology

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Police in Springfield Massachusetts are expanding the use of gunshot detection technology.

   The area of Springfield now covered by the  gun shot detection system has been roughly doubled. The expansion was paid for by $120,000 in private donations collected by the New North Citizens Council as part of the civic organization’s safe neighborhood initiative. Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet said the technology can put police on a crime scene in time to make an arrest and seize a gun

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New England News
6:20 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Killing Of Police Officer Prompts Review Of Procedures

The logo on a t-shirt being sold by Springfield Police to honor officer Kevin Ambrose. Proceeds go to a memorial fund
Springfield Police Dept

    Three months after a veteran police officer in Springfield Massachusetts was killed in the line of duty, the death of officer Kevin Ambrose still reverberates.  Police across the country are reviewing procedures for dealing with domestic disputes involving fellow law officers.  Efforts continue in Massachusetts to boost survivor benefits for the families of public safety professionals killed on the job. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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