Friday, March 22, 2013
Academy to begin at the sheriff's training academy in Billerica April 10.
Friday, March 22
Submitted by the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian is pleased to announce the inaugural Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy. The academy is a new initiative designed to provide Middlesex residents with a deeper understanding of the roles, responsibilities and activities of the Office. The academy will begin April 10 at the sheriff’s training academy in Billerica. “We are extremely proud of what we do and how we do it day-in and day-out,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “I invite residents to take this opportunity to get a fuller picture of the work of corrections officers and many of the functions the men and women of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office perform.” Once a week, for eight weeks, citizens …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Local police agencies will now have access to more information on prison inmates.
Middlesex County law enforcement agencies now have an additional tool to fight crime—more and easier access to information about prison inmates. The Middlesex County Sheriff's office recently unveiled MIDNet, the Massachusetts Inmate Data Network, which allows police officers to access information on inmates in hopes of bolstering public safety, according to the Sheriff's office. MIDNet allows officers to find information on an inmate's status, charges, identifying marks, aliases and other information from other correctional facilities, including state Department of Correction facilties. As of Dec. 19, 39 out of 54 Middlesex County communities had enrolled in the program. “We, as police officers, have known for years that there is a …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The conference, held in Lowell on Monday, was the first step in an effort by local and national law enforcement officials to combat premature deaths from mental health issues by corrections officers throughout the country.
Hundreds of law enforcement officials from around the nation came to Lowell on Monday as part of a first effort to help address mental and occupational health issues faced by corrections officers across the country. Spearheaded by Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and the National Sheriffs' Association, hopes were high that the information exchanged during the gathering can help build greater awareness on a profession that sees 39 percent more suicides than any other job in the United States. "For almost two years, today has been a dream of mine," said Koutoujian, who worked on suicide prevention legislation while chairing Massachusetts House of Representatives’ Committee on Healthcare from 2003 to 2005. "Now we can begin a …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Scott Brazis will take over as special sheriff—second in command—from Patrick Murphy, who's retiring.
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian appointed new leaders to two top positions in the Middlesex Sheriff's Office, according to an announcement sent by the sheriff's office on Tuesday. Scott Brazis will take over as special sheriff, which is essentially the second in command, according to the sheriff's office. In Massachusetts, special sheriffs take over the office if the sheriff is sick, absent or otherwise unable to do the job. Brazis will replace Patrick Murphy, who is retiring Friday after 33 years with the Middlesex Sheriff's Office. Brazis has worked in Middlesex Sheriff's Office for 28 years, starting as a corrections officer and, most recently, serving as superintendent of the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge, according to the …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Senior Deputy Sheriff Michael Jackson admitted to soliciting donations for a campaign fundraiser for then-Sheriff James DiPaola from subordinate employees during work hours.
A senior deputy sheriff in the Middlesex Sheriff's Office paid a $5,000 fine after admitting to soliciting donations for a campaign fundraiser for then-Sheriff James DiPaola from subordinate office employees during work hours, a violation of the state's conflict of interest law, the State Ethics Commission announced in a press release. According to a disposition agreement in which Jackson admitted to the violation, the Ethic Commission said, Jackson decided to hold a campaign fundraiser for DiPaola in October 2009 and then solicited Middlesex Sheriff's Office employees, most of whom were his subordinates, at the office during work hours. The fundraiser was held on Oct. 14, 2009 at Jackson’s home; was attended by 30 people, most of whom …