Monday, April 07, 2014 • 9:47 AM Comments ()

Tonight: Meet the Next SPD Head

posted by Maureen Turner

Want to know what John Barbieri has planned for the Springfield Police Department?

Tonight, the city’s incoming police commissioner will make a public presentation of his top priorities in his new position. Barbieri, an SPD deputy chief who was recently selected by Mayor Domenic Sarno to succeed Commissioner William Fitchet after the latter’s forthcoming retirement, will talk about his five main priorities, then answer questions from the public that were previously submitted (and, I think we safely assume, vetted).

The event will be held at Van Sickle Middle School (1170 Carew St.) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). If you can’t make it in person, the presentation will also be shown on the city’s public access station, and video will be posted on the City Hall website.

Residents will, no doubt, be eager to hear Barbieri’s plans for addressing the ongoing problem of street crime, on this Monday following a weekend that saw multiple reports of gunfire and shootings that left five people injured.

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