A Community Comes Together

A Community Comes Together

Chief Bishop has offered the Southwick Police Department to be a drop off location for donations for the Giroux family. There is a trailer parked in front of the station with department decals to leave any donations. The door to the trailer is located on the right side. At this time the family is all set with clothing and will benefit from monetary gifts and gift cards to stores such as Target, Walmart, and Home Depot as they begin to relocate.

Any gift cards or money must be brought inside the police station and left with the on duty dispatcher. All other items can be placed in the trailer. Donations can be made up to 8AM, Monday, November 11th.

The Giroux family is overwhelmed by the support they have already received and cannot thank everyone enough.

Chief David A. Ricardi Retires after 30 years of Service.


In just a few days, on July 1, 2018 the Southwick Police Department will be saying goodbye to our Chief of Police, David A. Ricardi. Chief Ricardi, after serving the Town of Southwick and the Southwick Police Department will be calling it a career.

Chief David Ricardi has been in law enforcement for nearly 40 years. He has been a member of the Southwick Police Department for 30 of those years. Throughout his time here, Chief Ricardi has climbed his way through the ranks from police officer to being promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant and eventually appointed as Chief of Police. He has has worn many hats through out his time here including working as the department’s lead investigator as well as overseeing the Eastern Hampden County Narcotics Task force. He has brought this department into the 21st Century by adding all of today’s modern day technological advances in police equipment and operating systems.

Chief Ricardi has dedicated the better part of his life serving and protecting others. We here at the Southwick Police Department wish him well in his retirement as it is more than well deserved.

. Farewell Message from Chief David A. Ricardi.

“It is with heavy heart that I write this Farewell Message to the Citizens of Southwick, the employees of the Town, the men and women both civilian and sworn members of the Southwick Police Department. I would like to thank all of these individuals for their support for over three decades. It was also truly a pleasure to work with the Select Board and all of the committees associated with accomplishing the goals of this Department.
When I retire at the end of this month, I will have served nearly forty (40) years in Law Enforcement. As I have previously indicated during my Law Enforcement career I had the privilege of serving the citizens of Southwick for over thirty (30) years. In those years I was fortunate to make a great deal of friends who I will never forget.
I have on many occasions stated publicly that I was blessed to work with the phenomenal Officers, Dispatchers and Staff members of this Department. These individuals are not only dedicated to their profession but also to the well-being, safety, and prosperity of this Town. We are fortunate to have these professionals serving our community.
During my tenure as the Chief of Police, I am proud to note that we accomplished many progressive goals for the Community and Department. The number of our accomplishments are too vast to list. A few highlights that stand out in my mind include: The training of our Officers in administering Narcan, Active Shooter familiarization and training for our Officers and School Administration, training our officers in the proper use of a Taser, the resurrection of the Citizen Police Academy and the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) programs, adding a School Resource Officer (SRO) to our staffing level, updating the firearms (pistols, rifles & shotguns) used by our officers, and by adding tactical vests and helmets to the items carried in our cruisers, continuous updating of the medical supplies we use on a daily basis, continuous training on the Defibrillators we carry in our cruisers, and continuing education for the Senior Citizens on topic that are of a concern for them. Last but not least, we also were able to fund another K-9 with the financial assistance from many.
Serving the Town of Southwick and working with the members of the Police Department was a life changing experience. I feel I am a better person for having the opportunity to serve this community. Thank you all.”

Chief David A. Ricardi.

Use Caution When Dealing with Possible Overdose Situations

Use Caution When Dealing with Possible Overdose Situations

On Sunday, June 17, 2018 Officers from this Department were dispatched to a home on Berkshire Avenue to investigate a report of an unresponsive male at that location. Upon their arrival it was determined that the 29 year old male subject was deceased. The initial investigation indicated that victim had most likely died from an Opioid overdose. Out of respect for the family, we are not going to identify the young man and, we are respectfully requesting that any and all of our followers please refrain from identifying the victim as well, thank you!

