Saturday, June 6, 2020

In the News: "For area police departments, there’s never enough training"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
“It’s like an insurance policy,” said Franklin Police Chief Thomas Lynch, whose department belongs to the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council, which includes nearly 50 cities and towns.

Lynch acknowledged the average police officer lacks full training in areas like crowd control, formation and keeping cool under pressure.

“You try to keep as cool as you can,” he said. “It’s very difficult.”

To achieve a level of calm, Lynch said his officers participate in training exercises that simulate interaction with what Lynch called “agitators.” Franklin officers are also trained in use-of-force and de-escalation tactics, although the chief acknowledged that training is unlike real situations."

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Chief Lynch talked about training and the use of force policy at the Town Council meeting June 3
Policy page and data as referenced

creen capture of Chief Lynch during the budget hearing on May 27
screen capture of Chief Lynch during the budget hearing on May 27

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