Policy Development, Compliance, & Training

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Policy Development and Compliance Division is responsible for  the development and compliance of administrative and operational procedures that comply with statutory regulations in addition to compliance with all appropriate outside agency regulations, such as the Massachusetts Department of Corrections and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  We foster the belief that adherence to such regulations promotes improved and efficient management practices and ultimately leads to enhanced public safety, a safe work environment for agency personnel, and assures confinement in a humane setting for the inmate population


The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Training Division provides classroom instruction and hands-on training to deputy sheriffs, correctional officers and support staff in accordance with standards set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections and other nationally recognized standards.  The Training Division in collaboration with other neighboring Sheriffs’ Offices (Hampshire, Berkshire, Hampden) oversees a nine-week officer training academy which consists of a paramilitary team-building environment and covers 280 hours of curriculum in areas such as policies/protocols, emergency management procedures, firearms, defensive tactics, and other areas as they relate to the day-to-day operations of the Department.   The Division also offers training opportunities to local police departments within Franklin County and works closely with local municipalities for training in the area of emergency preparedness for disaster events both internal and external to the facility. Additionally, the Training Division provides required annual in-service training for employees, as well as certifications and re-certifications in CPR/First Aid and First Responder.