Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian recognized 189 Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) cadets from Acton, Malden, Maynard, Newton and Watertown during a graduation ceremony on Friday, August 3 at Chelmsford High School. Fifty of the graduating cadets were from Malden.
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 staff members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) 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.”
YPSA is now in its 19th year and is open to youngsters aged eight to 12 living in Middlesex County. Hundreds of cadets have been 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.