Showing posts with label police. Show all posts
Showing posts with label police. Show all posts

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Franklin Police: Moonlight Smoke Shop Break In - 04/03/24

On Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at approximately 7:38 AM, the Metacomet Emergency Communication Center (MECC) received a call for a possible break in at the Moonlight Smoke Shop located at 447 East Central Street.

Moonlight Smoke Shop Break In
Moonlight Smoke Shop Break In
Upon officers’ arrival they observed the glass on the front door had been smashed and entry made. A witness reported a blue vehicle fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival. Officers checked the area and were unable to locate the vehicle or any suspects.

Officers and Detectives remain on scene and are investigating. It is unknown at this time what, if anything, was taken from the shop. No further information will be released at this time as this in an ongoing investigation.

There were two previous break-ins at this shop recently, once on Sunday, February 4, 2024 and again on Sunday, March 10, 2024. Three juveniles were charged in relation to the February 4th incident. The March 10th incident remains under investigation.

For info about the Franklin Police Dept, visit them on the Town of Franklin page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/police-department

Monday, April 1, 2024

Franklin Police Department accepting applications for NON-ACADEMY trained candidates

Franklin Police Department accepting applications
Franklin Police Department accepting applications 
"The Franklin Police Department is accepting applications to join our team. We are seeking NON-ACADEMY trained applicants at this time! 
Please see the attached flyer for more information on the entrance exam through www.getbadged.com
We are anticipating offering a conditional offer of employment by May 2024. 
If you know anyone interested in a career with the Franklin Police Department please share this with them!"



Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Middle school program on Technology/Social Media at Horace Mann, Mar 26 at 6 PM

Technology/Social Media
Technology/Social Media
"For parents of middle schoolers at HMMS (and I’m sure they’re happy to have all middle school parents interested).

Technology/Social Media Info Night with Officer Ayer, Tuesday 3/26 at 6pm

Officer Ayer and Principal Motte will be hosting an evening event for HMMS parents/guardians to learn more about the impacts of technology and social media on the lives of the middle school student. We will provide some information on what we are seeing in our roles as Principal and School Resource Officer, and will provide resources for parents to stay informed. 
We hope this can be an opportunity to share our experiences, raise awareness, and identify ways we can work together to help our middle schoolers live healthy lives. This event will take place in the HMMS Library."




Thursday, March 21, 2024

Franklin Police Department’s 2024 Leadership Camp

***LEADERSHIP CAMP***

2024 Leadership Camp
2024 Leadership Camp
Registration is open for the Franklin Police Department’s 2024 Leadership Camp. Camp will run from July 15-19 for children entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Campers learn about the many aspects of law enforcement and work together to develop leadership skills and responsibility. Officers and kids have an amazing time working and learning together every year and we would like your family to be a part of it.

Follow the link in the QR code to sign up and we will see you there.

Please direct any questions or concerns you have about the camp to Officer Ayer of the Community Service Unit at aayer@franklinma.gov.


Sunday, March 10, 2024

Next Rise Up comes along March 16 with featured guest - Franklin Police Dept

Hey friend!!

It's so exciting to realize that our next Rise Up is just a week away: Saturday, March 16, at 10 AM.

We'll be meeting at the same location as last time: 

Franklin United Methodist Church

82 West Central Street, Franklin

*Entrance on the left, with a ramp available


We will be joined by Franklin Police Dept, who will hang out with us, have open discussion and Q&A time, and also talk to us about personal safety with disability


PS, You'll really want to save the date for April 20's Rise Up because I've collaborated with some town personnel for an amazing social opportunity... more info to come!


See you next Saturday!

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This one-hour social meet-up is intended to be a safe space for:
  • individuals navigating life with disability to meet others they can relate with
  • community partners to learn more about the population and share resources
  • support persons to meet other support persons

For additional information about this event, please visit ->  https://alirheaume.com/rise-up

Next Rise Up comes along March 16 featuring the Franklin Police Dept as guest
Next Rise Up comes along March 16 featuring the Franklin Police Dept as guest

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Mental Health: Kallie Montagano and Sonja Wagner (video)

"Welcome to Mental Health, the crisis of our time. 
My name is Ann Bergen. I am the host of this series of programs brought to you by Franklin TV whose mission is really to bring important topics relevant to the community out so we can inform the residents aware of issues that are very very important. 
The issue we have to address is mental health."

