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
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.
A veteran Springfield Massachusetts police officer was killed in the line of duty Monday after responding to a domestic dispute. Authorities say the policeman was shot and fatally wounded by a Rikers Island corrections officer, who then took his own life. A woman was critically wounded. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has more..