Framingham Police Advisory Committee Working With Rep. Robinson and Chief Trask

FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Police Advisory Committee discussed ways in which State Representative Maria Robinson may be able to help the Framingham Police Department at its last meeting on Thursday evening.

Rep. Maria Robinson reached out to Committee member Nicole Doak a couple of months ago.

“She’s interested in doing what she can on the state level to help the police department,” Doak said.

Doak then passed along Framingham Police Chief Steven Trask’s idea along with the ideas of the Committee in an email to Robinson.

These included: Is there any legislation that would benefit the FPD? What are the most pressing needs/ issues that the FPD faces?

During Thursday night’s meeting, Chief Trask said one of the biggest issues he sees is the way in which the hands-free driving bill is linked to data collection for motor vehicle stops. The data collection asks police officers to guess the ethnicity of the motor vehicle operator.

“We don’t think that’s proper,” Chief Trask said.

As an alternative, Trask believes that when people renew their license, there could be a component where they self-identify their ethnicity.

Or, if they do not want their ethnicity listed on the actual license, to have it connected in the system somehow.

“It’s a very complicated issue,” Trask said.

The Police Advisory Committee awaits a response from Rep. Robinson.

Shauna Golden

Since she was little, Shauna knew that she wanted a career in a field that would allow her to practice her love of writing on a daily basis. While attending Framingham High School, Shauna took several journalism and television production classes. It was during her experience in those classes that Shauna recognized her dream of becoming a journalist one day. She graduated from Framingham High School in May 2014. Now, at 21-years-old, Shauna is a rising senior at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. She is studying journalism with a minor in French language. Shauna hopes to use her passion for writing to better the world one day. She has a drive for delivering news and using all forms of journalism (print, digital, and broadcast) to deliver those stories. Shauna is expected to graduate from Quinnipiac University in December 2017. After graduation, she looks forward to entering the communications field and continuing to learn and grow both as a journalist, and as a person.

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