Video link -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gXvUrzkRMo

Kallie Montagano, Co-Response Program Manager
Sonja Wagner, Co-Response Clinician

For more about the Co-Response Program visit the Police Dept page ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/police-department/pages/co-response-program



Mental Health: Kallie Montagano and Sonja Wagner (video)
Mental Health: Kallie Montagano and Sonja Wagner (video)

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Annual Report Of The Franklin Police Department: FY 2023 Report

After nearly a five-year odyssey, the Franklin Police Department is pleased to announce the department was awarded Accreditation by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). Accreditation is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession. These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations and technical support activities. They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation, and holding facilities. The program not only sets standards for the law enforcement profession, but also for the delivery of police services to citizens. On October 26, 2022, the Franklin Police Department joined a select group of law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts (117) when we attained our initial accreditation. Accreditation awards are for a three-year period. Upon receiving accreditation, the department immediately started the process necessary to attain reaccreditation status in 2025.

On December 31, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed, “An Act Relative to Justice, Equity and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth”. Commonly referred to as the Massachusetts Police Reform law, the new law includes a certification system for police officers and departments, the creation of a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) commission, public access to police misconduct investigation records and addresses many other issues. The department has been working to implement the changes as the various commissions formed through the Act issue directives.

Many of the expected changes the law requires are already included within the standards necessary to meet certification I accreditation by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. The department is in a great position to meet or exceed the mandates instituted by the various commissions due to our attainment of accreditation in October, 2022. In May, 2022 the POST Commission started the three-year process of recertification for all police officers in the commonwealth. The certification of all law enforcement officers with last names beginning with A-H expired on July 1, 2022. We are pleased to announce that all 27 police officers with the Franklin Police Department with last names beginning with A-H passed the process and are certified for the next three years. On July 1, 2023 the certification of all officers with last names beginning with I-P expired and all 17 police officers passed the process and are certified for the next three years.

For the past several years, through the combined effort of the Franklin Police Department, Franklin Fire Department, Facilities Department and private vendors; we have been working to expand and modernize our public safety communications system. Enhancements to existing communications facilities and the addition of new locations with modern and advanced equipment throughout town will increase the coverage, reliability and clarity of the system. These enhancements will increase the communications ability and safety of our public safety personnel while answering calls for service. We are pleased to report the new digital platform has been tested, is operational and working well. To increase the operational capacity of our communications the department has started the process of adopting a simulcast system. The department is pleased to report our application to the Federal Communications Commission to establish a simulcast radio system has been approved. The equipment needed to operate this system has been purchased and we anticipate installation and utilization of the system will begin in the fall of 2023.

The Franklin/Medway Jail Diversion Program (JDP) was launched in 2018 and pairs specially trained crisis clinicians from Advocates Inc, with police officers at the Franklin/Medway Police Departments. These embedded clinicians respond to calls for service and 911 calls with patrol officers; providing immediate on scene de- escalation, assessment and referrals for individuals in crisis. The primary goal of the JDP is to re-direct individuals committing non-violent offenses out of the criminal justice system and into more appropriate community based behavioral health services. On-scene crisis interventions are facilitated through the dual response of police and a clinician to calls for service involving individuals in crisis.
The JDP program has been a major success and has benefited the town immensely. However, due to a number of different variables, the department has decided to move in a new direction in our efforts to provide superior mental health related services and will end our involvement in the regional JDP program with the Town of Medway and Advocates. In June, 2023 the department created the Franklin Police Department Co-Response Program. Similar to the JDP program, the department will hire trained crisis clinicians to pair with our officers to provide on-scene crisis interventions. The additional goals of the co-response program are to provide advanced mental health, addiction and other services to the residents of the town by directly hiring several trained crisis clinicians. Working in collaboration with other town personnel, co-response members will provide a holistic approach to the delivery of mental health services to the residents of Franklin. The department recently received a $100,000 FY24 grant from the Department of Mental Health (DMH) to fund the salary of a Co- Response Program Supervisor. The department is ecstatic to announce we have hired Kallie Montagano as the Co- Response Program Manager. Many may recall that Kallie was the departments first JDP clinician (2018-2021), who was instrumental in the implementation of the new program and only left due to a deserved promotion with Advocates. For the past two years she has been supervising JDP clinicians and overseeing implementations of the JDP Program in police departments throughout the area. The Co-Response Program's first goals are to solicit additional funding from DMH to add to the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds that were already designated to hire additional clinicians and to start the hiring process. Under the leadership of Kallie Montagano, we are confident the Co- Response Program will provide excellent services to the town and exceed expectations.

