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DONATION TO SOUTHWICK POLICE K-9 FUND APPRECIATED

DONATION TO SOUTHWICK POLICE K-9 FUND APPRECIATED

It was an honor at the Veterans Day Parade ceremony to accept a donation from the VFW for our K-9 program. 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 $1,000.00. It is obvious that the hard work of the membership of Post 872 went a long way in being able to make such a donation.

The donation will be allocated for the enhanced development, safety equipment and/or maintenance related to the K-9 program. In today’s economy we have learned donations play an integral part in being able to maintain this and other valuable programs for our community.

Chief Dave Ricardi

ANNUAL BOY SCOUT FOOD DRIVE

ANNUAL BOY SCOUT FOOD DRIVE
Saturday, November 12th and Saturday, November 19th
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 12th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and collecting them on the 19th during the same hours. We are asking for the next 2 Saturdays that you be alert for Scouters and slow moving vehicles.
Let’s have a Safe and Enjoyable Holiday
Chief Dave Ricardi

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
MTF ADDS ITS VOICE TO ANTI-MARIJUANA CAMPAIGN
Predicting marijuana users will grow their own plants and take other steps to avoid taxes, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation on Thursday added its voice to those opposing Question 4, which legalizes adult use and retail sale of marijuana.

In a position paper signed by MTF President Eileen McAnneny, she concludes, “People have a lot to consider as they vote on Question 4, but believing this is a significant new revenue source for the state is not one of them. Question 4 is a bad deal for taxpayers that could leave us subsidizing the marijuana industry and that’s why the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is opposing it.” McAnneny called the initiative petition’s home-grow provision, which allows every adult to grow six plants, “the most generous in the nation and questioned why marijuana users would opt to buy retail and pay a 10 percent tax. An exemption from taxation for medical marijuana will also incent people to use that system as a means of accessing marijuana to avoid taxation, according to MTF. The foundation disputed the question sponsor’s claims that its passage will generate $100 million in new tax revenues, or more than enough to cover regulatory costs. Even if $100 million were generated, MTF says “it is indisputable that expenses will outpace revenues in the short-term.” MTF also predicted indirect costs associated with addiction services, emergency room visits, and “drugged driving.” The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, which supports Question 4, on Thursday released a map showing the locations in Boston of police incidents and arrests for marijuana, concluding that it confirms that “while all races of people smoke and sell marijuana at similar rates, marijuana enforcement is disproportionately concentrated in communities of color.”
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Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Position on the Legalization of Marijuana

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Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association

Position on the Legalization of Marijuana

 

 

The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association has released their position paper on Question 4, legalization of Marijuana. See below.

Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association
Position on the Legalization of Marijuana

The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA) strongly opposes the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts. As veteran police officers, we believe that allowing the delivery, sales, transfer, growing, cultivating, processing and manufacturing of marijuana, and its derivatives would have a detrimental impact upon the citizens of Massachusetts for a variety of reasons.

Given that Massachusetts is mired in an addiction epidemic of historic proportions, now is not the time to increase access to marijuana, marijuana by-products and the high-concentrate THC products that would be permitted should the November ballot question pass. While many voters may be under the impression that the ballot question would permit the sale of marijuana in plant
form, it would also allow for the commercial sale of potent extracts including hash oil, resins, tinctures and various forms of concentrates that would include marijuana candy and beverages containing high levels of THC.

Should the November ballot initiative pass, we believe that Massachusetts would quickly suffer the same undesirable impacts taking place in Colorado and Washington State, where recently enacted laws now allow commercial marijuana sales. Those states have already seen surges in impaired driving, drugged-driving fatalities and diversion of bulk marijuana to other states, as well as the phenomenon of people flocking to those states for the purpose of buying and using drugs there. Most alarmingly, a study recently released in Colorado showed increasing use of drugs by young people after marijuana was legalized there.

While traffic fatalities involving drivers under the influence of marijuana and THC have increased in Colorado and Washington, there are no standardized field sobriety tests for driving while high, nor is there a scientific standard of measurement for law enforcement to determine impairment. There is no breathalyzer for weed.

