WHAT IS THE FRAMINGHAM AUXILIARY POLICE?
The Framingham Auxiliary Police (FAP) is a dedicated group of about 25
men and women who volunteer their time and energy to make Framingham a
better and safer place to live and work. The auxiliary officers provide
in excess of 4000 hours of community service to the town annually. Our
officers receive no pay or other compensation for their volunteer efforts.
The U.S. Office of Homeland Security has identified several important
prevention and protection activities that local communities are responsible
for. The activities include preparedness, detection, response, recovery,
and incident management. As part of the towns’ Emergency Management
agency, the FAP is an integral component of Framingham’s prevention
and protection measures helping to ensure the safety of the community.
The FAP officers come from a variety or backgrounds and occupations including
electricians, managers, business owners, security professionals. nurses,
accountants, and doctors. There are a number of reasons why
they have joined and serve with the FAP. The primary reason is that our
officers enjoy giving back to the community that they live and work in.
For many of our officers, the FAP is a life long commitment. We currently
have a number of officers who have served for well over 10 years, and
a few approaching 25 years of service. In fact our current roster of officers
have collectively accumulated over 176 years of service to the Town of
Framingham with an average tenure of over 9 years.
The Framingham Auxiliary Police was founded in 1942 during World War II,
and formed through the Civil Defense Act. The organizations primary function
was to serve as Air Raid Wardens as part of Civilian Defense, Auxiliary
officers patrolled the town to ensure that citizens were complying with
the black-out orders. The officers were not permitted to carry flashlights
during their tours of duty, for fear that an enemy aircraft might spot
it's beam of light during an attack of our country.
Following the war, the FAP continued to serve the town, but with a different
focus. Auxiliary officers began patrolling town property, watching for
vandalism, checking for improperly secured buildings and assisting the
Framingham Police in whatever capacity requested.
The FAP is still to this day organized under the Massachusetts Civil Defense
Act. The term Civil Defense is currently referred to as Emergency Management.
The dictionary defines auxiliary as “Acting as a subsidiary; supplementary;
held in or used as a reserve”. Our officers do not replace, fill
in for, or take on duties normally assigned to Framingham Police Officers.
Our volunteer efforts enhance, supplement, and expand the services provided
by the Framingham Police Department to the community.
Our officers operate a marked Police cruiser a minimum of two nights per
week and patrol the entire town. We check town property and assist the
Framingham Police as requested . These patrols perform a number of functions.
First, we operate as an additional set of eyes and ears for the Framingham
Police. Secondly, we supplement department by providing assistance at
accidents, fire scenes and other incidents, allowing Framingham Police
officers to be available for higher priority calls for service. This “hands-on”
involvement allows us be maintain a level of preparedness and training
in the event of an emergency.
addition to our scheduled patrols, we support the town by providing assistance
at community oriented events including the Boston Marathon, various road
races, fairs and walk-a-thons which occur in town, and the annual summer
Concert on the Green series. Auxiliary officers were part of the President
Clinton security detail when he visited Framingham in 1994. Auxiliary
officers volunteer to patrol the town on the nights surrounding Halloween
and provide additional police presence to the business and shopping areas
during the December holiday season.
Other services we provide are a child fingerprinting program which has
processed over 5,000 children since its origin. We also assist with the
towns annual Memorial and Veterans Day services, Flag Day Parade and the
Fourth of July fireworks.
HELPING IN EMERGENCIES
The FAP is called on to assist the Framingham Police Department in a variety
of circumstances ranging from the visit of President Clinton and the World
Cup Celebrations to significant weather events like the “The Perfect
Storm”, The No-Name Hurricane and The Blizzard 1978 .
When we are called on to assist with an incident, the Town of Framingham
knows we are prepared to come to the aid of the town and its citizens.
In addition to providing support at the incident scene, we are prepared
to provide additional staffing inside the Police Station, open and staff
the town’s emergency shelters and assist at the Framingham Emergency
The FAP has it’s own emergency response system which the Framingham
Police or Emergency Management can activate with a single telephone call.
Training the officers of the FAP has taken vast leaps over the years.
In the early days the training consisted of some first aid training and
a quick run down of the officer's duties.
Our current training consists of a State sponsored Intermittent/Reserve
Police Officer Academy. Upon completion of the academy, our officers receive
certification in First Responders first aid, CPR and use of Defibrillation
units carried in all Framingham Police patrol vehicles. Our recruits undergo
approximately 200 hours of training before becoming a uniformed member
of the FAP.
Our officers then enter a field training phase where they are coupled
with senior officers who help them understand the policies, procedures
and protocol of the FAP and the Framingham Police Department. They also
learn the geographic and unique characteristics of Framingham.
Our training is ongoing, and includes maintaining certification in all
equipment carried as well as our first aid and CPR. Each month we hold
training sessions on subjects including defensive tactics, verbal communication,
narcotics, officer safety, fire safety, and crime scene security.
In response to the events of September 11th, we have updated our training
schedule to include training on incidents involving weapons of mass destruction,
chemical and biological incidents, and communication protocol during critical
incidents. While it is our distinct hope that we will not need to call
on these skills, as part of Emergency Management we have a duty to the
residents of the Town of Framingham to be prepared should the need arise.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
If you would like more information about becoming a member of the FAP,
you are invited to attend our monthly meeting, which is normally held
at the station on the third Monday of every month at 7:30PM.
“I would say the vast majority
of police departments need volunteers to help make their departments function.
The Chief here in Knoxville was telling me that he could not live without
the fact that we've got a lot of volunteers right from your community,
probably your neighbors, that go down there on a daily basis, to help
make the Police Department function more smoothly. This is a good way
to help in your community”
April 8, 2002