The opioid epidemic and drug overdoses continue to impact communities throughout the United States and Franklin. According to the Safe Coalition, 2,357 Massachusetts residents lost their lives to overdose in 2022. Massachusetts experienced a 2.5% increase in overdose fatalities between 2021 and 2022 and a 9.1% increase from pre-pandemic 2016. Fentanyl continues to be a major contributor and was present in 93% of fatal overdoses where a toxicology report was available. The Department responded to 24 reported overdose incidents during FY23, two (2) of which were fatal. Public Safety personnel administered the opioid reversal drug Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan, at 16 of the incidents. In FY22 there were 16 reported overdose incidents, three (3) of which were fatalities. In FY21 there were 33 reported overdose incidents, two (2) of which were fatal. The FPD continues to collaborate with our federal, state, local and private partners (SAFE Coalition) in our efforts to provide those suffering from substance use disorders with resources, referrals, assistance and support in their efforts to get well.

In 2019 all Norfolk County municipal law enforcement agencies and the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office joined in collaboration to form the Norfolk County Outreach Program (NCOP). This multi-jurisdictional effort includes the real-time reporting of overdoses and the identification of at-risk individuals throughout the county through the use of a shared data management system. Follow-up visits by law enforcement officers and our Co-Response clinician are conducted within 48 hours of the event to provide individuals with substance use disorder andIor their loved ones with appropriate resource information and access to treatment. The NCOP expanded its outreach by instituting a cross jurisdictional notification system that shares data with 13 of the 14 counties in Massachusetts. This achievement truly provides the FPD with the ability to have a more complete approach to identifying those in need of substance abuse services in our community. FPD personnel successfully conducted 22 of 24 follow-up visit attempts in FY23.

Although we responded to 24 reported overdose incidents in Franklin, we received an alert that three (3) Franklin residents had an overdose event in a community outside Norfolk County. Without this initiative we may have never known about these events and would not have been able to offer these Franklin residents resources and services.
 
In June of 2022 the Franklin Police Department joined the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Trust Building Campaign. The IACP Trust Building Campaign seeks to enhance trust between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve by ensuring positive police/community partnerships that promote safe, effective interactions, create strategies to prevent and reduce crime, and improve the well-being and quality of life for all. To join the campaign, law enforcement agencies must pledge, over the next 36 months, to implement twenty-five (25) key policies and promising practices in six key focus areas that are essential to enhance the trust and collaboration between a police department and its community. These key areas are: Bias-Free Policing, Use of Force, Leadership and Culture, Recruitment/Hiring/Retention, Victim Services and Community Relations. The department has implemented 21 of the 25 key policies and promising practices to date. One of the practices we recently undertook was to provide a community survey on public safety and law enforcement via social media to illicit opinions and feedback from the residents. We received 280 responses to date. A thorough description of the survey results and what we learned from the survey will be published soon. One of the questions important to the department and we will share the results here, was identifying what the community believes are the three greatest problems within the community from a list of 25 issues. The top three responses were Traffic Related Issues (49.3%), Mental Health Issues (44.3%) and Drug Abuse (31.8%).

