Hot weather and crime sometimes seem to go together. But Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri told members of the City Council yesterday that the crime stats were looking far better this year than last. Still, the city’s new top cop says there’s no easy explanation for the decrease.
The new commissioner called for public cooperation with police at his swearing in at Springfield’s Old First Church.
Springfield’s incoming police commissioner on Monday night unveiled his top priorities as the city’s top cop. It was Deputy Chief John Barbieri’s first public presentation sine his appointment.
On Monday, John Barbieri will show off his PowerPoint skills in a half-hour or more public presentation at Van Sickle Middle School, then answer pre-submitted questions that have been screened by Mayor Domenic Sarno’s staff.
Eventually this good will is going be tested, when union leaders and Barbieri will find themselves on opposite sides of a negotiating table.
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Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Wednesday that John Barbieri will take over upon the retirement of current Commissioner William Fitchet in May.