Assumption College Announces New Director of Public Safety

Framingham Police Chief Steven Carl is appointed to Assumption College's campus police post

Steven B. Carl has been appointed director of public safety and chief of police at Assumption College. Currently police chief of Framingham, Mass., Carl has 30 years of law enforcement experience, including 12 years as police chief. He will succeed retiring public safety director Robert Murphy.

Carl, who begins his new position on Oct. 2, 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. He 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.

"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. "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."

Carl’s extensive law enforcement experience includes overseeing a 150-member police force in Framingham, a diverse community of more than 68,000 residents. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the department, including setting organizational goals, developing and implementing policies and procedures, and administering finances and personnel. Carl became only the fifth chief that the department has operated under since 1911, when he was named chief in June 2001. He began his career in Framingham in 1983 as a patrolman and rose through the ranks.

Carl holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Framingham State College and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Westfield State College. In addition, he has accomplished law enforcement educational training from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, FBI National Academy, Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar program, and the Senior Management Institute for Police. He has served as vice president of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs organization, is a past member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Committee, and has participated in the selection of candidates for chiefs of police in municipalities across Massachusetts.

“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. “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.”

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