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Hiring Part Time Police Officers

The Southampton Police Department is looking to hiring Part Time Police Officers. Please visit the resources page to download the application.



Congratulations to Chief David Silvernail on his retirement!

The members of the Southampton Police Department greatly appreciate your many years of loyal and dedicated service to the community of Southampton. The knowledge, experience and standards you set were unprecedented. Your professionalism will not be forgotten; your legacy will live on by those you mentored. Congratulations on your retirement! we wish you the best of luck in the next chapter of your life!

April 23, 1986- October 19, 2015


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Larceny from Pure Food Market

We are looking for your help in identifying the male in this video.  

We are looking for your help in identifying the male in this video.  Please contact Officer Cook with any information you may have.



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Lottery Scam Letter and fake check

Please be aware that there have been reports of a Lottery scam letter and fake check being delivered to residents in Southampton. The letter states that you have won the third category of the Mega Millions Sweepstakes.

Please be aware that there have been reports of a Lottery scam letter and fake check being delivered to residents in Southampton. The letter states that you have won the third category of the Mega Millions Sweepstakes. The letter states that you have won $125,000.00 and they send you a check for the sum of $4,450.00 and advise you that all you need to do is pay the tax amount of $3,400 dollars to claim the balance of your winnings. ***** Please do not send any money to these people******* This is a scam and you will not get your money back. Never send money to anyone you do not know, especially via western Union or Money Gram. Please see the attached photos of the letter and the check that was sent to a resident in Southampton. The check looks authentic but it is a fake check and you be held accountable for the money taken from your account.



Husband charged after wife faced night of terror in alleged Southampton kidnapping, assault

SOUTHAMPTON - Police say a fight between a Springfield couple Sunday night escalated Monday into violence and death threats after David Smith allegedly kidnapped his wife from their son's home before returning to town, where he was arrested in a restaurant. Smith, 59, broke down in tears as he pleaded innocent Tuesday in Northampton District Court to charges of assault and battery, kidnapping, intimidating a witness, threatening to commit a crime, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot) and assault to commit a felony.

The incident began Sunday night, when Valarie Smith left a dispute with her husband, David Smith, in their Chipmunk Road home in Springfield to stay at their son's house on Valley Road in Southampton, according to Southampton

The couple had been fighting, Smith told police, and he had threatened her repeatedly with a metal pipe.

The next day, as Smith left her son's home, her husband appeared, and when she opened the window of her car, he grabbed her hair, forcing his way into the car, said Southampton Police Chief David Silvernail.

The chief said Smith threatened to kill his wife as he drove them to Brattleboro, Vt., which is where they married and honeymooned some 40 years ago. As they drove, Smith repeatedly confronted his wife about a suspected affair and forced her to empty the contents of her purse between his legs, according to court documents.

"He threatened to shoot her, he said he was going to kill her, he said he was going to blow her head off," Silvernail said. He said police have not recovered a weapon, but Valarie Smith told police that her husband repeatedly gestured as if he had a gun under the left side of his coat.

"She fully believed he had a gun," Silvernail said. "She went along with him and pacified him during the trip just trying to stay alive."

During the ordeal, Valarie Smith made six calls to the couple's adult daughter, Silvernail said, and left the phone line open so her daughter could hear the threats being made. When Smith noticed she was using her cell phone to call for help, he removed the battery and threw it in the back seat, according to court documents.

After she managed to convince her husband that she wouldn't press charges, the couple started back home from Vermont and decided to meet with their son at the Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery on College Highway, according to police.

"She did a fantastic job of keeping the issue from getting worse," Silvernail said. "She was under the threat of being murdered by her husband."

While the couple was en route, their daughter, from East Longmeadow, alerted police to the situation. When a plan was made with the couple's son for them to meet him at a local restaurant, he informed the police where they would be.

Silvernail said the arrest was made without incident around 3 p.m. Monday at the restaurant. The attack was the first alleged kidnapping he had seen in Southampton in years, Silvernail said. He applauded local officers who responded calmly to a much more serious situation than they expected.

"I can't think of another circumstance like this that we've dealt with," Silvernail said. "It all unfolded rather quickly. The officer wasn't aware of the whole severity of the situation."

In court Tuesday, Judge Richard J. Carey ordered Smith sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for 20 days, where he will complete a mental health and competency evaluation before his pretrial hearing set for March 3.



