LOWELL, MA — Wilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond and Wilmington School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand were among the approximately 96 school superintendents, police chiefs, fire chiefs and elected officials from Middlesex County to join Middlesex District Attorney Marian at the 2019 Superintendents and Chiefs Breakfast.
This annual event, held this year at UTEC in Lowell, brings staff from the district attorney’s office together with educators, law enforcement and community leaders to collaborate on students’ safety, juvenile justice and crime prevention strategies.
“The Superintendents and Chiefs Breakfast provides an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and celebrate our shared commitment to support the children and families across Middlesex County,” said Ryan.
During the breakfast, Ryan took the opportunity to talk about Project CARE, a program that provides mental health services to children who have experienced opioid-related trauma and to highlight new initiatives in the office including a training hosted with the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, to support schools in their efforts to prevent and address bullying in their communities. Ryan also highlighted her office’s efforts to address mental health and suicide prevention. The event featured closing remarks from Sarah Gaer of the Riverside Trauma Center who will be partnering with the office over the next several months to provide QPR — Question, Persuade and Refer — training, an important tool in suicide prevention, to community leaders across the county.
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