March 1 2016
Burlington Resident In Graduating Class of Middlesex Sheriff's Basic Training Academy
A Burlington resident was among the most recent graduating class from the county sheriff’s academy for correction officers.
Thirty-one new corrections officers graduated from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Basic Training Academy in a ceremony held Wed., Feb. 24, at Arlington Town Hall, a release from Sheriff Peter Koutoujian’s office states. Among the graduates was Burlington resident Robert Danielson, who also worked as the class treasurer at the academy.
Twenty-seven of the academy graduated joined the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, while four joined the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office.
“Corrections officers play a vital role in ensuring the fair and impartial administration of justice,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “But beyond that, they also play a key role in helping those who become incarcerated address underlying issues – including addiction and lack of education – which may have contributed to their criminal activity. Far too often the hard work, dedication and professionalism of these men and women go unnoticed. Graduations like this one provide us an opportunity to celebrate and share who we are and what we do.”
In addition to Sheriff Koutoujian, graduates also heard from Executive Office of Public Safety & Security Secretary Daniel Bennett, Norfolk Sheriff Michael Bellotti,Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Carlisle Police Chief John Fisher and Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan, who offered the keynote address.
Those who graduated received 12 weeks of classroom and practical training focused on interpersonal communications, corrections and criminal justice systems, transportation procedures, defensive tactics, firearms and first responder training, among other areas, the release explains. Graduates had to successfully pass both classroom and physical fitness tests and also participated in on the job training.
The graduation marked the fifth during Sheriff Koutoujian’s five year tenure, with 200 academy- trained officers joining the ranks of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office in that time. Prior to 2012, the last academy was held in 2008.