We have previously discussed our response, initiatives and programs related to mental health and drug abuse related issues (Co-Response Program, Norfolk County Outreach, etc.). What is the department doing about traffic related issues and specifically infractions of motor vehicles laws? The department did not need a survey to identify that traffic related issues is the top concern of residents as it is the largest complaint and request for services we receive throughout the year. We increased our fleet of speed I sign board trailers from 2 to 3 with the purchase of an additional speed I sign board in December. In January, 2023 the department began a campaign to refocus on traffic enforcement. Spearheaded by the Operations Division, the goal is to increase stops of motor vehicle law violators in an effort to increase voluntary compliance with motor vehicle laws. During FY22 the department completed 1,868 motor vehicle stops. In FY23 the department stopped 3,348 motor vehicle law violators, representing an additional 1,483 stops or a 79.4% increase when compared to FY22. With the recent addition of 4 new officers being assigned to the Operations Division our goal is to increase the number of traffic enforcement directed patrols while simultaneously increasing the number of motor vehicle stops by 25% over FY23 numbers.

On August 3, 2022 the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) announced the adoption of a statewide standard for a proactive, integrated active shooter/hostile event response. EOPSS recognized the NFPA 3000: Standard for an Active Shooter I Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program as the statewide framework for hostile event planning, response, and recovery. NFPA 3000 establishes a model for cross- discipline collaboration designed to help communities prepare for and respond to potential hostile events. Since the adoption of the ASHER Program, the department has completed the updating of all school safety plans including Dean College. A huge thank you to Officer John Godino for completing this important task.

In May, 2023 all personnel from the Franklin Police Department and the Franklin Fire Department attended a joint ASHER related training with a focus on the Rescue Task Force (RTF) concept. In this concept, fire I rescue assets are teamed up with law enforcement to allow them to enter an active shooter scene earlier in the response, even before the scene is completely secured. By getting fire I rescue into the "warm zone" with police protection early, instead of waiting until the scene is declared fully secured, the treatment and evacuation of critically injured victims can be accelerated, which saves lives. The training was a major success, was well received by all personnel involved and was the first of what we expect will be annual training related to the ASHER concept.

I want to acknowledge the dedication and professionalism of the men and women of the Franklin Police Department who demonstrate daily their commitment to providing excellent services to the community. They are truly the best in the profession and regularly succeed in exceeding our stated mission, values and vision.

Mission, Values and Vision Statement Our Mission

The mission of the Franklin Police Department is to work collaboratively in partnership with our community to enhance the quality of life in our town, while maintaining order and protecting the people we serve. We will accomplish this mission by providing high quality law enforcement service, doing so with professionalism, honor and integrity.

Our Values

The Franklin Police Department exists to serve our community. We will respond to the needs of our community enthusiastically and professionally.
Central to our mission are the values that direct our everyday work and decisions, they assist us to contribute to an enhanced quality of life for the residents of Franklin.

Loyalty
We care about the people and the community we serve.
We are proud of the Department and the quality services we provide.
We recognize the importance of all Department members and treat each other with fairness, loyalty, and respect.

Integrity
We obey the law and respect the human dignity of all people.
We are committed to honesty and ethical behavior in all our actions.
We accept individual responsibility and accountability for our actions and decisions.

Leadership
We strive to inspire, influence and support those in our organization and throughout the community.
We believe leadership permeates the entire organization. We expect all members of the department to take initiative, seize leadership opportunities and solve problems.
We lead by example by being positive and enthusiastic in everything we do.

Fairness
We are dedicated to protecting the rights of all people.
We believe all people deserve impartial and effective services from the Department.
We are committed to fairness, strength, respect, and compassion in our interactions with the people we serve.
Accountability
We are accountable to each other and to those we serve.
We communicate openly and honestly among ourselves and with the community. We acknowledge our mistakes and are open to constructive criticism.
We understand the importance of community expectations and are responsive to community concerns.

Excellence
We are committed to excellence in the service we provide.
We are committed to excellence in the community we serve
We are committed to excellence in our personal performance and professionalism.

Our Vision

It is the vision and goal of the Franklin Police Department to perpetuate a strong work ethic that fosters pride in ourselves and in our department. We will be a model agency prepared to meet future challenges and will continue to grow and adapt to our ever-changing community by providing the highest level of service and protection to our citizens.

We will accomplish this goal by providing our employees with the tools, training and knowledge to meet and exceed all present and future needs of the Town of Franklin within the scope of law enforcement services.

