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FRAMINGHAM – Acting Police Chief Ron Brandolini gave a tour of the Framingham Police Department virtually and discussed staffing & programs with the Framingham Police Advisory Committee earlier this month.

The Framingham Police Department employs 136 sworn officers and 17 civilians. Animal control, the auxiliary officers, and crossing guards are also part of the department.

Police Officers are hired through a civil service process, this is “given out as a test every two years,” said Acting Chief Brandolini.

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During his presentation, Chief Brandolini discussed programs the police department runs and helps with including the jail diversion program and P.O.S.T. (post overdose support team). He said the department assists with the ESL program at many Framingham schools.

Launched in 2003, the jail diversion program is made up of trained police officers and clinicians from Advocates inc. This program works to provide “Immediate, on-scene, de-escalation, assessment, and referrals for individuals in crisis,” said Brandolini. It has become a program other departments have re-created.

After the presentation by Acting Chief Brandolini, the Framingham Police Advisory Committee discussed its planned community survey.

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Liberty Perron is a SOURCE intern and a senior at Keefe Technical High School.

By Libby Perron

I am a High school senior from the town Holliston but I am enrolled at Joseph P. Keefe regional technical school. I am in the Legal and Protective Career technical program and I am hoping to attend Ithaca college for their documentary film program. I am passionate about photography, music, journalism, and food.