During the course of their investigation, both Officers began to experience symptoms that were similar to those of an exposure to fentanyl and/or other opioid. The Officers noticed that they began having respiratory distress and became disoriented. At the scene, each officer had been administered two doses of Narcan before they were both transported to the emergency room at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield to be evaluated. The Officers are identified as Det. Sergeant Robert D. Landis and Officer Marc S. Siegel who were treated and later released. The Officers were both back at work today.

Our Department is currently re-evaluating our procedures for responding to an overdose situation. We are asking that all citizens understand that a situation involving any form of opioids is very dangerous and should be approached with an extreme degree of caution. Simply being in the same room as the victim could be deadly.

Chief Dave Ricardi

Sergeant Robert D Landis Promoted

Sergeant Robert D Landis Promoted

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Sergeant Robert D Landis will be the Department’s next Lieutenant as of July 1, 2018.

The Select Board interviewed Sergeant Rhett E Bannish and Sergeant Robert D Landis this past Tuesday to fill a Lieutenant’s position that will become open on July 1, 2018.  The position was made available when the Select Board decided to elevate Lt. Kevin A. Bishop to the rank of Chief of Police to replace Chief David A Ricardi who will be retiring on June 30, 2018 after more than 30 years service.

Upon interviewing the candidates the Select Board voted to promote Sgt. Robert D. Landis to the rank of Lieutenant.

Chief Dave Ricardi


A year ago I sent out a notification to the public pertaining to a new change as it related to our
enforcement of Personal Watercraft / Jet Skis violations on North Pond. The change was generated
based on research that I had conducted with some State Agencies. In a nutshell the research
revealed a violation of M.G.L, Chapter 90B, Section 9A, Operating a Jet-Ski on waters of less than
75 acres was unenforceable on North Pond. The measurement of the Congamond Lake is as 477
acres which includes the acreage of North Pond, Middle Pond and South Pond together. The area
of North Pond which measures by itself 47 acres is not considered a separate or single body of
water. Therefore, making M.G.L, Chapter 90B, Section 9A, Operating a Jet-Ski on waters of less
than 75 acres unenforceable on North Pond.
I also learned that in order to prohibit Personal Watercraft / Jet Skis from North Pond a Town bylaw
would be need to be developed and approved to enforce any prohibition of Personal Watercraft
/ Jet Skis on North Pond.
Needless to say the posted change in the enforcement policy caused a controversy amongst a group
of residents from around North Pond. The biggest issue that was voiced was that it was not safe
for Personal Watercraft / Jet-Skis to be used on North Pond. Since publishing the change in our
enforcement policy I developed a by-law which I believed was fair and impartial for all citizens
utilizing North Pond with a Personal Watercraft / Jet Ski. In summary, the by-law would allow
the operation of Personal Watercraft / Jet-Ski at Headway Speed (6-mph) only on North Pond to
travel to other ponds.
Those who were in objection to the by-law that the Select Board and I were recommending offered
an amendment to the Article 22 by-law at the Annual Town meeting. A brief of the amendment
offered was to prohibit the operation of Personal Watercraft / Jet Skis on North Pond.
A discussion on both proposals took place before a vote was taken. The vote indicated that a
majority wanted the amended by-law. Therefore, this amended proposal will be sent to the
Attorney General’s Office for approval. If approved the by-law will be sent back to the Town
Clerk’s Office to be recorded. After a prescribed amount of time, which is ninety (90) days, the
by-law will become enforceable.

Until we have an official by-law in place the Officers of this Department will not be enforcing
M.G.L, Chapter 90B, Section 9A, Operating a Jet-Ski on waters of less than 75 acres, on the body
of water of the Congamond Lake known as North Pond.
The Jet-Skis prohibited sign located to the left of tunnel prior to entering North Pond from Middle
Pond has been removed. When and if the amended the by law becomes official the sign will be
installed again.
Dave Ricardi, Chief of Police

“Not in my Town, Not with my Kids.”

