March 7 2017
Sheriff Koutoujian Announces Applications for 2017 Youth Public Safety Academy
Children in Middlesex County can get some valuable safety information in a fun program this summer.
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian’s office is once again holding its annual Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) for kids from communities across the county. This year it will be open to children between 8 and 12 years of age. In the past it was limited to 9 to 11-year-olds.
YPSA is a week-long camp designed to expose our youngest citizens 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.
“Each year, YPSA is one of the best programs we are able to offer,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Thanks to our incredible staff and all our partners in law enforcement and the fire services, YPSA is an exciting opportunity for youngsters to learn valuable public safety lessons in a fun-filled environment.”
YPSA cadets participate in a series of activities throughout the camp – visiting with the local police and fire officials on community day and learning about fire safety hazards in our fire safety trailer, a release on the program states.
“Cadets also learn how to make evacuation plans for emergency situations and participate in exercises designed to demonstrate the power and importance of teamwork,” the release states.
The Academy is run at the Middlesex Training Academy in Chelmsford, with transportation and lunch provided. YPSA runs for six, one-week sessions each summer.
YPSA is comprised of six, one-week camps beginning on July 10. Transportation and lunch are provided and a graduation ceremony is held each Friday in Chelmsford.