Arlington kids graduate from sheriff’s youth academy

Arlington, Cambridge Middlesex County Sheriff’s Cadets.

Arlington children ages 8 to 12 were among the graduates of the first session of the Youth Public Safety Academy earlier this month. In total, Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian congratulated 64 graduates on July 15. Other cadets came from Bedford, Burlington, Cambridge, Tewksbury and Tyngsborough.

YPSA, established by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office in 1999, focuses on important issues such as internet safety, fire preparedness and prevention, and water safety skills. This month’s graduation ceremony was the first since 2019. The popular summer camp has had to be held virtually for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Three additional week-long sessions with participants from across Middlesex County are due to run until August 5 this year.

“After two years of remote programming, we are proud to welcome cadets, their families and our community partners back to YPSA,” Koutoujian said in a July 18 press release. “Throughout its history, YPSA has provided the county’s youngest residents with valuable opportunities to get to know some of the correctional officers, police officers and firefighters who serve their communities every day.

“It also teaches cadets crucial lessons about team building, friendship and public safety that they take home, to school and to the community. This is why I sincerely believe this is one of the best and most comprehensive camps and why we are so happy to be back this summer.

Pictured are Koutoujian (center back row), Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, Governor’s Advisor Marilyn Petitto Devaney, Arlington Fire Chief Kevin Kelley, Arlington Police Captain Sean Kiernan and representatives from the Arlington and Cambridge Police Departments with Arlington and Cambridge Academy graduates.

To learn more about the academy and other community programs, visit

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