CHELMSFORD, MA – The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office recognized 170 Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) cadets from Chelmsford, Lowell, Tewksbury and Wilmington during a graduation ceremony Friday, July 20 at Chelmsford High School. Forty-two of the graduating cadets this week were from Wilmington.
During the course of the week, the cadets participated in team building exercises, learned fire and personal safety skills and enjoyed educational games. They also spent time with members of the MSO staff and their local police and fire departments.
“Year after year, YPSA is one of the most well-received community outreach programs we run,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “It’s a great opportunity to build relationships between youngsters, the MSO and our public safety colleagues in fun-filled, educational settings.”
“We enjoy a great working relationship with Sheriff Koutoujian and the men and women of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and I cannot think of a better way to forward that partnership than collectively engaging the youth within our communities in a positive way,” said Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis. “Building a strong relationship with our youngest citizens will establish trust and understanding and hopefully nurture an interest in joining our profession.”
The ceremony marked the completion of the second week of the six-week summer program. YPSA is now in its 19th year and is open to youngsters ages 8-12 living in Middlesex County. Hundreds of cadets from more than three dozen communities are scheduled to participate this summer.
Some select photos from the ceremony are below. Click to enlarge:
To learn more about YPSA and some of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office other community-based programming, visit middlesexsheriff.org/community.
(NOTE: The above press release & photos are from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)
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