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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Police held a ceremony this morning, July 6, in which they promoted four officers to sergeant.

Promoted was Jay Ball, Rony Cesar, Andrew Crawford and Brian Curtis.

The ceremony was held in Nevins Hall in the Memorial Building. Assistant City Clerk administered the oat of office.

Framingham Police Chief Lester Baker and Mayor Yvonne Spicer spoke.

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Sergeant Curtis started his career with the Framingham Police Department in Sgt. Curtis has been assigned to evening shift patrol for the majority of his career.

Sgt. Curtis served as an operator on the Framingham SWAT team, a member of the Honor Guard, a Defensive Tactics Instructor, a Field Training Officer, and a PAL Assistant Boxing Coach.

Sgt. Curtis was pinned by his older brother Police Sgt. Dave Curtis.

Sgt. Ball grew up in Lawrence, is a veteran of the United States Army, and is a 2004 graduate of the 12th Municipal Police Officers Class (MPOC) at the MBTA Transit Police Academy in Quincy.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and will be starting a Masters’ Degree in Forensic Psychology in the Fall.

Sgt. Ball started his career with the MBTA Transit Police in Boston before transferring to the Milford Police Department, where he was assigned as a detective, working general duty, arson and narcotics cases. He transferred to the Framingham Police Department in late
2013 and was most recently assigned as the School Resource Officer at Framingham High School.

Sgt. Ball has worked as a detective assigned to the Metro West Drug Task Force, an evidence officer and midnight patrol officer. In addition, to his current assignment, lay is a Law Enforcement Liaison to the Middlesex County Veterans Treatment Court and instructs Mental Health First Aid.

Sgt. Ball was pinned by his wife Donna Marie.

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Sgt. Cesar’s law enforcement career began with the Framingham Police Department in 2008. Over 13 years, he has served as a Patrol Officer and a Computer Forensics Detective. His service also includes work as an Emergency Management Strike Team member, a Field Training Officer and a Defensive Tactics Instructor.

To assist with the Department’s ongoing community outreach, Sgt. Cesar has worked with the Framingham Adult ESL program, the Police Athletic League, and has been a school Community Helper as well as a Cyber Security Presenter to Framingham school PTOs.

Sgt. Cesar resides here in Framingham with his wife and two sons. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, his family emigrated to the U.S. when he was
young. After completing his pre-college studies here, he earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Southern New Hampshire University, where he is currently pursuing a Master’s in Criminal Justice.

Sgt. Cesar was pinned by his sons Mason and Jackson.

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Sgt. Crawford began his career in the City of Framingham in February of 2016 after graduating from the Reading Police Academy’s 24th Recruit Officer Class.

Since joining the Department, he has been assigned to the Patrol Division and worked across all 3 shifts. His most recent assignment was as a patrol officer in the evening shift.

Sgt. Crawford has served as a Field Training Officer, and in 2020 was selected to work alongside other Officers on the Motor Vehicle Theft Task Force.

He has received multiple Departmental awards including the Police Service Award, the Police Commendation Award, as well as multiple letters of Merit.

Sgt. Crawford was raised in Framingham and is part of multiple generations that have lived here. He is a 2002 graduate of Framingham High School.

He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in Psychology from Lynn University in 2007.

Sgt. Crawford was pinned by his mother Mary Crawford.

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