May 19, 2020
Dear YPSA Families,
Please allow me to thank you again for registering your Cadet for the 2020 Youth Public Safety Academy. Our camp is one of our most cherished community programs – for me, for our Middlesex Sheriff’s Office counselors and staff, and of course for our Cadets. We look forward to this time every year, and I know your families do too.
As you know, the health and wellbeing of our Cadets has always been the first priority of the Youth Public Safety Academy. We have not received guidance from state officials as to whether camps will be allowed operate this summer, and if so under what restrictions. Given the uncertainty that still exists, we believe the only responsible option is to cancel YPSA this year. This is a difficult decision for us, but we feel it is in the best interest of our Cadets and your families.
I understand that your Cadet may have questions about why they are not coming to camp this year – as a father myself, I know these conversations can be difficult to navigate. Please let them know that the public safety personnel they get to know at camp – their local police officers, firefighters, and Middlesex Sheriff’s Office staff – are hard at work keeping our communities healthy and safe. And just like we always teach at YPSA, they can help us in that mission. By staying at home, washing their hands for at least 20 seconds, and practicing social distancing, they are being excellent public safety role models.
To you parents and guardians, thank you again for entrusting us with the wellbeing of your Cadets every year. While this summer will be different, we are already looking forward to being able to gather together again for YPSA in 2021. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ken Doucette by phone at 978-495-7408 or by email at [email protected]. In the meantime, please stay healthy and stay safe.
Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian