Twenty-three members of the 46th Basic Training Academy were formally sworn-in as correction officers with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) during a ceremony at Melrose's Memorial Hall held on Friday, November 4, 2022.
“We are tremendously proud to welcome this class of new officers to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “Each day, members of our office work to make our communities better, safer and healthier places to live and work. These 23 new officers will help our incredibly dedicated team meet our critical public safety mission, while continuing to grow our reputation as an innovative, national leader in the field of corrections.”
In addition to Sheriff Koutoujian, graduates also heard remarks from former Boston Police Commissioner – and former Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety – Kathleen O’Toole, as well as Melrose Mayor Paul A. Brodeur.
The graduates successfully completed 10 weeks of classroom and practical training on topics ranging from policy and procedure to de-escalation, interpersonal communications and defensive tactics. They also received a full day of instruction focused on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the impact of trauma through the Roca Impact Institute. Additionally, recruits participated in on-the-job training at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction.
The 47th BTA is set to start in December and MSO is now accepting applications for the 48th BTA – set to begin in the Spring of 2023. Individuals interested in registering to take one of the MSO’s weekly entrance exams may do so by visiting www.middlesexsheriff.org/recruitment.