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After completing a rigorous 12-week basic training academy, 34 new corrections officers were  sworn into the Middlesex Sheriff's Office on Nov. 17 at Melrose Memorial Hall, a news release said. The new officers heard remarks by Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur, the local police chief and the basic training academy class president.

49thBTAClassPhoto49th Basic Training Academy Class, Middlesex Sheriff's Office.“We are proud to welcome them to our family and look forward to the tremendous contributions we know they will make to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office in the years to come," said Koutoujian according to the release.

During the academy, these officers completed training classroom and hands-on work. Some topics covered in this training were implicit bias, mental health, first responder training, suicide prevention and defensive tactics among others. 

According to the press release, this 49th basic training academy class is one of the most diverse in MSO history, with eight of the officers having been born outside the U.S.  In addition to English, members of the class also speak 12 languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole and Swahili. 

The ceremony was the third graduation held by the MSO this calendar year, with 21 recruits previously graduated in February and 22 in June. To learn more about the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, visit middlesexsheriff.org.

Dec. 20, 2021:  Middlesex Sheriff’s Office welcomes 13 new correction officers


This news announcement was published Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, based on information from Middlesex Sheriff's Office.