CHELMSFORD – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian recognized 164 Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) cadets from Bedford, Cambridge, Everett and Medford during a graduation ceremony Friday, August 17 at Chelmsford High School. Thirty-eight of the graduating cadets were from Everett.
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 Sheriff Koutoujian. “It’s a great opportunity to build relationships between youngsters, the MSO and our public safety colleagues in fun-filled, educational settings.”
“We appreciate the Sheriff’s commitment to working with all of us in the county, especially when it comes to building positive relationships with our young people,” said Police Chief Steven Mazzie.
The ceremony marked the completion of the first 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.
To learn more about YPSA and some of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office other community-based programming, visit middlesexsheriff.org/community.