Recomendations to improve the accountability of the Framingham
department should be a civilian board, with no present or past
relationships within any police department, that is
continually trained on the
It should never be any past or present police officers.
It's primary purpose should be the protection of civilians.
- Each police vehicle including (and especially) motorcycles
should be trackable using GPS technology.
Tracking logs should be available to the public
just as the current police logs are (one or two days old).
We can determine for ourselves just how long those
Dunkin Donuts visits really are. Otherwise, we
need access to the Dunkin Donuts video cameras and
we do not have such access.
We can also get visual information on how the streets
of Framingham are (or NOT) patrolled.
The police will fiercely resist this recommendation
because they want anonymity in their behaviour. We
the taxpayers want clear transparency in their
- If the penalty for committing a crime against a cop is greater
than normal, then the penalty for a cop who commits a crime
should also be greater than normal. No double standards.
- Each police officer should have a picture of him/her on
a public web site, simply because the concerted effort by
police to retain their anonymity
enables and facilitates aggressive behaviour.
- Police uniforms should have
large football jersey style badge numbers which
allows for easy reading at a distance of 100 feet.
This removes some of their power of anonymity that
enables and facilitates aggressive behaviour.
Currently their uniforms only have a tiny name tag
which can only be read if you're 5 feet away or less.
If you get any closer, you'll spook them and
they will charge you with assault and battery if you
How utterly offensive!
- Each police cruiser should have
very large identifying numbers on each side
so that we can identify its poor driver from a distance,
using the police log files.
This removes some of their power of anonymity
that enables and facilitates aggressive behaviour.
The fact that a big cruiser number is not on the side of the
cruiser and only on the roof (where you can't see it) is a
strong indication that these officers want anonymity.
- Each police cruiser should have a camcorder on its dash
that must be turned on with every encounter with the
Failure to turn the camcorder on should be punishable
with 3 days of unpaid leave.
- All encounters with the public should be video/audio recorded.
This would clearly tell us the attitude the police
exhibit towards the public. This, more than anything
else. is what the police desperately try to hide from
the public, their perception of being above the law.
- All officers should be required to clearly identify
themselves when asked to do so. They are after all,
public servants. They should not be trying to pretend
to be our masters.
Failure to identify themselves should have a substantial
penalty attached to it, such as one week of unpaid leave.
I would suggest that every officer have business cards
to hand out.
- Police officers should be routinely tested for drug/alcohol
usage (on a monthly basis).
- Police job applicants that have more than two years
of military service should not be considered. The military
is an organization that trains an individual to kill. Any
applicant who enjoyed the military perhaps enjoys using
deadly force on others. This is particularly true for those
who were snipers in the military.
online police logs
should show us who submitted the log
entries. This would provide accountability and
transparency. These are two words that are
not well understood by our police.
The thin Blue line is very protective of itself and has often
shown us its Wall of Silence.
- The booking area in the rear of the main police station
should have automated video and audio recordings of every
person arrested in Framingham. Once a person is in the
custody of the police, they should be under video
surveillance until they are placed in a cell. Even then,
video recordings might be recommended to keep police abuse
at a minimum.
- The public has a right to know how many complaints have
been filed against any police officer. Such a record of
complaints should be a public record.
- Given that police officers spent an inordinate amount of time
driving around in cruisers, the public has a right to know
vehicle accidents they have been involved in
, and how many accidents where they were found at fault.
- All the laptops on police cruisers should be checked monthly
for pornography of any kind. Since police arrest people for
child pornography, they can easily copy such pornography for
their own purposes. Police are not saints and they are
corrupted by power.
Perhaps we do have pedo-cops.
- The finances of police officers should be audited once a
year to determine if any sudden outside income has surfaced.
The income has to be legitimate and not stolen from a
drug bust or others arrests.
- When a police officer is involved in any unusual incident,
the following should be investigated automatically as
part of a checklist:
- the police officer's cellphone should be examined
carefully to see if it was being used at the time
of the incident,
- the officer's recent history (30 days) of detail
related work should be made public to see if s(he)
was possibly exhausted (tired and distracted).
- the officer should be tested for
drugs and alcohol.
- Police officers should never be allowed to post anonymously
in comments in local papers. That's cowardice at its best.
- Police officers should not be able to exercise any
greater privacy rights than any other individual.
Badges do not give you any extra rights.
- Law enforcement officers are known, on occasion, to
encourage citizens to cooperate if they have nothing to
hide. No less should be expected of law enforcement,
- Police officers should be limited to
100 hours of detail work per year.
It is not their primary job, but it is their cash cow
and they guard their detail monopoly zealously.
- Each year, the police department should publish a list
of complaints against it's officers, including date/time
and nature of the complaint.
- Every police officer hired should submit to a DNA test
so we can accumulate police DNA. I'm sure they
have nothing to hide.