We will continuously work in collaboration with the community to identify and address those areas requiring improvement. We will strive to adapt thus ensuring we continue to provide the level of service deserved by the community we serve.

The Police Dept report has more to it. The full Police Dept report can be found in one PDF -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tQMwgEIpuCny0AwLQgYDGpSDUL5CVF-v/view?usp=drive_link

The full Town of Franklin FY 2023 Annual Report can be found online

Annual Report Of The Franklin Police Department: FY 2023 Report
Annual Report Of The Franklin Police Department: FY 2023 Report

Friday, February 9, 2024

Franklin Police share sources for Internet safety with children

The Franklin Police Dept have two detectives assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force created the SMART Tips for Parents guide to promote Internet safety.


Visit for the resources available


Sunday, January 14, 2024

Mental Health Crisis series continues with discussion on Franklin Police response

"Yesterday (1/09/24) Clinicians Kallie Montagano and Sonja Wagner joined Dr. Bergen for an interview on Franklin TV. 
They discussed the new Franklin Police Co-Response Program, what it’s like working alongside police officers, how they assist us on calls, trends they're seeing in our community, and how they can close the gap on those who need services."


Once the video recording is available, the schedule for Comcast/Verizon subscribers will be shared. 

Once posted to YouTube, that link will also be shared.

The current playlist on YouTube contains 3 video episodes ->  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbAODFjFPJ0xz0S1gE-frJKC3DuBz20PA


Saturday, January 6, 2024

A friendly Winter Parking Ban reminder from Franklin Police Dept

Via Franklin Police Dept:

Dear Franklin,
It’s going to snow this weekend. That being said please reference the very official document below regarding on street parking. Winter parking ban by-law 170-60 will be in effect. 
The purpose of the winter storm overnight parking ban shall be to provide for the safe movement of police, fire and emergency medical service vehicles during snow and ice storms and otherwise provide for public safety during winter weather conditions. The parking ban shall also serve to enhance the capability of the Public Works Department to remove snow and ice from the roadways effectively and efficiently.
§ 170-61  Activation of parking ban.
A winter storm overnight parking ban shall automatically take effect upon occurrence of any of the following:
A. Snow, sleet, or freezing rain has fallen, or is imminent.
B. The National Weather Service and/or local television and/or radio stations or other media are reporting commencement of snow, sleet, or freezing rain within the local area or are predicting that snow, sleet, or freezing rain will begin in Franklin within 12 hours. 
Effect of parking ban.
The parking of any motor vehicle within the layout of the right-of-way of any public street or any roadway open to the public or on any municipally owned property is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. while a winter storm parking ban is in effect. 
Violations and penalties.
A. Winter storm overnight parking ban violators shall be charged a fine of $25 for each offense.
B. In addition to the foregoing penalty or in lieu thereof, the Town may have the violator's vehicle towed and stored at the violator's expense.
C. For purposes of this section, the vehicle's registered owner and any permitted user shall be deemed a violator. 
Effective time period.
This article shall be in effect from October 15 to April 15. 
Enforcement.  
The Franklin Police Department shall enforce the provisions of this article and shall be solely responsible for issuance of tickets and authorization of towing.
A friendly Winter Parking Ban reminder from Franklin Police Dept
A friendly Winter Parking Ban reminder from Franklin Police Dept

Friday, December 22, 2023

Franklin Police open a YouTube Channel (video)

Franklin Police Dept. adds a YouTube channel to their communication tools. The first video shares some of the events during the storm on Monday, December 18, 2023.

"This is a short 6 minute video capturing some of the storm on December 18, 2023"



Sunday, December 3, 2023

Sonja Wagner starts with FPD as the second mental health consultant

Sonja Wagner starts with FPD
Sonja Wagner starts with FPD

Via Franklin Police Dept 

"Please welcome Sonja Wagner to the Franklin Police Department. Sonja joins the FPD as our second clinician for FPD’s Co-Response Program.  
Sonja started in November and has already hit the ground running. Sonja is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has over 4-years of experience working with law enforcement in a co-response role and has prior experience working as a mental health counselor."




