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COME AND JOIN US……..Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt!!

The Southwick Police Association and Team Justice Moto-X Team is hosting a Pancake Breakfast / Easter Egg Hunt fundraiser.

Where: Moo-Licious Farm, 285 Feeding Hills Rd, Southwick.
When: Saturday April 19, 2014… 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
(Egg Hunt, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
Age groups for Egg hunt, Infant to 4 yrs. and, 5yrs. to 9 yrs.

- Admission to Egg hunt is free with purchase of each Child breakfast…
– Live Animals on site.
– Train rides(weather permitting)

Adult: $8.00 Child $6.00

For more information: Kevin Bishop. 413-569-5348 ext. 604 or



Did you know that when you send or receive a text you take your eyes off the road for 5 seconds? At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded.

As a result, thousands of people die every year in crashes related to distracted driving. If you’re texting, you’re not driving.
Massachusetts currently has laws on Distracted Driving. First offense is a $100.00 fine and observing a driver texting while operating a motor vehicle is a primary stop offense.

The US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has posted a very powerful video of what can happen while texting and operating a motor vehicle are combined.

WARNING WARNING WARNING: The video below is very graphic. Parental discretion is highly recommended for younger viewers!!



Southwick Public Safety Services Day Huge Success


            The first Southwick Public Safety Services Day was without a doubt a 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.  Then there was the toughest decision of all, “Do I go see Officer Krutka and his K-9 partner, Jax doing their demonstration or the Lifestar Helicopter landing in front of the Fire Department.  For those who couldn’t join us on Saturday you’ll be happy to know that they were able to see both.  When it came to refreshments most of the children had no problem letting us know that they wanted some popcorn, candy and a soda.  I am sure some of the parents had a difficult time getting the kids in of a nap that afternoon

I enjoyed interacting with the citizens and their families.  I enjoyed the conversations and fun we had talking about a number of interesting topics.

As I have mentioned many times in the past, “I am blessed to work with the team of Officers, Dispatchers and Staff from 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 the present and past Citizen Police Academies.

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 present how their Agency fit into the Public Safety role.

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


Chief of Police

Dave Ricardi




Reserve Officer Ross Henke.


Reserve Officer Adam Roberts

The Southwick Police Department has appointed two new Reserve Police Officers to the force. Ross Henke and Adam Roberts have been added to the police department roster and will begin their training in the very near future…….
The Southwick Police Department Reserve force plays a major roll in our department as they work along side our full-time officers on a daily basis. Each officer is expected to perform the duties of any other police officer sworn to serve our community.




Officers from the Southwick Police Department participated in Active shooter Training this past week. Troopers from the Mass State Police Swat team both instruct the officers as well as pose as the active shooter. This training simulates real life scenarios to give our officers the best possible training at what seems to be an all to frequent event.
All the participants involved use “Sims” rounds which is a simulated round of ammunition which makes the training that much more realistic…….

g_Burt Officer Greg Burt who is the departments’ lead Firearms Instructor, works diligently to keep our officers prepared in case they are confronted with a deadly threat situation. Unfortunately, school shootings are becoming more and more frequent and Officer Burt believes that these training simulations are imperative in order to save lives.


Child Passenger Safety

. Would you like to have your child safety seat inspected by a certified technician? The Southwick Police Department has two (2) certified Child Safety Seat technicians that can assist you in the installation of a new seat or inspecting an existing seat that you
have in your vehicle

Our priority is to provide this service
to Southwick residents but will be happy to help any citizen who lives in a
community that doesn’t provide this service.

To schedule an appointment call Sergeant Rhett Bannish at 413-569-5348 ext. 616 or Officer
Michael Taggart at 413-569-5236 ext. 614 to leave a message.  These Officers
provide this service during their normal 4 pm to Midnight shift.  Please keep in
mind that it may take awhile for a return call based on the work


Chief Dave Ricardi


Yes, visible house numbers are vital when there is an emergency call for Police, Fire or the Ambulance. When Emergency Responders have to spend extra time trying to locate the right house or business it will obviously cause a delay in providing the needed service.

The numbers on your home or business must be large enough to be seen from the roadway in all types of weather and lighting conditions. Please keep in mind the numbers must be large enough to read from a moving vehicle. It is recommended you place them directly on or immediately by the front door when possible. In the event the structure is set too far back from the road it is recommended to place the number at the entrance to the driveway. They can be placed on a post, mailbox, fence, etc.

When numbering your home or business make sure to use materials which will not fade or wear easily from the weather. Last but not least choose colors which will not blend into the background they are displayed on.

Remember your extra efforts are appreciated by the Emergency Responders who will be able to provide the needed services as quickly as possible.