For Immediate release Ellen Miles
413 237 3553
Southwick Rotary Club hosting community forum to discuss
Opioid Addiction – Hampden County Sheriff Nicholas Cocchi –
Keynote Speaker
April 17, 2018, Southwick, MA … Mike Parent, Vice President, of the Southwick Rotary Club,
announced a forum has been scheduled to address the opioid addiction crisis in Southwick and
surrounding communities in an effort to alleviate the devastating effects on our local families
and communities.
Sheriff Nicholas Cocchi, Hampden County Sheriff, is taking a proactive approach to the epidemic
by reaching out to his communities in Hampden County. His goal is to take advantage of
programs and awareness before a victim needs to be incarcerated for various reasons regarding
opioids and other drugs. His goal is to limit the usual results of drug usage and illegal activities
to support drug habits. In addition to addicted adults, Cocchi’s presentation focuses on the
theme of “Not in my Town, Not with my Kids.”
Sheriff Cocchi will be supported by community leaders including police, fire/EMT, school
administration, and the Select Board. Additionally, recovering user, Courtney Rex of the
Michael Dias Foundation will also share his story.
Resource exhibitors include the Health Department, One Call Away (a PTSD awareness program
for veterans and first responders who struggle with PTSD), ADCARE outpatient addiction
services, Narcotics Anonymous 12 step recovery program, New England Adventures program
helping veterans overcome addiction through outdoor experiences, Dianne Boland
representing From the Ground Up, and Learn to Cope, a state- funded agency. Mike Parent said
“we all know that it is a widespread crisis that is continuing to grow. We want to do our best
to take care of our local families first.”
The forum will take place on May 16 at the Southwick Town Hall at 6 pm. For more information
on the program, contact Mike Parent at 413 998-3634. Rotary welcomes parents, children,
caregivers, and anyone that struggles with addiction and is looking for help.
The Southwick Rotary Club is made up of dedicated people who share a passion for
community service and friendship working together as volunteers. Rotarians work locally,
regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide
education, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto of “Service above Self.” The
club meets at Nora’s Restaurant, 106 Point Gove Road, Southwick, every Wednesday at 6:00
pm. For information on club activities, visit southwickrotary.org, Facebook/Southwick
Rotary, or contact President Chris Boyd at 413 348 9918 or email boyd1152@yahoo.com.

Chief Frederickson’s Powerful Message After Losing an Officer.

Please take a few minutes to watch Chief Frederickson’s powerful message after losing one of his officers. Officer Sean Gannon and his K-9 partner Nero, were both shot while searching for a male party who was the subject of a Violation of Probation Warrant. Officer Gannon was killed as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. His partner, K-9 Nero, who was shot twice,  was rushed to a nearby animal hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.  K-9 Nero is currently recovering with members from the Yarmouth Police Department by his side.

Chief Frederickson’s speech at Off. Sean Gannon’s candle light vigil. And in my hour of darknessShe is standing right in front of meSpeaking words of wisdom"Let it be"Change is needed. Help us. Please share!This video is the courtesy of WCVB Channel 5 Boston.

Posted by Yarmouth Police Dept. on Sunday, April 15, 2018


The Law Enforcement world has been the subject of ridicule, abuse and plain old disrespect. Law Enforcement officers are being murdered on a daily basis and it needs to stop!!! As Chief Frederickson states, help us help you!!!

Thank you for your support

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Temporary Closed For Several Days

 Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Temporary Closed For Several Days

 Registry services unavailable from

7 p.m., March 22 until 8 a.m., March 26

The RMV is transforming its business processes and replacing its mainframe computer system with new, modern technology to deliver exceptional customer service for residents and businesses.