From the October 18, 2023 Town Council meeting, Kallie Montagano is introduced as she rejoins the Police Dept to lead the Co-Response Program. Kallie had joined the dept as part of the pilot grant several years ago, left for another opportunity and now has returned.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Milford Daily News: "Franklin Police have charged three people with assisting 15-year-old runaway girl"

"Three people — two adults and one juvenile — are being charged after police allege they helped hide a 15-year-old girl who ran away from home and avoided discovery for 11 days last month.

Alison Caruso, 48, of 8 Independence Way, Franklin, will be summonsed to Dedham Juvenile Court and is charged with concealing or harboring a fleeing child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Deputy Police Chief James West said.

She will also be summonsed to Wrentham District Court and charged with intimidation of a witness and reckless endangerment of a child.

In addition, Andrew Conway, 57, of 5 Constitution Court, Hopkinton, will also be summonsed to Dedham Juvenile Court and is charged with concealing or harboring a fleeing child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Police Station - 911 Panther Way
Police Station - 911 Panther Way

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

"Fill the cruiser" on Friday & Saturday this Thanksgiving weekend

"Please join us this Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25 for our annual Fill the Cruiser event. 
On Friday, November 24, we will be parked in front of BJ’s Wholesale Club and Marshalls from 9 AM until 3 PM. On Saturday, November 25, we will be parked in front of the Raillery Public House from 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM.

We are excited to fill as many cruisers with new and unwrapped toys, and for the older kiddos, we are requesting gift cards. Come by, say hi to our amazing officers and help us fill our cruisers."
Shared from -> https://www.instagram.com/p/Cz4GUt_sHIM/

"Fill the cruiser" on Friday & Saturday this Thanksgiving weekend
"Fill the cruiser" on Friday & Saturday this Thanksgiving weekend

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Help "Fill the cruiser" event, November 25 at Raillery Public House

Via the Raillery Pub 

"Join us for a Fill the Cruiser event!
we are looking for new and unwrapped toys to fill the cruiser!"

Help "Fill the cruiser" event, November 25 at Raillery Public House
Help "Fill the cruiser" event, November 25 at Raillery Public House

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Jonathan Butler Joins Franklin Police Dept.

Jonathan Butler
Jonathan Butler
"Welcome Officer Jonathan Butler to the Franklin Police Department. Officer Butler joined us this week as our most recent new hire.   
Officer Butler is a recent graduate of the Fitchburg State University Police Program/Police Academy. 
After a 13-week field training program he’ll join the patrol division!"


Wednesday, October 25, 2023

This Town Council Quarterbacking session condenses the Oct 18 Council meeting for you (audio)

FM #1088 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1088 in the series. 

This shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. This is one of a series of conversations meant to provide a recap of the prior Council meeting. Akin to one of the many sports post-game analysis broadcasts we are familiar with in New England,  this would be a discussion focused on the Franklin Town Council meeting of October 18, 2023: 
  • ok, what just happened? 
  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?
We cover the following key topics

(1) Town Clerk provided updates on the upcoming Oct 24 election for the new Tri-County school building and the Biennial Town election on Nov 7. Both votes will take place at the High School. Folks can vote early in the Town Clerk's office during business hours

(2) the swearing in of the new round of hires (backfill replacements) for the Police Dept. along with the introduction of Kallie Montagano who returns to the Dept in a new role as the Co-Response Program continues to grow. And last but not least, the introduction of Frankie, the departments new therapy dog

(3) approval of the license changes to enable Bob Vozzella to expand into his new space and operate with his farmers licenses for wine and beer at La Cantina Winery

(4) impactful and moving update from Jennifer Knight-Levine, CEO and cofounder of the SAFE Coalition on their work. The audio segment of her presentation along with the Q&A with the Council is shared separately. Her update includes the expansion of their work in meeting the needs of our community into handling the migrant housing needs  -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/10/jen-knight-levine-updates-council-on.html 

(5) Town Administrator Jamie Hellen's update on the migrant status will also be shared separately as an audio segment

Our conversation runs about 27 minutes. Let’s listen to this session of Town Council Quarterbacking recorded Oct 23, 2023.  Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1088-town-council-quarterbacking-10-23-23


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The Franklin TV video is available for replay -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-7D1fTJLhY  


