Capt. Ronald Campurciani, a 26-year veteran of the West Springfield Police Department, is officially taking over the reigns as the chief.
"It's nice; it has been a long time," said Campurciani. "It's a good culmination to a long career."
Campurciani has been acting as the town's interim chief since March, when Chief Thomas Burke retired.
"The interim job isn't exactly an enviable position because you are just sort of managing the department," Campurciani said. "And, like I said, that's all I've been doing for the last eight months, but [Tuesday] I'm going to start running it, and we've got a number of directions that we want to go in."
As he steps up to the new role, he says one of the big goals he would like to achieve will be letting technology drive the department.
"What we are going to do is we are going to go to a lot of crime analysis," Campurciani said. "We are going to use a crime-mapping software, which is going to tell us where crimes are happening, the time's they are happening and what the probability that these crimes may be happening, and give us the best chance to put cops in those areas."
Another change on the horizon will be the police department's building.
"We have a great police department, we have great officers that work here and they work in spite of what this facility has been," Campurciani said. "We need a new facility."
The mayor says he is working on plans to renovate the facility, which currently sits within the town's municipal office building.
"We need to get funding for it first, so we're going to be approaching the city council about that to get designers' fees, to begin to do that evaluation of the police department," said Mayor Gregory Neffinger.
An official swearing in ceremony will be held for Campurciani on Dec. 3 at the Massachusetts building.
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