Each summer, the Middlesex Sheriff's Office sponsors the Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) for 8-12 year-olds from communities across the county. YPSA is a week-long camp designed to expose our youngest citizens to role models in public safety – namely sheriff’s officers and local police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, as well as to teach them valuable life and safety lessons.
YPSA cadets participate in a series of activities throughout the camp – visiting with the local police and fire officials on community day and learning about fire safety hazards in our fire safety trailer. Cadets also learn how to make evacuation plans for emergency situations and participate in exercises designed to demonstrate the power and importance of teamwork during a visit to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica.
The Academy is run at the Middlesex Training Academy in Chelmsford, with transportation and lunch provided. YPSA runs for six, one-week sessions each summer.