Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian recognized 79 graduates from Belmont on Friday, July 27 who attended the 2012 Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Youth Public Safety Academy.
The ceremony, which recognized a total of 218 children, ages 9 to 11, was held at the Middlesex Training Academy in Billerica. This is the 13th year of the free academy. Graduates came from Arlington, Medford, Somerville and Belmont.
During Friday’s graduation ceremony, Koutoujian addressed the cadets about the importance of using what they learned during the week-long camp to help keep themselves and others safe. He also talked to them about teamwork, self-esteem and role models, pointing to their parents, as well as the police officers, fire fighters and sheriff’s department personnel they met during the week.
Over the course of the week cadets were taught basic first aid skills and fire safety, participated in team-building exercises, were able to tour their local police and fire departments and took part in a series of demonstrations.
Friday’s graduation ceremony was attended by police, fire and elected officials from all three communities.
More than 1,700 children from Middlesex County communities are expected to participate in this year’s Middlesex Sheriff’s Office YPSA program.