Framingham Police Lt Rachel Mickens delighted to work in her hometown

FRAMINGHAM — It was while a student at McCarthy Elementary School that the seeds of The career of Rachel Mickens were first planted.

She had met Officer Deb Capobianco, the school’s DARE officer at the time.

“Seeing another woman in this position was certainly inspiring to me,” said Mickens, now 42 and a lieutenant with the Framingham Police Department.

Mickens came through the Framingham school system, graduating from Keefe Technical High School, then attending Framingham State University.

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“Born and raised in Framingham, I think because of that, to be able to work as a policeman here, is really important to me,” she said. “It makes this position even more special for me because it’s my hometown.”

After college, she worked with children, including in preschools and camps, coaching sports and other activities. But watching the work police and other rescuers did during events such as Hurricane Katrina brought back the childhood idea of ​​being a police officer, she said.

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Framingham Police Lieutenant Rachel Mickens at her office, January 13, 2022.

“It’s those things that really made me think about this as a career,” Mickens said. “I really wanted to help somehow.”

Mickens joined the police department as a member of the Auxiliary Police, a volunteer position, in 2006.

“You have to go through the reserve academy so it was kind of an introduction to that and gave me a chance to see if it was a good fit for me and it was something I would want to do as a career,”

It turned out, Mickens said, that was something she wanted to do.

Framingham Police Lieutenant Rachel Mickens, 13th January 2022.

In 2007, she became a police dispatcher. A year later, she was a police officer.

Mickens worked as both a Patrol Officer and a School Resource Officer at Framingham High School. She was promoted to sergeant in 2014, when she began overseeing the dispatch center.

Last year, Mickens became a public face of the department when Chief Lester Baker appointed her public information officer. She was also promoted to lieutenant.

Unlike many police officers who shy away from the media, Mickens said the public information position was something she wanted.

“It’s one of the positions I would have wanted here,” she said. “It’s one of my interests – not everyone wants to do it, but I’m enjoying it so far.”

Mickens said she had positive and negative experiences, but she said that instead of dwelling on these, she uses them as learning experiences.

“There are ups and downs and they are all learning times,” she said. “Even the bad, you learn from it.”

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Maria D. Ervin