Left to Right: Mike Hazel, Chief, Tewksbury Fire Department; Christopher Malone, Superintendent, Tewksbury Public Schools; Marian Ryan, District Attorney; Timothy Sheehan, Chief, Tewksbury Police Department
LOWELL – More than 115 school superintendents, police chiefs, fire chiefs and elected officials from Middlesex County joined Middlesex District Attorney Marian at the Superintendents and Chiefs Breakfast. This annual event, held this year at UTEC in Lowell, brings staff from the district attorney’s office together with educators, law enforcement and community leaders to collaborate on students’ safety, juvenile justice and crime prevention strategies.
“The Superintendents and Chiefs Breakfast presents an important opportunity for bringing together educators, police and fire chiefs as well as legislators to discuss innovative initiatives to intervene with children before they become involved in the justice system,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Partnerships like Project CARE, which works to provide mental health services to children who experience trauma, as well as our juvenile diversion program, which offers an alternative to prosecution, are examples of the proactive measures that the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Middlesex County educators are implementing to keep students safe and healthy.”
District Attorney Ryan took the opportunity to discuss the work of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in encouraging students to make safe and healthy decisions, addressing topics including opioid and substance misuse and its impacts on children and adolescents, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office’s Juvenile Diversion program, designed to work with first-time juvenile offenders as an alternative to prosecution and educational initiatives like the Cut-it-Out program, a training for cosmetology students, including those at vocational high schools, that educates future aestheticians to recognize the signs of domestic abuse.
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