49th Basic Training Academy Class, Middlesex Sheriff's Office, June 2024.49th Basic Training Academy Class, Middlesex Sheriff's Office.

After completing a rigorous basic training academy lasting almost 14 weeks, 18 new corrections officers were sworn into the Middlesex Sheriff's Office on June 6, a news release said.

The new officers heard remarks by Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, Medford Police Chief Jack Buckley and Tufts University Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Yolanda Smith.

“For 332 years, members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office have played a vital role in ensuring public safety,” Koutoujian said at the ceremony at Tufts University. “While the challenges we face evolve, our mission remains the same: to keep those in our care safe, and prepare them to return to their families – and our communities – ready to be productive and engaged citizens.

"I have no doubt that these 18 new officers will ensure we carry out that mission with dignity, pride and professionalism.”

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In the new class of officers, nine have familial law enforcement connections; five have post-secondary degrees; and four have military experience. In addition, seven of the new officers are bilingual (in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Chinese, French and Vietnamese).

During the training academy, these officers completed classroom and hands-on work. Some topics covered were implicit bias, mental-health first aid, cognitive behavioral theory, de-escalation and communication, first-responder training, suicide prevention and defensive tactics.

The June 6 graduation was the 16th held during Koutoujian’s tenure and the fourth since February 2023. To learn more about the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, visit middlesexsheriff.org.

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This news announcement was published Monday, June 24, 2024, based on information from the Middlesex Sheriff's Office.