The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division is launching a public awareness campaign to discourage citizens of the Commonwealth from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, particularly during the holidays.
We appreciate the important work of Massachusetts police departments to keeping citizens safe. In order to reach as many people as possible, the Highway Safety Division requests that you post this PSA to your town or police website and social media outlets to promote the message of “Keep the Holidays Happy. Drive Sober.”
17th Citizen Police Academy Class Graduates
Congratulations to all of those who graduated last evening from our 17th Citizen Police Academy Class. We thank the graduates for their commitment to the program and the enthusiasm they displayed. After reading the class evaluations and listening to the speeches given by some of the graduates it was apparent that our Citizen Police Academy Program proved to be a huge success. It is apparent that the graduates of the 17th Citizen Police Academy class now have an understanding about the everyday operation of their Police Department and how hard all of members of this Department work to keep the entire Town of Southwick safe and provide its citizens and quests with a better quality of life. We are pleased to know that the recent graduates now have accurate knowledge pertaining to all of the responsibilities and functions that go into protecting the citizens of this community.
Again, Congratulations to the entire 17th Citizen Police Academy Class. We are looking forward to kicking off our 18th Citizen Police Academy in the spring of 2015. Hope to see you there.
Chief Dave Ricardi
On behalf of our K-9 Officer, Thomas L. Krutka, his K-9 partner – Jax, and the entire Southwick Police Department I would like to express our gratitude for the generous donation of $500.00 that the members of the Southwick VFW – Post 872 contributed to our K-9 unit.
This donation will go a long way with helping us being able to maintain this valuable resource for our community.
Saturday, November 15th and Saturday, November 22nd
In the interest of safety we are posting this notice to inform the citizens of Southwick that our local Boy Scouts organizations will be out canvassing our neighborhoods during the next 2 Saturdays in an effort to support their annual food drive for the Southwick Food Pantry.
The Scouts will be distributing the bags on the 15th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and collecting them on the 22nd during the same hours. We are asking for the next 2 Saturdays that you be alert for Scouters and slow moving vehicles.
We are appealing to the members of the public for witnesses or anyone who may have information pertaining to some manhole covers being removed overnight between Monday, October 27th and Tuesday, October 28th. This wasn’t a typical Halloween prank involving smashing pumpkins or throwing eggs. This was an intentional malicious act which caused a considerable amount of damage to a vehicle. Thankfully it was a vehicle and not a person who could have fell into the open manhole resulting in the injury or death of the innocent person.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department business line at 569-5348 and use the directory menu to reach our Anonymous Tip line (#9).
Chief Dave Ricardi
Beginning Monday October 27, 2014 there will be construction on Powdermill Road beginning at 7:00 am. Southwick DPW will begin a storm drain replacement project. This project is expected to take approximately 4 weeks to complete. THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC DELAYS DURING THIS PERIOD. Please seek alternative travel routes during this period. thank you for your co-operation….
Fall is upon us and as you know it is that time of year where many people both young and old put on their best costumes to head out to celebrate Halloween. To ensure that this Halloween is a day of fun-filled event the members of the Southwick Police Department would like to offer our residents some tips on how to make this a safe holiday.
• Before children start out on their ‘trick or treat’ rounds, parents should:
• Make sure an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
• It’s best to take the little ones out early.
• Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow and know the names of older children’s companions.
• Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
• Cross only at corners; never dart out between parked cars.
• Cover one side of the street at a time, no crisscrossing.
• Never accept a ride in a car.
• Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and NEVER to enter a stranger’s home.
• NEVER allow your children to go through a backyard to get to a home.
• NEVER allow your children go to a back door at a house.
• Establish a return time. Know the neighborhoods they will be visiting. Have the children stay in groups.
• Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home and the treats are checked by an adult.
• Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety rules & precautions, including pedestrian & traffic safety rules.
• Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address & phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
• Make sure your own home is well lit and that there is a clear path to the door. Items such as bicycles, lawn furniture, electrical cords and Halloween decorations can trip Trick-or-Treaters walking in the dark.
• Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
• Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.
• Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional Halloween injuries.
• If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of reflective tape should be used to make children visible. Use flashlights for extra visibility.
• Children should wear sturdy footwear and temperature appropriate clothing under their costumes.
ON THE WAY
• Children should understand and follow these rules:
• DO NOT enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
• WALK, do not run, from house to house. DO NOT cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
• WALK on sidewalks, not in the street. WALK on the left side of the road, facing traffic in areas where there are no sidewalks.
• Watch for children and adults darting from between parked cars.
• Watch for children and adults walking in roadways, along sidewalks and in parking areas.
• Enter & exit driveways, side streets and alleys carefully.
• At twilight & later in the evening, watch for pedestrians in dark clothing.
• Masks can obstruct a child’s vision. Use facial make-up instead.
• When buying special Halloween make-up, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled “Made with U.S. Approved Additives”, “Laboratory Tested”, “Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics”, or “Non-Toxic”. Follow manufacturer’s instruction for application.
• If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.
• Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
• Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.
• Carrying flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.
• To ensure a safe Trick-or-Treat outing, parents are urged to:
• Give children an early meal before going out.
• Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
• Throw out anything that appears tampered with, homemade or home-packaged foods unless you are certain of the source.
• Inspect fruit closely and take away treats that may not be age appropriate. Young children may choke on things like hard candy or peanuts.
The Southwick Police Department is pleased to announce that it will kick-off its 17th Citizen Police Academy program starting this evening. The classes will be conducted on Tuesday evenings at the Fire Department Training Room. The current class has a full roster of 25 students.
Those students participating in the program will be introduced to all phases of the Police profession as well as the Criminal Justice System. The Citizen Police Academy is an eight week educational program which offers local residents and business owners an opportunity to learn about the Southwick Police Department’s practices and services. Topics that will be covered include but not limited to Court Procedures, Patrol Procedures, Criminal Law, Safety Officer Duties, Dive Team Program and Demonstration, Emergency Dispatch Functions, the history of the Department, ID Thefts, Scams & Fraud, Drug Identification, and Use of Force. The students will participate in a ride-a-long with an Officer, Firearms training simulation and a K-9 unit Demonstration.
The program is not intended to train participants to perform the duties of a Police Officer, but to create a nucleus of Citizens who are well informed about the Police Department Operation.
We are hoping to schedule another Citizen Police Academy for the spring of 2015. Anyone interested in participating in our next class can call Sergeant Sanders at 569-5348 ext. 624.
I believe that it is important that the citizens and students of Southwick know that the Police Department added its first School Resource Officer (SRO) position to its roster in November of 2013. Shortly after the position was established I appointed Officer Daniel F. Ryan to fill the newly created position. Officer Daniel F. Ryan was given the task of establishing the School Resource Officer position within the Southwick-Tolland-Granville school campus.
Shortly after the announcement was made Officer Ryan attended the required training program sponsored by the National Association of School Resource Officers. Upon completing the training program Officer Ryan began to develop the SRO curriculum which he would first implement during the fall semester of 2014.
Officer Ryan has developed several goals for himself in his new position. The goal at the top of his list is to ensure that our students and staff are safe while attending or working at the Southwick – Tolland- Granville school district. Officer Ryan knows the importance of promoting positive relationships and maintaining open lines of communications between the Southwick Police Department and the youths of this community. I am sure that everyone will find that Officer Ryan is an approachable individual who will do his best to make our schools a safe learning environment..
As an SRO, Officer Ryan will serve as a Law Enforcement Officer, teacher, role model, an advocate for teachers, students and families. Amongst other things, the SRO position will bring personalized policing to families, students, and staff members.
Once the first phase of current construction project has been completed at the High School Officer Ryan will have an Office. He will normally be available Monday through Friday from 6:45 am to 3:15 pm. When Officer Ryan moves into his office sometime after November 1st we will post his contact information on this site.
The members of the Southwick Police Department would like to publicly thank the Southwick Rotary Club for recognizing all of the First Responder groups at their annual Steak Roast, which was held at the VFW on September 10, 2014. The Police Department was one of the recipients of a customized recognition flag which was designed to show appreciation for the services we as First Responder provide to the citizens of Southwick.
We are proudly displaying the customized flag we were awarded out on the flag pole in front of the Police Department. This flag will accompany our American Flag for the remainder of this month and every September here after.
It was truly an honor to be recognized by such an esteemed and prestigious organization.