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June 27, 2020

Amid calls for police reform, better training needed to handle mental health emergencies: Experts

Dr. Jennifer Skeem, a professor of psychology at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, who has researched police mental health reforms, agreed and said this stems from the general stigma against mental illness in the country.

Activists in Worcester want the city to reduce police funding. New proposals would use some police funding for social services.
June 23, 2020

Worcester Looks To Framingham For Ideas Amid Defund Police Debate

WORCESTER, MA — Amid a major push to cut funding for Worcester police, city officials are considering new efforts to boost public safety by hiring social workers — a cue taken from a program implemented in Framingham almost 20 years ago.  
June 16, 2020

Franklin Police Respond to President's Order on Police Reform

The Franklin Police Department is already actively engaged in this process on many levels. For mental health calls for service and follow up we already have in place our Jail Diversion Program.

June 2, 2020

Race, Police & the Pandemic: A Conversation with Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb, a staff writer for The New Yorker, author of several books, and The Ira A.