“We’re looking for assurance on your part that this town is well protected,” Vallee said.
On average, towns with similar size populations have up to 50 officers, while Franklin currently has 43, with two more expected to arrive from the academy in January, according to Vallee.
Yet the statistics on crime do not justify the hiring of additional officers, Semerjian said. The stats show that since 2008, arrests and calls have steadily declined. For instance, arrests peaked in 2008 at 545; last year, there were 269.
“Were not dealing with (the kind of crime) that Framingham or Woonsocket is dealing with,” Semerjian said, adding, “Is the fear real, or imagined?”Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here
You can also find my notes from the full budget hearing Thursday evening here