Framingham’s Chief of Police Steven B. Carl is leaving to be the new Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police at Assumption College.
The college announced Carl’s appointment on Friday. Carl will begin the new position Oct. 2, wherein he will be responsible for the management and operation of Assumption’s Department of Public Safety, which provides for the safety and security of people and property on the 185-acre campus, according to a press release. Carl will oversee a staff of more than 27 full- and part-time officers, dispatchers, and support staff.
Assumption’s undergraduate student enrollment is approximately 2,000, with most students living on campus throughout the academic year, according to the college.
"We are very impressed by Steve’s experience, his deep knowledge of law enforcement, and his strong leadership skills," said Chris McCarthy, Assumption’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, in a statement. "We are particularly excited about his strong commitment to promoting collaboration among all parts of the campus community and the positive aspects this approach will have on interactions with Assumption’s students, faculty, and staff."
As Framingham’s top cop, Carl oversaw a 150-member police force and was responsible for managing all aspects of the department, including setting organizational goals, developing and implementing policies and procedures, and administering finances and personnel.
“As the father of one child attending college in an urban environment and another starting this year in a similar setting, I understand student life and the issues that can arise with this age group,” Carl said in a statement. “I am also keenly aware of the special level of care parents rightly expect for their children while they are away at school. I look forward to contributing to the safety and well-being of the Assumption community.”
Carl has been Framingham’s chief since 2001, and since then has implemented initiatives to streamline the department and improve accountability, among his accomplishments, according to the Framingham Police website, Carl holds a bachelor’s in Sociology from Framingham State University and a master’s Criminal Justice Administration from Westfield State University.