The proponents of marijuana legalization would have voters believe that draconian drug laws have resulted in the arrest of people for possessing pot, but that’s not true. First of all, since 1975 possession of marijuana offenses in Massachusetts were automatically dismissed and the records were sealed. And since 2009, possession of an ounce or less of marijuana has been
“decriminalized” and people caught with weed are issued a $100 citation. In fact, as a result of decriminalization police officers have lost the authority to search vehicles for marijuana in all but the most extraordinary cases.

The proponents would also have you believe that allowing marijuana sales would cut into the profits of organized crime, but that’s not what has happened elsewhere. Our colleagues in Colorado have seen drug dealers come from other states to take advantage of the fact that people there can now buy pot legally. And given the choice between buying it in a store where it is “regulated” and taxed, and getting it on the street where no tax is paid, customers are attracted to the street. Colorado is not making the tax income voters had hoped.

We are encouraged by the recent outcome of a ballot initiative in Ohio where voters rejected legalization in spite of a $25 million campaign by the pro pot movement. Massachusetts voters should brace themselves for an onslaught of advertising financed by the Marijuana Policy Project and other pro-marijuana groups over the summer and leading into the November election. We hope and trust that voters will see through the rhetoric and falsehoods and realize that there is simply no advantage to legalizing the commercial sale of marijuana, and that the detrimental effects seen in Colorado and Washington would occur here if the ballot question were to pass.

We are proud to join the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts in working to defeat this terrible idea. We are encouraged that Governor Baker, Speaker DeLeo, Mayor Walsh and Attorney General Healey spoke out so soon about their opposition, as did the Construction Industries of Massachusetts, Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, all Massachusetts District Attorneys and many others.

Legalizing drug sales at this time in our history is a terrible idea. There is no benefit and the consequences would be dire. We hope voters will soundly reject the ballot question.

 

Chief Dave Ricardi

October 2016

Be Seen and Stay Safe……

Deer hunting season now underway in Massachusetts

Our residents are urged to wear florescent orange along with their pet while walking in wooded areas during the dates listed below.
Youth Deer Hunt Day: Oct. 1
Paraplegic Hunt:Nov. 3 – Nov. 5
Archery Season: Oct. 17 – Nov. 26…
Hunting on Sunday’s is prohibited by state law.

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN……BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

Back to school

Caution – School is back in Session
The summer is now officially over and the schools will be in session beginning on Thursday, September 2nd. We all can expect to be faced with an increase in various types of traffic.
The students will be making their way to school by utilizing a number of different modes of transportation. Some students will either be driven to school by bus or a parent while others will get some exercise by either walking or riding their bicycles to reach their ultimate destination.
This begins the season for an obvious increase in School Bus traffic. It is important that we keep in mind the traffic rules related to School Buses. Remember these vehicles are transporting our future leaders so drive carefully. A school bus driver will display the yellow lights on the bus when they are approaching a bus stop. Once the bus is stopped the driver will activate the red lights and the extended stop sign. When the students have safely exited the bus driver will deactivate the red lights and the stop sign.
If you are travelling before the schools are in session or directly after the schools are released for the day you can expect delays. We are asking that you be patient and understanding of the situation that everyone will be faced with until next summer.
Tips for driving in a school zone:
Slow Down Stop for School Buses
Allow More Time Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalk
Stay Alert Beware of Students walking to School
Learn the Rules Follow the Speed Limit
Thank you in Advance

Chief Dave Ricardi

Southwick Police v/s Southwick Fire 2016 Blood Donor

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Challenge

Monday, August 1

4 pm – 8 pm

15 Depot Street, Southwick

Each eligible donor will receive a FREE BIG E Ticket!

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Sign Up Today!!! Walk-ins are welcome!! Please contact Sue at 413.569.5348

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Police V/S Fire Blood Donor Challenge only happens ONCE a year. Let’s help the Southwick Police Department WIN the trophy back!!!

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THANK YOU…….

To: The Citizens of Southwick

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Southwick for their outpouring of support in light of recent national events. So many of the members of the community have taken their time to share their words of thanks, gifts of coffee and food for the Officers and staff, and other expressions of their never-ending support.  

It is our goal, every day and at every level of this Department, to serve the citizens of this community and to keep the Town of Southwick safe.  Your support and recognition of our efforts fuels and renews our dedication to this goal and touches the heart of each member of this Department.

With great appreciation,

Chief Dave Ricardi