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MSO Welcomes Graduates Of 43rd Basic Training Academy

2019 Class Photo: Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and members of the MSO command and training staffs are pictured with members of the 43rd Basic Training Academy.

SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Nineteen members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office 43rd Basic Training Academy were formally sworn-in as members of one of the nation’s oldest law enforcement agencies during a ceremony held at Tufts University’s Distler Hall on Tuesday, November 26.
The newest members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office took the oath surrounded by family, friends and new colleagues.

“I am proud to welcome these officers to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.  They join a team of dedicated corrections professionals that are among the best anywhere in the nation,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.  “Today, the MSO is viewed as a state and national leader for our innovative, cutting edge programs for incarcerated military veterans, young adults and those battling substance use disorders.  These officers will help us advance the critical work we do on a daily basis to make our communities safer for all who live and work here.”

In addition to Sheriff Koutoujian, those in attendance also heard from Medford Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan and FBI Boston Division Special Agent in Charge Joseph R. Bonavolonta, who gave the keynote address.

“The FBI is honored to be part of a day of such tremendous pride and accomplishment in the lives of these 19 men and women.  Like us, they answered the sacred call to serve their communities, embracing all the challenges and responsibilities it demands,” said Special Agent in Charge Bonavolonta. “We are delighted, not only to call them our newest colleagues, but on this week of giving thanks, to also welcome them to the family of law enforcement.”

Those who graduated successfully completed 12 weeks of classroom and practical training on items ranging from policy and procedure, to defensive tactics and interpersonal communications.  They also participated in on the job training at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction and were required to pass classroom, physical fitness and firearms tests.
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