August 14 2019

Burlington Children Graduate from Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety Academy


A good number of Burlington children completed a week long academy meant to give them the knowledge and tools to stay safe. 


The Middlesex Sheriff's Office congratulated more than 160 graduates of the Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) during a ceremony at Chelmsford High School on Friday, August 2, 2019. The graduates were primarily from Burlington, Framingham, Medford and Natick. It was the fourth of six such graduations planned for this summer.


For six weeks each summer, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) offers youngsters ages 8-12 from Middlesex County communities the opportunity to participate in educational and confidence-building activities alongside members of the MSO as well as their local police and fire departments, a release from the sheriff’s office explains. YPSA staff incorporate multiple learning styles to teach personal safety and teamwork while building relationships between youth and public safety officials.


“This is the 20th year we have hosted YPSA, and every year we see the positive impact it has on youngsters across the county,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “Cadets at this camp learn lifelong skills in areas like fire safety and emergency preparedness, but just as importantly they foster bonds with their community officials in a way that keeps that educational curiosity alive far beyond one summer.”


Over a thousand cadets from more than three dozen communities participate in YPSA each year.  To learn more about YPSA and some of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office other community-based programming, visit



The cadets also have one day where they meet with their local emergency first responders. Here is a video of the kids visiting the Burlington Police and Fire Departments


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