Thursday, May 23, 2013
The campaign committee called “Koutoujian for Congress” allows the candidate to raise money for a campaign and hire campaign staff.
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced Thursday that he is opening a Congressional campaign committee account. The move is a serious indication that Koutoujian will run for U.S. Congress if Congressman Edward Markey wins the U.S. Senate special election next month. "I have dedicated my life to working on issues important to the people I have been honored to represent as a legislator and now as Sheriff. If given the opportunity, I intend to fight for the people of the 5th Congressional district as their representative in Washington," said Koutoujian. "Throughout my career, I have focused on guaranteeing access to quality, affordable health care, enacting common sense measures to strengthen our economy, ensuring public …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian was in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to attend a White House press conference calling for legislative action on Capitol Hill to reduce gun violence.
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian was in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to attend a White House press conference calling for legislative action on Capitol Hill to reduce gun violence, according to a press statement. Koutoujian joined law enforcement leaders from across the nation as Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder called for common-sense measures to be enacted by Congress to reduce gun violence, according to the statement. Joining the sheriff at the press conference from Middlesex County were Natick Police Chief James Hicks, Framingham Police Chief Steven Carl and Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco, Jr. and Brookline Police Chief Daniel C. O’Leary, according to the statement. “It was an honor to join my colleagues as the …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian will be visiting Washington, D.C. Tuesday to attend a White House press conference on President Obama’s gun violence prevention legislation.
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian will be in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to attend a White House press conference on President Obama’s gun violence prevention legislation, according to a press statement. Vice President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder, along with law enforcement officials from across the country, will call on Congress to pass common-sense measures to reduce gun violence, according to the statement. “I am honored to have been asked to join my colleagues from across the country to stand in unison with Vice President Biden in calling on Congress to enact common-sense gun violence prevention measures,” Koutoujian said in the statement. “It is time for the productive, respectful dialogue that has taken place at …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian issued a statement in response to inquiries on whether he would run for the Middlesex DA's seat.
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian is not ruling out a run to become the next Middlesex County District Attorney. Koutoujian, in a statement released in response to inquires on whether he would run to fill the seat Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone plans to vacate, said "never say never." “I love my job as Sheriff of Middlesex County and am focused on the work before me," Koutoujian said in the statement. "One of my guiding principles has always been to never say never to any opportunity in which I can provide benefit to the people I serve. But today, I’d just like to congratulate Gerry on what must have been a difficult decision and thank him for his service to Middlesex County." Koutoujian was appointed to his office …
Wednesday, January 9, 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 Dec. 19, 39 out of 54 Middlesex County communities had enrolled in the program. “We, as police officers, have known for years that there is a …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Scott Brazis will take over as special sheriff—second in command—from Patrick Murphy, who's retiring.
Middlesex 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 County 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, November 21, 2012
A Malden resident is facing allegations she inappropriately used sick time to pursue a career in real estate.
A Middlesex County Sheriff's Office employee is facing criminal fraud charges for allegedly working another job while she remained on medical leave from the sheriff's office. Joyce Drinkwater, 67, of Malden was charged on Nov. 19 with knowingly presenting a fraudulent claim to a public employer for a benefit, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office. Drinkwater allegedly collected her full salary as she stayed on medical leave from the sheriff's office. Drinkwater, who worked in the sheriff's payroll office, took medical leave in June and when that ended she allegedly used her unused sick time remain out on leave, according to the DA's office. She allegedly certified to the sheriff's office that she was unable to work …
Friday, June 29, 2012
The TRIAD program focuses on empowering senior citizens to recognize fraudulent behavior.
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Friday, June 29, 2012
Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian visited Winchester on Wednesday to meet with seniors at the Jenks Center where he spoke about the role of the Sheriff in the community, including his responsibility for the care and custody of inmates. The sheriff spoke about educational and vocational programs put in place at the Middlesex House of Correction that provide inmates with opportunities to better themselves and learn skills that can help them be productive members of society following their release. Koutoujian also discussed the Community Work Program which allows minimum security inmates who pass a rigorous screening process the opportunity to participate in community works projects in cities and towns across the county. Inmates paint, …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The sheriff will introduce a new program that benefits senior citizens.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian is stopping by the Jenks Center today to visit with Winchester senior citizens. The sheriff will join Ruth Young of the Winchester Council on Aging and Town Manager Richard Howard at 1 p.m. to discuss the department's new TRIAD Program and the sheriff's role in the community. The program focuses on empowering senior citizens to recognize fraudulent behavior by hosting educational events and providing tips and resources on how seniors can stay safe and avoid being the object of criminal behavior. For more local news, sign up for the free Winchester Patch newsletter, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.