Registration Open for the Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety Academy

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Children interact with local first responders during the Middlesex Sheriff's Youth Public Safety Academy.

Children interact with local first responders during the Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety Academy.

Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian has announced registration for the popular Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Now entering its 21st year, YPSA is an educational, low-cost summer camp option for Middlesex County families. The camp is open to children ages 8-12 and is held at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Training Academy in Chelmsford.  Last year, more than 1,000 youngsters participated in the program.

YPSA is comprised of six, one-week camps, beginning the first full week of July (6-10) and running through the second week of August (10-14).  Transportation to and from designated bus stops, as well as breakfast and lunch are provided daily, with a graduation ceremony held each Friday in Chelmsford. Participants are not required to reside in one of the communities with a designated bus stop, but will be picked up and dropped off at those locations.

“For two decades, YPSA has been one of our most popular and impactful community initiatives,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Thanks to our staff and our tremendous partners, cadets get to meet a number of local corrections, police and fire service professionals, learn valuable public safety lessons and complete exercises and activities designed to build confidence and instill a sense of teamwork.”

To learn more, see this year’s schedule (now posted) or fill out an online application, please visit

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