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Framingham police Sgt. Lester Baker and his sons holds his son Ty, 2, as Nicholas, 4, look on after his swearing in at Friday's ceremony at the Memorial Building in Framingham.

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Marcus Wareham, 1, briefly interrupts his father Framingham Police Lt. Harry Wareham's swearing-in during a ceremony at the Memorial Building in Framingham Friday.

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Framingham Police Sgt. Marty Keith is sworn in by Town Clerk Valerie Mulvey during a promotion ceremony at the Memorial Building in Framingham Friday.

By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Aug 02, 2008 @ 12:32 AM

Framingham is a diverse community, and the police department got more diverse yesterday, Chief Steven Carl said.
The town's first African-American sergeant, Harry Wareham, was promoted to lieutenant, while Marty Keith and Lester Baker, who is also African-American, were promoted to sergeant during a ceremony at the Memorial Building.
"Framingham is a diverse community and appropriately our municipal work force should be reflective of those we serve," said Carl. "It is the responsibility of the government leaders and municipal division heads to encourage and support diversity of our municipal work force. Today's promotions reflect the town's dedication to this philosophy."
The chief did stress that the promotions were "merit based."
"Although it's important to recognize our commitment to diversity, it should not in any way diminish the hard work and professional dedication of these officers in achieving these promotions," Carl said.
Wareham has been with the Framingham Police since 1996. He has served as a patrol officer, a DARE officer and was the head of the Street Crimes Unit.
Baker joined the FPD in 2003, has served as a motorcycle officer and is a member of the department's SWAT team.
Keith joined the Framingham Police in 1998 and was a bicycle officer and a founding member of the department's honor guard. He also served in Operation Enduring Freedom as a member of the Army National Guard.
"These officers represent the future of law enforcement. Their promotions are important to the continued professionalism of your police department," said Carl. "Dedicated, enthusiastic and committed to the community they serve. They will further the goals of the department by providing strong leadership and support to those they supervise."
Wareham said he was happy with the promotion.
"It's a big accomplishment," he said. "It's a big goal. I'm happy I'm the first (African-American lieutenant) and I'm happy for Lester. Now we have two. The chief and the department have been very supportive. It's a lot easier when the whole organization supports you."
Baker and Keith were also pleased with their new roles.
"Excited, happy. That's the best way to sum it up," Baker said.
Said Keith, "That's really all you can say."
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