• December 14 2018,  Everett,  Malden

    42nd Basic Training Academy class takes oath, joins ranks of Middlesex Sheriff’s Office

    STONEHAM, Mass. – Nearly 200 people gathered in the Stoneham Town Hall auditorium on Friday, December 7, to watch twenty-four men and women be sworn in as the newest members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO). “The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has a storied history spanning over three centuries, and you join its ranks at a time of incredible progress and opportunity,” Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian told the newly-minted officers. “This agency – our agency – has been recognized nationally for a wide number of innovative programs. These initiatives succeed because of the talent and work ethic of our officers, those who see a population in need and seek to help,…

  • Everett,  October 26 2018

    Middlesex Sheriff’s Office gathers community professionals to discuss employment opportunities for former inmates

    Middlesex Sheriff’s Office gathers community professionals to discuss employment opportunities for former inmates LOWELL, Mass. – Professionals from five community organizations convened in Lowell for three days last month to discuss ways to better support former inmates seek and retain employment. Twenty employees from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board, the MassHire Lowell Career Center, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and Phoenix Multisport participated in the September 11-13 training.  The program was sponsored by, and facilitated through, the Offender Employment Retention Initiative offered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Corrections (NIC). “We know employment is a core component of successful reentry,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter…

  • Everett,  October 5 2018

    Middlesex Sheriff’s Office hosts national counterparts for discussion of medication-assisted treatment

    Visit sponsored by U.S. Dept. of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance BILLERICA, Mass. – Officials from Ohio, Virginia and Washington State recently traveled to Massachusetts for a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)–sponsored peer exchange to learn about the nationally recognized Medication Assisted Treatment And Directed Opioid Recovery (MATADOR) program of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO). MATADOR is a voluntary program for those with opioid use disorders returning to the community following a period of incarceration. MATADOR, which uses an injectable form of naltrexone, is a multifaceted program that combines enrollment in health insurance with navigation services and critical casework follow-up. Since October 2015, 398 individuals have participated in the program,…

  • Everett,  September 28 2018

    Middlesex Sheriff’s Office hosts National Institute of Corrections Crisis Intervention Team training

    Correctional professionals from 12 agencies complete week-long program CHELMSFORD – 26 correctional professionals from a dozen agencies recently completed a week-long Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training course, Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced on September 25. The training, which is offered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Corrections (NIC), is designed to provide officers and other correctional staff with the skills necessary to successfully interact and respond to individuals in custody with mental illness. Nationwide, the prevalence of individuals with mental illness in county jails is one of the most significant challenges facing correctional agencies. In Middlesex County in 2017, 48 percent of all new individuals entering…

  • August 3 2018,  Malden

    Middlesex Sheriff’s Office awarded $244,000 to assist individuals with mental health and co-occurring disorders

    MSO collaborating with Advocates and MIT GOV/LAB on reentry initiative   A quarter of a million dollar federal grant will help the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) enhance continuity of care for inmates with mental health and substance use disorders following the completion of their sentences, Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano (Massachusetts 7th Congressional District) announced. The MSO will use a $244,373 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP): Implementation and Expansion grant to partner with Advocates, a leading nonprofit provider of health and social services from central to eastern Massachusetts, to construct and execute a reentry project assisting up to 60 individuals with mental health and…

  • July 20 2018,  Malden

    Middlesex Sheriff’s Office awarded $244,000 to assist individuals with mental health and co-occurring disorders

    MSO collaborating with Advocates and MIT GOV/LAB on reentry initiative   A quarter of a million dollar federal grant will help the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) enhance continuity of care for inmates with mental health and substance use disorders following the completion of their sentences, Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano (Massachusetts 7th Congressional District) announced. The MSO will use a $244,373 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP): Implementation and Expansion grant to partner with Advocates, a leading nonprofit provider of health and social services from central to eastern Massachusetts, to construct and execute a reentry project assisting up to 60 individuals with mental health and…

  • Everett,  July 13 2018

    Middlesex Sheriff’s Office awarded state grant to help support Youth Public Safety Academy

    The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a state grant to support this year’s annual Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA), Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced today. The MSO was awarded just under $23,500 from the Commonwealth’s Law Enforcement and Youth Partnerships Summer Day Program, administered through an application process by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). “YPSA is one of our most popular community initiatives, with over than 1,300 children ages 8-12 applying this year,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “Thanks to the Baker Administration and EOPSS we will be able to hire two additional counselors and increase the number of those able to attend by as much…

  • Everett,  June 15 2018

    Middlesex Sheriff’s Office alerts residents to recent increase in jury duty scams

    MEDFORD, Mass. – The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) is warning residents today of a new round of scam calls threatening citizens with arrest for failing to appear for jury and/or grand jury service. The MSO has been made aware of dozens of scam calls made to Middlesex County residents over the past week. In one instance, a local resident lost in excess of $1,500 believing the threats made by the scammers were real. On these calls, scammers pose as members of the MSO or court staff. They falsely inform residents that they have missed jury duty and are subject to arrest unless they pay a fine. Frequently, the scammers will…

  • Everett,  June 1 2018

    Middlesex Sheriff’s Office celebrates third Special Citizens Academy

    Middlesex Sheriff’s Office celebrates third Special Citizens Academy Over 20 local residents joined Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian on May 23 to celebrate their graduation from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) Special Citizens Academy in Chelmsford. The free, four-week program is specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities who have an interest in public safety. Families and local officials were invited to attend the graduation at the MSO Training Academy, and cadets heard from Sheriff Koutoujian and Chris Scott, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Valley Collaborative in Billerica. “This Academy gives these members of our community an opportunity to meet and interact with deputies, corrections officers and other law enforcement…

  • Everett,  January 26 2018

    Middlesex Sheriff’s Office announces February Correction Officer exam

    Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian has announced the next Correction Officer entrance exam will be held Saturday, February 24 in Lowell, Mass. Individuals interested in registering for the exam may do so by visiting the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office website (www.middlesexsheriff.org) between January 25 and 1 p.m. on February 15.  There is no charge for the exam, however advance registration is required. “The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has become a recognized leader in the field of corrections and we are seeking highly qualified, motivated men and women to join our team,” said Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. Applicants must be 21 years of age, a resident of Massachusetts by the date of the…