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.