Photo album of the police introductions and swearing in -> 

Jen Knight-Levine's update for the SAFE Coalition was shared separately as an audio  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/10/jen-knight-levine-updates-council-on.html 

Town Administrator Jamie Hellen's report including the migrant housing update was shared separately  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/10/town-council-segment-migrant-housing.html 


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This Town Council Quarterbacking session condenses the Oct 18 Council meeting for you (audio)
This Town Council Quarterbacking session condenses the Oct 18 Council meeting for you (audio)

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Franklin (MA) Police Press Release: Missing Person Update - Jazlyn Rodrigues Found Safe

October 23, 2023

Jazlyn Rodrigues, a 15-year-old Franklin, MA resident who has been missing since October 10th was found safe on October 21st.  She has been reunited with family.

Based upon our investigation, it appears that Jazlyn left her residence on October 10, 2023 on her own free will as a run-away.  Based on a tip, she was found at a residence in Hopkinton, MA on October 21, 2023.  It appears that Jazlyn had adult assistance throughout the entirety of her disappearance and nothing indicates that she was abducted or kept against her will.

Detectives are still investigating and charges may be filed at a later date for those who assisted in harboring or assisting her.  

The Franklin Police Department would like to thank the community and the following agencies for their assistance during this investigation:

New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN)
Hopkinton Police Department
Mansfield Police Department

Franklin (MA) Police Press Release: Missing Person - Jazlyn Rodrigues Found Safe
Franklin (MA) Police Press Release: Missing Person - Jazlyn Rodrigues Found Safe

Town Council observes Police new hires, hears of SAFE Coalition updates & migrant housing updates (audio)

FM #1086 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1086 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Town Council meeting held in Council Chambers on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. All 9 members  of the Council participated, 1 remotely (Frongillo). 


Quick recap:

(1) Town Clerk provided updates on the upcoming Oct 24 election for the new Tri-County school building and the Biennial Town election on Nov 7. Both votes will take place at the High School. Folks can vote early in the Town Clerk's office during business hours


(2) the swearing in of the new round of hires (backfill replacements) for the Police Dept. along with the introduction of Kallie Montagano who returns to the Dept in a new role as the Co-Response Program continues to grow. And last but not least, the introduction of Frankie, the departments new therapy dog


(3) approval of the license changes to enable Bob Vozzella to expand into his new space and operate with his farmers licenses for wine and beer


(4) impactful and moving update from Jennifer Knight-Levine, CEO and cofounder of the SAFE Coalition on their work. The audio segment of her presentation along with the Q&A with the Council is shared separately. Her update includes the expansion of their work in meeting the needs of our community into handling the migrant housing needs  -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/10/jen-knight-levine-updates-council-on.html


(5) Town Administrator Jamie Hellen's update on the migrant status will also be shared separately as an audio segment


5. APPOINTMENTS

a. Police Department - Swearing In of New Patrol Officers

i. Officer Parker Luther

ii. Officer Joseph Medina

iii. Officer Robert Young

iv. Officer Martin Zimei

b. Police Department - Introductions

i. Kallie Montagano, Co-Response Program Manager

ii. Frankie, Therapy Dog


The recording runs 1 hour and 47 minutes. Let’s listen to the Town Council meeting on Oct 18, 2023.  Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1086-franklin-ma-town-council-mtg-10-18-23



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The Franklin TV video is available for replay -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-7D1fTJLhY 

  

Town Council agenda doc -> https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/town_council_agenda_10.18.23.pdf 


Photo album of the police introductions and swearing in ->

https://photos.app.goo.gl/qanQvXdNFAvbQQN76


Jen Knight-Levine's update for the SAFE Coalition was shared separately as an audio  
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/10/jen-knight-levine-updates-council-on.html

Town Administrator Jamie Hellen's report including the migrant housing update was shared separately  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/10/town-council-segment-migrant-housing.html


My full set of notes captured via Twitter during the meeting are collected in a single PDF for easier reading  -> 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x70Z0z2GHI0n98J3Ybgu_Thk_TTo4Ese/view?usp=drive_link 

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The expansion of La Cantina Winery is progressing
The expansion of La Cantina Winery is progressing & the license transfers were approved at this session