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Don’t Give the Burglar a Helping Hand

Most home burglars are amateurs looking for easy targets. They're looking for homes which present the least risk of detection; the greatest opportunity for easy gain; and the maximum potential for escape. They're looking for homes which appear unoccupied and unprotected; homes without adequate locks and lighting; open or unlocked doors and windows; and home sites which provide easy concealment from neighbors and passing motorists.

Unfortunately, the burglar doesn't need to look around very long to discover "Welcome Burglar" signs unwittingly left around many homes. It is even more unfortunate when you realize that all it takes to make your home less inviting to a burglar is a little common sense and several easy, effective and inexpensive crime prevention measures. By following the suggestions in this brochure you can decrease your chances of becoming a burglary victim.

Survey Your Home

Look at your home through a burglar's eyes. Does it look like an easy target? Are there obvious security weaknesses?

  • Shrubbery should not obscure doors and windows. Trim the growth so that a burglar cannot work undetected.
  • At night leave a few lights burning outside your home. Lights over doorways and garages, and strategically placed floodlights will make your home less inviting to a burglar.
  • Windows and doors should be securely locked. Inadequate locks should be replaced or supplemented.
  • Make your home look occupied at all times.

Common sense is all that is needed to identify most security weaknesses around your home. To supplement your survey and for more complicated security problems in Southampton, contact the Southampton Police Department (413) 527-1120 for a free home security survey. At your request a Crime Prevention Officer will survey your home and give you his/her security recommendations.
What is a Good Lock?

Crime Prevention experts recommend deadbolt locks to provide the security needed for exterior doors. The bolt should extend at least one inch into the door frame to provide adequate security.

Many homes are equipped with spring-latch door locks. Most spring-latch locks can be easily jimmied by even the most inexperienced burglar. Replace or supplement any spring-latch locks with a good deadbolt lock.

Other good security locks such as the jimmy-resistant rim lock are available. Ask your Crime Prevention Officer about the best locks for your home.

When you move into a new home, or if you lose your house keys, contact a locksmith to change the tumblers inside the lock. The change can be done quickly and inexpensively, and it makes the old or lost keys useless.

Don't forget to lock up. Even the best locks provide no protection if left unlocked. Securely lock your home even if you plan to be away for only minutes.
Secure Doors and Windows

Wooden exterior doors have either Solid Core or Hollow Core construction. Solid Core Doors provide the greatest security. They are able to withstand attacks by burglars, and are best suited for installation of good locks.

If an exterior door contains a glass panel or is near a window, you should install a double-cylinder deadbolt lock which requires a key to unlock it from either side of the door. This lock will prevent a burglar from reaching inside to unlock the door after breaking the glass.

Hang a key out of reach but in a known location in case of emergency

Doors which swing open to the outside have exposed hinges in easy reach of the burglar. These doors can be secured by the "hinge pinning" technique:

  • Remove opposing screws from both sides of each hinge plate.
  • Insert pin into hole on door FRAME, leaving a 1/2 inch protrusion.
  • Drill out opposing hole to fit pin when door is closed.

Open garage doors attract burglars.


Follow SPD on Twitter and Facebook

The Southampton Police Department has begun using the popular social networking sites Twitter and Facebook to communicate with the residents of Southampton and neighboring communities.

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Sex Offender Request Information

Information on Level 3 sex offenders can found on the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry website. Information on Level 2 sex offenders in Southampton can be obtained upon written request.

Requestors must sign and submit a sex offender request form, which can be obtained through the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry website and submitted to Sergeant Groeber at the Southampton Police Department.


If you you have any additional questions please email Sergeant Groeber.

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Click here to download the sex offender request form.


Article XI - Matter on Public Ways or Places

Sec. 1. No person shall place or cause to be placed in any street, lane, common, park, court, alley or other public place in the Town, any dirt, filth, ashes, garbage, decaying animal and vegetable matter or snow, ice, or rubbish of any description providing, however, that it shall not be unlawful for any person to place ashes, sand or other suitable material upon any public sidewalk in the Town.

Sec. 2. Any person who violates this by-law shall be liable to a penalty of twenty ($20.00) dollars for each violation.


Defining a Disability Plate, Placard or Disability Veteran Plate

Disability Placards are issued to qualified Massachusetts residents on a temporary or permanent basis. A person may be issued only one valid placard at a time.

Disability Veteran Plates are issued only to qualified Massachusetts resident veterans who meet the same qualifications as those applying for a disability plate. This claim must be supported by a statement of disability from the Veteran's Administration. These plates are issued only to persons who have a passenger vehicle registered in their name.

