Middlesex Sheriff’s Office celebrates the first Youth Public Safety Academy graduation of 2023

Submitted by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (back row, center) was joined by Bedford Police Lieutenant Scott Jones (back row, third from left) and State Representative Ken Gordon (back row, third from right) to congratulate cadets from Bedford who recently participated in the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Youth Public Safety Academy. Courtesy Image

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian congratulated graduates of the Youth Public Safety Academy’s (YPSA) first session of 2023 during a ceremony at Chelmsford High School on Friday, July 14. The cadets were primarily from the communities of Bedford, Medford, Newton, Wakefield, and Waltham.

Now in its 22nd year, YPSA is focused on providing cadets with educational lessons around personal and family safety and other health and wellness topics. Cadets ages 8-12 have the opportunity to meet and learn from local first responders, members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and counselors, while also participating in team-building exercises and fun games.

“YPSA is always one of my favorite times of the year,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Throughout the years, YPSA has provided valuable opportunities for some of our youngest residents to get to know the correction officers, police officers, firefighters, and other professionals who serve their communities on a daily basis. It also teaches cadets crucial lessons about team-building, friendship, and public safety that they can share in their homes, schools, and communities.”

To learn more about YPSA and some of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office community-based programming, visit middlesexsheriff.org/community.

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