Sunday, January 6, 2013
Local police agencies will now have access to more information on prison inmates.
Middlesex County law enforcement agencies now have an additional tool to fight crime - more and easier access to information about prison inmates. The Middlesex County Sheriff's office recently unveiled MIDNet, the Massachusetts Inmate Data Network, which allows police officers to access information on inmates in hopes of bolstering public safety, according to the Sheriff's office. MIDNet allows officers to find information on an inmate's status, charges, identifying marks, aliases and other information from other correctional facilities, including state Department of Correction facilties. As of mid-December, 39 out of 54 Middlesex County communities had enrolled in the program. “We, as police officers, have known for years that there is…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian is organizing efforts to improve support programs for corrections officers.
Corrections officers face many dangers in their work environment, but none may be more serious than the stresses they endure from years of working in such an extreme setting. To improve the health and wellness of corrections officers nationwide, the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office, which has an office in Framingham, is launching a campaign to better support officers who feel the heavy burden of their jobs. One part of the effort will be a conference to share ways to assist corrections officers facing mental or physical job-related stresses, according to the Sheriff's Office. The conference will host experts from across the country to discuss the causes and consequences stemming from a prison work environment. The Sheriff's office, in …
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian met with members of the Blue Angels, who were preparing for Navy Week festivities at Logan International Airport.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and several Honor Guard members of the Sheriff's office met with members of the Blue Angels at Logan International Airport. Created in 1946, the Blue Angels is the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron. They were in Massachusetts, as part of Navy week and the bicentennialof the War of 1812.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Peter Koutoujian was introduced as the new Sheriff of Middlesex County at Cambridge District Court in Medford Friday afternoon.
A department-wide audit will be new Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian’s first order of business, he said during a press conference Friday. The former assistant district attorney and state representative said public safety is the top priority of his new job, but an audit of the books--and personnel practices--is his first task. "My priority is to professionalize this office," Koutoujian said after being introduced by Gov. Deval Patrick Friday. Word leaked out early Friday afternoon that Koutoujian would be named Sheriff, replacing John Granara, who served on an interim basis since James DiPaola committed suicide in late November. At a press conference at Cambridge District Court in Medford Friday afternoon, Patrick made it official…
Governor Deval Patrick has just named former assistant district attorney and State Rep. Peter J. Koutoujian to the position of Middlesex County Sheriff.
Governor Deval Patrick appointed State Rep. Peter Koutoujian, D-Waltham, as the new Middlesex County Sheriff today. Gov. Patrick made the announcement today at a press conference at Cambridge District Court, located in Medford. "As a former assistant district attorney and relentless advocate for both crime victims and social services, Peter brings a wealth of expertise, passion and know-how to this critical position," said Governor Patrick. "I look forward to working with him to strengthen our re-entry programs and reduce youth violence." Koutoujian. 49, will replace the late James DiPaola, who killed himself late last year. Koutoujian currently occupies Middlesex County's 10th district seat, which includes Waltham and parts of Watertown …
Governor Deval Patrick expected to announce appointment this afternoon.
Governor Deval Patrick will appoint State Rep. Peter Koutoujian, D-Waltham, as the new Middlesex County Sheriff later today, according to sources in both the sheriff's and governor's offices. The move was first reported by WCVB-TV. An administration official in Patrick's office confirmed the governor would announce Koutoujian at a 2:45 p.m. press conference at Cambridge District Court, located in Medford. Koutoujian. 49, will replace the late James DiPaola, who killed himself late last year. Koutoujian currently occupies Middlesex County's 10th district seat. The governor's office did not immediately return calls to confirm. Voters re-elected Koutoujian to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for an eighth term in November. He …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
By Jan. 1, Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to name a successor to Middlesex County Sheriff James V. DiPaola, who authorities say killed himself in a Maine hotel room in November.
By Jan. 1, Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to name a successor to Middlesex County Sheriff James V. DiPaola, who authorities say killed himself in a Maine hotel room in November after he came under scrutiny for planning to simultaneously collect a pension and salary. The successor Patrick plans to name by the beginning of the new year will hold office until the next state election in 2012, according to reports from the Associated Press. A spokesman from the governor's office said yesterday that the announcement is expected to be made soon. DiPaola won reelection as Middlesex County Sheriff in the Nov. 2 election, but announced his retirement on Nov. 22, effective Jan. 6, after the Boston Globe reported that he planned to exploit a loophole …
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The governor will appoint an interim sheriff until a special election is held in 2012. The winner will serve out the remaining four years in the term.
Governor Deval Patrick has not yet considered a replacement for Middlesex Sheriff James DiPaola, preferring to wait until the family has had time to bury their husband and father before mulling over his choices, according to an official in the governor's office. Special Sheriff John Granara is currently in charge of the Sheriff's department and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Granara will retain control of the department until a replacement is named by the governor, according to Sheriff Chief of Staff and Malden City Councilor Gary Christenson. "John Granara will spearhead the operation until the Governor names a successor. It is a strict gubernatorial appointment meaning that there is no direct legislative input," Christenson …
Monday, November 29, 2010
Official statements from the Sheriff's office, Wells police, Congressman Ed Markey, and the DiPaola family.
The following are the official public statements regarding Middlesex County Sheriff James DiPaola's apparent suicide in Maine Saturday night. The list is in reverse chronological order and will be updated as more statements are made: The DiPaola family statement, released Sunday night: The entire DiPaola Family wishes to acknowledge the outpouring of support and condolences they have received from colleagues, friends, and acquaintances regarding the loss of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. We as a family have decided that all funeral and internment services for the Sheriff will be private. We request that both the public, as well as the media, respect our decision. No further communications on this matter will be …
Family will hold private service for sheriff, asks public and media to respect their privacy.
[Editor's note: The following is the official statement of the DiPaola family, which was released late Sunday night.] The entire DiPaola Family wishes to acknowledge the outpouring of support and condolences they have received from colleagues, friends, and acquaintances regarding the loss of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. We as a family have decided that all funeral and internment services for the Sheriff will be private. We request that both the public, as well as the media, respect our decision. No further communications on this matter will be forthcoming. We thank you in advance for respecting our decision and our privacy.