June 5 2017

18 Local Residents Complete Middlesex Sheriff's Special Citizens Academy



Local residents have been hard at work learning about public safety and related subjects.


The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office announced that it concluded its inaugural Special Citizens Academy with a graduation ceremony and lunch for the 18 participants who completed the four-week program.


The program is designed for adults with developmental disabilities who have an interest in public safety, a notice from the sheriff’s office explains. The  Special Citizens Academy provided participants with the opportunity to learn more about the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and its functions. Graduates of the Academy included both independent participants and groups from local agencies such as the Valley Collaborative, Northeast ARC, Eastern Middlesex ARC, and Triangle, Inc.


“I want to thank all our participants – as well as their families and caretakers – who made our first Academy program such a memorable success,” said Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “This program is an extension of efforts to connect with all residents of Middlesex County, and we look forward to hosting future sessions.”


Participants attended classes on issues such as Internet Safety and Awareness, Fire Safety and First Aid and Scam Prevention. They also received demonstrations from the MSO’s K-9 Unit, SWAT Team, and Mobile Operations Unit.


There is already interest in the next session.


“The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has already received interest from individuals to attend the next Special Citizen’s Academy,” the release states. “If you or someone you know would like to participate, please contact the Office of Community Affairs at 978-495-7410.”


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