On Friday, Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office recognized 104 graduates of the Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA). Children from Watertown, Cambridge, Framingham and Natick were among those who graduated after spending four days learning from members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office as well as local police and fire departments, the Sheriff’s Office announced.
“For 17 years YPSA has brought together local youngsters and members of the public safety community,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “YPSA is an incredible opportunity to instill life lessons, provide critical public safety tools to some of our youngest residents, and allow children and public safety professionals to spend time getting to know one another. That is why I am so incredibly proud of this program.”
YPSA is offered as a low-cost, educational camp for county residents ages 9-11. The program is comprised of six one-week camps and graduates hundreds of cadets every year.
The cadets participate in several exercises during the week including fire hazard training in the Middlesex Sheriff’s fire safety trailer; team building activities at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica; K9 demonstrations; and visits with local police and fire officials during community days.