Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The conference, held in Lowell on Monday, was the first step in an effort by local and national law enforcement officials to combat premature deaths from mental health issues by corrections officers throughout the country.
Hundreds of law enforcement officials came to Lowell on Monday as part of a first effort to help address mental and occupational health issues faced by corrections officers across the country. Spearheaded by Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and the National Sheriffs’ Association, hopes were high that the information exchanged during the gathering can help build greater awareness on a profession that sees 39 percent more suicides than any other job in the United States. “For almost two years, today has been a dream of mine,” said Koutoujian, who worked on suicide prevention legislation while chairing Massachusetts House of Representatives’ Committee on Healthcare from 2003 to 2005. “Now we can begin a national discussion that needs…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Scott Brazis will take over as special sheriff—second in command—from Patrick Murphy, who's retiring.
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian appointed new leaders to two top positions in the Middlesex Sheriff's Office, according to an announcement sent by the sheriff's office Tuesday. Scott Brazis will take over as special sheriff, which is essentially the second in command, according to the sheriff's office. In Massachusetts, special sheriffs take over the office if the sheriff is sick, absent or otherwise unable to do the job. Brazis will replace Patrick Murphy, who is retiring Friday after 33 years with the Middlesex Sheriff's Office. Brazis has worked in Middlesex Sheriff's Office for 28 years, starting as a corrections officer and, most recently, serving as superintendent of the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge, according to the …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Cardinal pays first visit to the jail last month.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the office of Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian) Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian welcomed Cardinal Sean O’Malley to the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge Wednesday, September 19. The visit was believed to be the first by a Cardinal to the jail since it opened in 1983. Sheriff Koutoujian and Cardinal O’Malley were joined by Middlesex Jail Superintendent Scott Brazis, chaplains from the sheriff’s office and officials from Boston College. Cardinal O’Malley also offered Mass in the jail’s chapel for about 20 detainees and staff members. “We are committed to ending the cycle of criminal and destructive behavior that has landed these men in our custody,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “…