2017 – Southwick Public Safety Day Another Huge Success

The second Southwick Public Safety Day was without a doubt another huge success.  I would personally like to thank all of the citizens and their families for taking time out of their busy schedules to join us for this special event.  Based on the smiles and expressions I saw on the children’s faces I know that they had a great deal of fun.  It was fascinating to see the confusion the event brought to our younger citizens.  They had a hard time deciding if they should go see the Police Car or the Fire Truck first.  The event was filled with many interactive displays as well as demonstrations of both Police and Fire Equipment.  We were honored with visits from Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog.  When it came to refreshments most of the children had no problem letting us know that they wanted some popcorn, candy, cookies or a water.  Yes, many of the adults had no problem packing away the culinary delights.  I heard our First Responder partners next door were busy serving delicious refreshments also.  There is no doubt there were some parents who had a difficult time getting the kids in for a nap Saturday afternoon

I enjoyed interacting with the citizens and their families.  We had a number of entertaining conversations on a variety of interesting topics.

Those who know me have heard me mention many times in the past, “I am blessed to work with the team of Officers, Dispatchers and Staff at the Southwick Police Department.”  They truly make my assignment a little easier.   With that being said I would like to publicly thank them for all their hard work and support. The entire staff here at the Police Department volunteered their personal time to be at the event to greet the public and answer any questions which were presented.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank those individuals who volunteered to help us in areas where we needed assistance. Those individuals were the students from past Citizen Police Academies.  Of course we can’t forget those individuals who provided us with all of those wonderful treats.

In ending I would like to thank all the members from the Southwick Fire Department, Southwick Emergency Management and the Polvereri – Southwick Animal Shelter for all of their hard work.  They all did an outstanding job in representing how their Agency fits into the Public Safety role.  The efforts of all involved contributed to the overall success of this event.

All in all it was a great day and I thank everyone who made it a huge success.

Chief of Police

Dave Ricardi




Officer Mike Taggart installing a car seat

Officer Mike Taggart installing a car seat


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