Archive 2008 - 2019

Community Engagement Forum Series

by Dianna Vosburg

Chief Moore invites residents to attend a Community Engagement forum series. All are welcome for an informal talk and open discussion about national issues in policing, and learn how Holliston police approach protecting and serving our community.

An informal discussion series between residents and police officials on contemporary issues that affect law enforcement and citizens alike.

“Lessons from Ferguson”

In March of 2015 the Department of Justice issued its investigative report on the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department. The Civil Rights Division found evidence of a “pattern or practice” of discrimination by this law enforcement agency and it issued corrective recommendations so as to possibly avoid a Consent Decree process.

The Holliston Police Department operates under an entirely different set of ideals and principles that are in stark contrast to those practiced at the Ferguson Police Department, and the focus of this discussion would be to highlight this fact so as to reassure our residents of our commitment to their safety and security through fair, consistent and legal parameters.

April 30, 2015 at 7:00pm


“Militarization of the Police”

After September 11, 2001 the vast majority of the 18,000 plus law enforcement agencies in the United States were influenced and encouraged to fortify their tactical capabilities with the purpose of being another line of deterrence to the threat of terrorism. This was and is a worthy goal; however it should be approached in such a way that does to detract from the partnerships and bonds that law enforcement had developed with citizens pre-9/11 under the theory of community policing.

The Holliston Police Department recognizes the value of a tactical component to our options in a crisis situation, but we are measured in our approach, and we will not waver from the connection and commitment to our residents. This discussion will center on how we strategically and situationally balance this capability with our pledged dedication to the residents of this town without detracting from either priority.

May 21, 2015 at 7:00pm


“Medical Marijuana”

In January of 2013 the law entitled, “An Act for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana” went into effect. This law, under certain circumstances, allows for the cultivation and possession of what would be considered a criminal amount of marijuana, without sanction, by properly qualified and credentialed patients and caregivers. This law, in its present state, provides little guidance to law enforcement officials who may encounter persons that claim, legitimately or not, that they are covered under the law.

At the Holliston Police Department we have stayed abreast of this law and the nuances attributable to it, and we would devote this discussion to how we have developed policies and procedures specific to this mandate from the State.

June 25, 2015 at 7:00pm

Come join us for an informative exchange of ideas and viewpoints on some of the most challenging areas confronting law enforcement and the citizens they serve in the 21st Century.

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Officer John E. Johnson Memorial Training Room