April 9 2019

Children to Visit Police and Fire Departments as Part of Sheriff Office's Safety Academy

By: Rich Hosford

Children learning important lessons on safety will once again visit the Burlington Police and Fire Departments and enjoy a lunch on the Town Common.

 

The Board of Selectmen approved the use of the Common for the annual community day for the Middlesex Sheriff's Office Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA).

 

The academy is a week-long camp designed to expose children aged 8 to 12 years old to role models in public safety – namely sheriff’s officers, and their local police, fire, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, as well as to teach them valuable life and safety lessons.

 

Kenneth Doucette, the Middlesex Sheriff Office’s Director of Community Affairs, told the board that on July 31 they are planning the community day for the Burlington group. During the day the YPSA cadets will tour Burlington’s public safety agencies and engage in activities with police officers and firefighters.

 

On other days the cadets go through a rotation of activities and learn about a wide range of topics including fire safety, internet safety, weather safety, traffic safety and more. They also get to witness a Police K9 demonstration, participate in an activity course and play sports. The week ends with a big graduation ceremony.

 

“It’s an action packed week and it’s a lot of fun,” Doucette said.

 

Doucette said that the initial sign-up list is complete but there is a waiting list and the Sheriff’s office is working on obtaining additional grant money to hire more staff and open up more slots for cadets. He encouraged parents interested in the program to sign up for the waiting list which can be found here.

 

For children between the ages of 13 and 17 there is also the chance to get involved in the councillor training program.


 

 
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