Springfield's incoming police commissioner is vowing to make the department more proactive rather than reactive when it comes to crime.


John Barbieri told a crowd of more than 300 residents at his first public meeting on Monday night that to do so he needs the community's help to crack down on crime.


The meeting came after a weekend in which there were five shootings in the city.


Barbieri takes over from current Commissioner William Fitchet on June 1.


Barbieri laid out his five-point plan at the meeting. It includes in the patrol unit; improved response times; clearly defined responsibility for line supervisors; improved community relations; and a an internal analysis of emergency responses.


The new commissioner also promised to hold more public meetings in the future.