Misuse of a Disability Placard or Plate

The use of a Disability Placard, or the special privileges associated with a Disability Plate, is restricted to the person to whom the Placard or Plate is issued.

Misuse of a Disability Placard or Plate may result in suspension or revocation of the Placard or Plate. In addition, the Registrar shall suspend for 30 days the license or right to operate of a person who misuses a Disability Placard or Plate. Anyone who wrongfully displays a Disability Placard is subject to a fine of $500 to $1000.

A parking ticket may be issued. Unauthorized parking in a handicap spot is illegal in the violator is subject to a fine of $100 in Southampton.


Did possession of an ounce or less of marijuana become legal on January 2, 2009?

Question 2 amended chapter 94C of the General Laws by adding three new sections, 32L through 32N, and amending language of section 34 of chapter 94C to conform to the new law.

The new Section 32L changes the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana or THC from a criminal offense to a civil offense, making it punishable by civil penalties and forfeiture of the contraband. How ever it is still illegal, just not criminal . For an adult the offense is punishable by a $100 civil penalty and forfeiture of the contraband.  An offender under the age of 18 is subject to the $100 civil penalty and forfeiture of the contraband, and is also required to complete a drug awareness program within one year of the offense, with enhanced penalties for failure to comply.  


School Bus Traffic Advisory

School is back in and now is a good time to remind drivers of the laws and safe practices to take when approaching a school bus.

  • "Stop on Red, Kids Ahead" is this year’s theme for School Bus Safety Week and reminds motorists to watch for flashing lights because the school bus is preparing to stop.

  • Leave adequate space between your vehicle and the bus.

  • Never attempt to pass a bus when it is stopped or preparing to stop.

  • You must always stop if you are moving in the same direction as a stopped bus when the lights are flashing.

  • You must stop for a stopped bus if you are on a two-way street or highway moving in either direction. The only exception is if you are moving in the opposite direction as the bus and you are on a highway divided by a raised barrier or an unpaved median at least five feet wide.

  • Remain stopped until the bus stop signal is withdrawn.

  • Be on the lookout for kids around school bus loading and unloading areas.

When approaching a vehicle which displays a sign bearing the words "SCHOOL BUS" and which is equipped with front and rear alternating flashing red signal lamps which are flashing, as provided in section seven B, and which has been stopped to allow pupils to alight from or board the same, a person operating a motor vehicle or trackless trolley shall, except when approaching from the opposite direction on a divided highway, bring his vehicle or trackless trolley to a full stop before reaching said school bus and shall not thereafter proceed until the warning signals are deactivated, unless directed to the contrary by a police officer duly authorized to control the movement of traffic. Any person who violates the preceding sentence shall be punished by a fine of not less than $250.00.


Massachusetts Graduated Licensing Law Update


Major progress in protecting the safety of teen drivers in Massachusetts was made on January 3, 2007 when the Governor signed into law the long awaited Junior Operator’s Bill. The law, which was last changed in 1998, includes many significant changes that any teen currently in the process of obtaining a junior operator’s license or will soon begin the process should be aware of.

Many changes to the law will not immediately take effect. The RMV is hard at work implementing the stricter penalties called for in the law which will be made effective March 31st, 2007 and the changes to the driver’s education requirements which will take effect on September 1st, 2007. There will be updates to the website which will explain in detail the penalty changes as well as other provisions, so please be on the look out for new material.

Effective immediately is the Registrar’s oversight of driver’s education and several other provisions impacting the Commonwealth’s driving schools. A new, standardized driver's education curriculum has been posted on our website and the RMV is in the process of developing a final test to be given to each student upon completion of driver education. In addition, driver’s education instructors can look forward to having a section of the RMV website dedicated to keeping them up to date on the changes and other useful information that applies to their industry.

Also effective immediately are strict penalties for learner’s permit holders operating a motor vehicle without a licensed driver, 21 years of age or older, with at least 1 year of driving experience. The penalties are as follows:

  • 1st offense: 60-day suspension
  • 2nd offense: 180-day suspension
  • 3rd or subsequent offense: 1-year suspension

Further, individuals caught violating this provision are considered to be operating without a license which is a criminal offense carrying a fine between $100 and $1,000.

The law is designed to ensure that teen drivers are not only getting the best possible training before they are fully licensed but that they are also aware of the responsibilities associated with getting behind the wheel.

Be sure to review the material on the RMV website under the Teens and Parents section for more detailed information.


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