FRAMINGHAM – In January 1985, Owen Babineau started working with the Framingham Police Department as a dispatcher.
At the time, he answered calls calmly for hundreds of individuals in need of help, providing information, and acting as the first point of contact for people in need.
A year later, he was hired as a full-time Framingham Police Officer, continuing to provide help to those in need but also responding to emergencies.
Over his 36 year career, Officer Babineau was assigned to the Detective Bureau, the Street Crimes Unit, the Bicycle Unit, and the Motorcycle Unit for the department, according to Framingham Police.
Throughout his career, numerous federal and state agencies thanked him for his assistance on cases, said Chief Lester Baker. There are several letters in his file.
“Owen received numerous letters from other police departments for his help on cases,” said Chief Baker.
“It is impressive how much of an impact he had,” said Framingham Police Chief Lester Baker. “There are numerous letters from citizens, schools, and Cub Scouts thanking him for his help. When you get people – everyday residents – to take time and put pen to paper to thank an officer, it is clear he made an impression. He has numerous letters like this in his file.”
Officer Babineau was also recognized by his own department too, with letters of merit and the police service award, said the Framingham Police Chief.
“Owen was nothing but positive,” said Chief Baker. “He had an infectious smile. He could always be counted on. He was a great officer.”
Officer Babineau was an instructor for the Citizen’s Police Academy, teaching OUI (operating while under the influence) detection.
“He loved his job and he loved his community,” said Chief Baker. “He will be missed.”
Photo courtesy of Framingham Police