Prevent Vehicle Break-ins

Vehicle break-ins are a serious, but common crime that unfortunately many citizens find themselves being a victim to. A majority of Vehicle Break-Ins take place during the early morning hours when risk of discovery is minimal. Persons who commit this crime can be juveniles on a dare, addicts desperate for something to trade or pawn to support their habits.
How Do You Prevent Being a Victim?

If you follow these preventative measures you can reduce the chances your vehicle will be a target and you being a victim.

Close all the Windows and Lock all the Doors on Your Vehicle
Many Vehicle Break-Ins are made possible from doors being left unlocked.

Don’t Leave Valuable in Your Vehicle
Before leaving your vehicle stow your electronics, personal items, valuables and accessories away and out of sight including power plugs, IPod adapters, cell phone chargers, navigation system windshield suction-cup mounts, CD’s, spare change, etc.

Use Your Vehicle’s Car Alarm
If you have an alarm system in your vehicle, use it. The noise alone may be enough to scare away a thief and prevent your vehicle from being broken into
Park Your Vehicle in a Safe Location
Park in a well-lit area and avoid concealment from larger vehicles, fences, foliage. If possible park your vehicle near a motion sensor light. This will greater the chances that someone might see a crime in progress.

Report Suspicious Activity or Criminal Behavior.
If someone is hanging around the neighborhood that is unknown to you and has no legitimate reason for being there, call the Southwick Police Department.

To Report a Past Crime or a Non-Emergency situation dial the Southwick Police Department Business Line – 413-569-5348.
To Report an Emergency or a Crime in Progress call 911


Topic: Education and Enforcement of Town By-Laws related to snow removal and Winter Recreational vehicles, etc.

Chapter 157, Streets and Sidewalks

Article II – Snow and Ice Removal

Chapter 157, Section 4: Residents on property or owners of property abutting the sidewalks within the Town, which now is or may hereafter be established or set apart as such, shall clear said sidewalk of ice and snow within twenty-four (24) hours after the snow ceases to fall. Should said sidewalk become covered with ice that cannot be readily removed, the said abutter or residents shall be required to place sand or some other suitable substance thereon within twenty-four (24) hours after such said side walk shall have become so encumbered to render said walk unsafe for pedestrians.

Fine: $ 25.00

Chapter 157, Section 5: No Person shall plow or cause to be plowed, snow or ice from private property into or onto a public way.

Fine: $ 25.00

Chapter 75, Boats and Other Recreational Vehicles

Article II – Winter Recreational Vehicles

Chapter 75, Section 12: No person shall operate or abandon a motor vehicle on the ice of the Congamond Lakes except for the purpose of plowing.

Fine: $ 50.00

Chapter 75, Section 13: Winter recreational vehicles and ice boats may be operated from December 1st to March 1st , from sunrise to 11 P.M..

Fine: $ 50.00

Chapter 75, Section 14: No person shall operate a winter recreational vehicle or ice boat on the ice having a thickness of less than six (6) inches.

Fine: $ 50.00

Chapter 75, Section 15: No person shall operate winter recreational vehicles or snow vehicles on the Congamond Lakes, within one hundred & fifty (150) feet of an occupied residence without permission of the owner or when directly departing from or returning to such residence.

Fine: $ 50.00

Chapter 75, Section 16: No recovery or salvage operation shall be authorized except under the expressed approval of the Police Department and under their direction and control.

Fine: $ 50.00

Chapter 172, Vehicles and Traffic

Article II – Parking

Chapter 172, Section 6: Any vehicle located or parked within the limits of any way in the Town of Southwick which is interfering with the prompt and orderly removal or plowing of snow or the removal of ice from said way may be removed or caused to be removed by the Superintendent of Streets at the sole expense of the owner of said vehicle to some convenient place, including a public garage, by means or towing or otherwise. Before the owner shall be permitted to remove a vehicle which has been towed or removed, he must:

(A). Furnish satisfactory evidence to the Superintendent of Streets, or any
other person in charge of place or public garage, of his identity and ownership.

(B). Pay all charges for towing or removing said car and all storage
charges, if any,

(C). Sign a written receipt acknowledging delivery of said vehicle.

Fine: $ 25.00

Chapter 172, Section 7: If any vehicle found upon and street or highway in violation of any provisions of this Article or its location is deemed to be a hazard to the flow of traffic of such street or highway, it shall be moved under the direction of a Police Officer, and the person in whose name such vehicle is registered shall be held prima facie responsible for such violation.

Fine: $ 25.00

2013 Fall Citizen’s Police Academy.

Congratulations to the Graduates from our 15th Citizens Police Academy class. We would like to thank the graduates for their participation in this program as it was an educational process for all and one which has brought us all closer together. After listening to the graduates at last evening’s ceremony I am convinced that we have opened channels of communications between our graduates and the Police Department. There is no doubt that we have developed better informed citizens who now have accurate knowledge pertaining to our many responsibilities and functions.

Chief Dave Ricardi

cpa grad 2013