Cadets From Dracut Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety Academy
Aug 01, 2017 02:50PM
● By Theresa Gilman
(Editor's Note: the following
information was provided by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)
CHELMSFORD, Mass. – The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) concluded week three of the annual Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) on Friday, July 28 with a graduation ceremony at Chelmsford High School.
Over 180 cadets, ages 8-12, from Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury and Wilmington spent five days learning from members of the MSO, as well as local police and fire officials. This is the 18th year of the YPSA program.
“This program makes a real difference in the lives of Middlesex County families,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “Not only do hundreds of youngsters get to have a fun and safe summer experience, but more importantly they get to know the members of their local police and fire departments who they come to trust.”
The Youth Public Safety Academy is offered as a low-cost, educational camp for county residents. The camp runs in six, one-week sessions and graduates hundreds of cadets each year.
The cadets participate in several exercises during the week including fire hazard training in the MSO’s fire safety trailer; team building activities at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica; K9 demonstrations; and more. This week, cadets were joined by public safety agencies from across the state at Cawley Memorial Stadium in Lowell for a demonstration of their vehicles and equipment.