65 Delmar Avenue
                                                Framingham, MA 01701
                                                April 5, 2019

        Framingham Police Department
        1 William Welch Way
        Framingham, MA 01702
        Attn: Steven Trask
              Police chief

Dear sir,

This is a request under the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M. G. L. Chapter 66, Section 10).

According to this article your staff will be reading out loud to second graders. The article points out it should not take a negative or horrific event to meet a police officer. This seems to imply that if a cop doesn't read to you, the only way to meet a cop is to have a negative or horrific event in their lives. Sounds right to me.

I have a few questions about a program that is clearly not in the purview of the Framingham police department, even if it is within their ability.

  1. Will the officer(s) be using a police cruiser to go to McCarthy?

    If so, will it be parked illegally? Just examine how your "school resource officers" park. I do. This shows people police do not follow the same parking rules as everybody else.

  2. Is there a cost code allocated to this activity or is this regardred as normal police work.

    Will we able to get an annual cost to the taxpayers?

  3. Is there a plan to do this at all our elementary schools? Why just McCarthy?

  4. After perusing through your new "Framingham Police Department Assessment" report, I should ask who gets these assignments?

    Have you published any guidelines for your staff on how to get these cushy job as SROs and second grade readers? Can I get a copy?

  5. I see this as a blatant attempt to advertise yourselves. under the guise of relationship building.

    I see no reason that this difficult work can't be done by an unarmed middle school student.

    Second graders shouldn't be taking up the valuable time of our police department. You people are professionals and should be doing that hard police work (whatever that might be).

    The "Framingham Police Department Assessment" report states that crime is falling almost precipitously (see page 7).

    As it stands, the Framingham police do not enforce marijuana or immigration laws.

    I see this as a way to get a school resource officer in every elementary school. You already have your crossing guards, traffic enforcement officers , traffic light button pushing officers .

    I am simply stating for the public record that I do not believe that this should even be in the purview of any police department and this even sounds like an attempt to metastasize your department.

  6. Will there be any attempt to balance the view of the Framingham police depoartment by showing the children any video clips of the Framingham police swat raid on Eurie Stamps Sr's house. .

    Why not bring in officer Paul Duncan (who is still gainfully employed by FPD) to talk to the children. Make sure he is armed.

  7. So you ignore federal immigration law and now you tell us it's important to waste taxpayers monies so your brave officers can read to second graders?

Were there any reports submited from the Framingham police response at the Crowne Plaza shooting incident given the heavy response I see in the log files? If so, may I acquire a copy? I did not see a police report in your log files.

Lastly, I'd like to acquire a copy of the police report 1902115 associated with the most recent police cruiser crash.

Let me know how much you intend to charge me ( by email: hjwolfe@gmail.com or by phone: 508-561-8452 ) for the privilege of acquiring public information gathered at my expense.

As you are aware, I must be provided with this information within 10 days.

If you cannot comply with my request, please provide an explanation in writing or email.

Sincerely yours,

Harold J. Wolfe

March 1, 2019
Zane Razzaq 508-626-3919 Metrowest Daily News
A new program called "Officer Read Aloud!" had its first session Friday morning. As part of the program, members of the Framingham Police Department read aloud to second-grade classrooms at McCarthy Elementary School.

Before visiting with second-graders, Framingham Detective Jay Ball looks over the book he was going to read, "A Penguin Pup For Pinkerton." Members of the Framingham Police Deptartment visited the McCarthy Elementary School Friday to participate in the "Officer Read Aloud" program. Each officer read to a different second-grade class.

FRAMINGHAM - McCarthy Elementary School was the site of heavy police activity Friday morning.

In full uniform, five members of the Framingham Police Department descended on the Flagg Drive school, armed with a stockpile of books with titles such as "A Penguin Pup For Pinkerton," "Gregory the Terrible Eater" and "Make A Wish, Honey Bear."

"Officer Read Aloud!", a new program that sees Framingham police officers reading aloud to second-graders at McCarthy, launched Friday. Every two weeks, officers will visit and read a book that was special to them as a child or one they have enjoyed reading to their own children.

"It's an opportunity to build relationships," said Deputy Chief Lester Baker. "This is the perfect age."

After her son James was recently sworn in as a Framingham officer, second-grade teacher Nancy Golden said she wanted to do something to combat "negative publicity" surrounding police, saying she wanted kids to become more comfortable around officers. When she approached the department to ask if officers could visit schools, she was referred to Baker, who was already working on a way to get more officers into classrooms.

"It just fit," said Golden. "It came together so perfectly."

Police Chief Steven Trask sat in front of a gaggle of wide-eyed second-graders seated on the floor of their classroom, finishing up "Sherman Crunchley" by Laura Numeroff. The story follows Sherman, a dog, who is expected to follow his father as Biscuit City's Police Chief but the only thing he likes about being a police officer is wearing a hat.

"What do you think Sherman is going to do?" Trask asked the children, flipping a page. "Sherman opens up, 'Sherman's House of Hats.' That's what he liked most of all, making hats. It's about finding something that you like to do. Do what you want to do, what makes you happy."

As Baker finished his session with students, he said he hoped they would get to know many officers through the program.

"I don't want you to be nervous when you see police officers. I want you to know their names," Baker told students.

Afterward, kids asked the officers questions, ranging from "Do you get paid to be a police officer?" and "What if you catch a bad guy, but all the cells are full?"

Principal Cynthia Page said there are many benefits to reading aloud to children, including helping them learn new words, build confidence and see reading as fun. But the most exciting part of the program is the relationship-building, said Page.

"It's a wonderful way to bridge the gap between the officers and our students," she said.

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