Framingham Chief of Police Steven B. Carl has been appointed director of public safety and chief of police at Assumption College. Carl has spent 30 years of his career in law enforcement, including 12 as chief. He is succeeding Assumption College’s 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, according to a release issued by Assumption College. 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 in the 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."
Carl became only the fifth chief the Framingham department has operated under since 1911, when he was named chief in June 2001. He began his career in 1983 as a patrolman, rising through the ranks.“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 released by the college. “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.”