Registry services will be unavailable during the following times:

  • Thursday
  • March 22
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • RMV stops all business services until 8 a.m., 3/26
  • including Service Centers, AAA locations, online & phone services
  • Friday
  • March 23
  • No road tests
  • No vehicle inspections
  • No internet transactions
  • No RMV services, including online or at AAA locations
  • Saturday
  • March 24
  • No road tests
  • No vehicle inspections
  • No internet transactions
  • No RMV services, including online or at AAA locations
  • Sunday
  • March 25
  • No road tests
  • No vehicle inspections
  • No internet transactions
  • No RMV services, including online or at AAA locations
  • Monday
  • March 26
  • 8:00 a.m.
  • All RMV services resume, service centers reopen, RMV services open at AAA locations & vehicle inspections resume

Massachusetts RMV Announces New Requirements:


For Immediate Release                                                                    

March 9, 2018

Contact: MassDOT Press Office: 857-368-8500


Getting or Renewing a Driver’s License, ID Card or Learner’s Permit?

Massachusetts RMV Announces New Requirements:

Lawful Presence and REAL ID


BOSTON – The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is reminding the public that on March 26, 2018, to get or renew any driver’s license, ID card, or learner’s permit, customers will need documentation showing United States citizenship or lawful presence as required by federal and state law.

Lawful presence means that a person is legally living in the United States according to federal immigration laws. All United States citizens and lawfully permanent residents have permanent lawful presence in the U.S. Non-U.S. individuals who are studying, working, or living temporarily in the U.S. may have temporary lawful presence that may vary in length.

On March 26, customers will have the choice between a REAL ID Driver’s License or ID Card or a Standard Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card. REAL ID is a Federal Security Standard for IDs that was created in 2005 as a result of increased federal security measures after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

REAL ID will be available on March 26, 2018; however, people will not need a REAL ID until October of 2020. And if they have an active passport and don’t mind carrying it, they will never need a REAL ID. After October of 2020, citizens will need either a passport or REAL ID Massachusetts Driver’s License to fly in the United States, or to enter restricted areas of federal buildings.  The Standard Massachusetts License or ID card will not be valid as a federal ID after October 2020.

“We encourage the public to review information on our website at mass.gov/id to learn what documents they must provide for the credential they seek,” said Registrar Erin Deveney. “In most cases, people will have the required documents on hand as these documents are regularly requested when a child starts school, when someone travels outside the country, or in order to get married.”

On March 26, 2018, individuals applying for Registry credentials are encouraged to start their applications online at mass.gov/rmv and answer a few questions to determine if they should choose a REAL ID driver’s license or ID or a Standard Driver’s license or ID, and exactly what identification documents are necessary for each. Customers who visit the RMV’s website will be able to print online applications or have an application that can be displayed on a mobile phone. The website tells customers exactly what to bring to complete the transaction and also directs AAA members to the closest AAA offices for renewals. The online application includes a bar code that will be scanned to retrieve the customer’s information in the system to save time in line. Renewal customers requesting a standard card may be able to perform their renewal successfully online, without coming in for the transaction in person.


Before March 26, 2018: Customers can process renewals as usual – online or in person at a RMV Service Center or AAA location, (if they are a member of AAA).  The Registry encourages the public to renew early.

Lawful Presence Documentation

For U.S. citizens, a valid, unexpired U.S. passport is sufficient proof of lawful presence. U.S. citizens may also provide a certified copy of their U.S. birth certificate.

For permanent residents, a valid permanent resident card (green card) is sufficient proof of lawful presence.

For customers who are not U.S. citizens, valid, verifiable immigration documents as well as proof that they have been granted a legal stay in the U.S. for at least 12 months is required. Their license or ID will expire when their legal stay is over.





Good Morning Southwick Families,

We are all shocked by the horrific events that occurred at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  Our hearts go out to the many families touched by the tragedy in Florida and our deepest sympathies are with them. The members of the Southwick Police Department is working cooperatively with the Southwick Public Schools and have in place, procedures and safe guards in order to keep students, faculty, and staff safe throughout the school day.

While incidents of this nature rarely follow a prescribed “rule book,” we regularly train in order to properly respond in case such an event should arise. Portions of this training include recognizing indicators of a potential problem.

The partnership we have with the Southwick School Administration allows us to work together to thoroughly investigate all potential threats involving the safety of students and staff.  Although no one can predict the future we will continue to prepare, train, and conduct our due diligence in order to allow our students to learn without fear.


Chief David A. Ricardi