CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian on August 31 thanked all those who made this year’s 17th Annual Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) a success.
Over six weeks this summer, more than 750 cadets (ages 9-11) from more than 40 Middlesex County communities participated in the YPSA program held at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Training Academy in Chelmsford.
“I want to thank our incredible staff, our public safety and our community partners for making this year’s YPSA an overwhelming success. And most importantly, I want to thank the cadets and their families for participating,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “YPSA provides us with an incredible chance to teach valuable public safety lessons, while also allowing our public safety professionals and some of our youngest citizens the opportunity to bond in a fun-filled, educational environment.”
YPSA is offered as a low-cost, educational camp and is composed of six, one-week sessions.
This summer the youngsters participated in several exercises including fire hazard training in the Middlesex Sheriff’s fire safety trailer and on equipment provided by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services; team building activities at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica; K9 demonstrations; and visits with local police and fire officials during community days.