Room for More Kids at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office 2024 Youth Public Safety Academy

Image (c) Middlesex Sheriff’s Department, 2016

Submitted by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is offering an educational program for kids this summer.

Now in its 23rd year, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) is open to children, ages 8-12 living in Middlesex County. Older children also have the opportunity to become a Counselor-in-Training.

The YPSA program is comprised of five, one-week camps at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Training Academy in Chelmsford. Registration for this year’s YPSA will close at 5 p.m. on June 1.

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Registration for each week is $100 per child and includes transportation to and from designated bus stops; daily breakfast and lunch; and a graduation ceremony held each Friday. 

“YPSA is a proud tradition here at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Peter Koutoujian. “This is an opportunity for our kids to take some time away from screens and schools to learn lessons regarding healthy habits, fire safety, personal wellness, and more. Most importantly, they can do this alongside their friends and public safety role models from their community, helping build lifelong and positive connections.”

Participants are not required to reside in communities with a designated bus stop, but they will be picked up and dropped off at these locations.  

Currently, spots remain open for cadets at the following bus stop locations:

  • July 8-12 – Bedford and Lexington
  • July 15-19 – Arlington and Tyngsborough
  • July 22-26 – Acton/Maynard, Framingham/Natick and Marlborough
  • July 29-Aug 2 – Belmont/Watertown, Hudson, Wakefield and Waltham/Newton

Buses for Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Lowell, Malden, Medford, Wilmington and Woburn have reached capacity.

To register, visit

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