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Oct 8, 2015

Scam Artists Using Sheriff’s Office Name & Number

Below is a Press Release from the
Office of Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis

 

Sheriff Issues Community Alert

Beware of Scam Artists Using Sheriff’s Office Name & Number

West Boylston – Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis is warning residents about a recent phone scam where scam artists are fraudulently using the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office name and phone number.  In recent days, a caller identifying himself as a representative from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office has attempted to pressure recipients on behalf of the United States Court of Federal Claims into providing payments, credit card & confidential data potentially leading to identity theft and fraud. The calls which use current phone app technology, display a valid Worcester County Sheriff’s Office number and threaten victims with fines and jail time if they do not comply.  These phone calls are fraudulent and are not connected with the United States Court of Federal Claims or the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office does not contact residents and demand payments or ask for credit card information on behalf of the Courts and is asking residents to be vigilant against this most recent scam. Federal and State courts do not require anyone to provide any sensitive information in a telephone call or email. Most contact from federal or state courts is done through the U.S. mail and any phone contact by real court officials will not include requests for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or any other sensitive information. Persons receiving such a telephone call or email should not provide the requested information.  Recent phone scams have also included fraudulent calls regarding IRS non-payment as well as non-compliance with Jury Duty.

“In recent months scam artists have attempted to use the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office name and phone number as a method to harass and fraudulently demand payment from unsuspecting individuals. Our department does not contact residents and demand payment or ask for credit card information.  Today’s scam artists are always trying to stay ahead of the curve, residents need to beware of any unsolicited calls that ask for their credit card information.”  Said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. 

For more information please contact the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office at 508-854-1800 or visit www.worcestercountysheriff.com

Oct 8, 2015

“Dinner on the Lake”

Dear Reserve Deputy,

“No man, woman or child should ever be hungry” is the motto of St. John’s Food for the Poor Program in Worcester.  For over 177 years, St. John’s has lived out its mission by providing sustenance & dignity to anyone who comes to their doors. Today, it is the only place in Worcester where the hungry can go to receive a hot meal.

On Monday July 27th at the Marine Corps League located at 181 Lake Avenue in Worcester, I hope you are able join me & Friends of St. John’s Food For the Poor Program for a wonderful evening & “Dinner on the Lake.”   It will be a fun evening with friends as well as a delicious Italian meal prepared by Napoli Deli of Shrewsbury.  All proceeds to directly benefit St. John’s Food for the Poor Program.

St. John’s Food Pantry is truly a special place that relies solely on private donations and helps hundreds of folks daily who may be less fortunate in our community.  To RSVP, please contact Tony at 508-615-6534 or Brain at 774-633-0214.  Hope to see you there!

Thank you.

Sincerely,


Sheriff, Worcester County

Oct 8, 2015

Sheriff Evangelidis Announces National Accreditation

June 16, 2015

Auburn Mass Daily

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis and Worcester County Sheriff's Office Superintendent David Tuttle along with WCSO employees Kathy Shultz & Dominic Barbara receiving their certificate of accreditation from American Correctional Association (ACA) Officials recently in Columbus, Ohio (Submitted photo)

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis and Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Superintendent David Tuttle along with WCSO employees Kathy Shultz & Dominic Barbara receiving their certificate of accreditation from American Correctional Association (ACA) Officials recently in Columbus, Ohio

 

West Boylston– Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis recently announced the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office has successfully completed all the requirements for Re-Accreditation from the nationally recognized American Correctional Association (ACA). Earning a compliance rating of 99.3%, it is the highest accreditation score ever received by the Worcester County Sheriff ‘s Office. The American Correctional Association founded in 1870, is the oldest and largest correctional association in the world. Their mission is to provide professional organization to departments that share their goal of improving the justice system.

In order to meet the criteria for this award, the department had to be in compliance with 384 stringent standards evaluated through a series of reviews, evaluations, an extensive audit and a formal presentation to the ACA panel. The required standards focus on issues ranging from inmate safety, discipline, health care, education, fiscal efficiency, program development, officer training, and facility administration. Agencies that are accredited must be re-accredited every three years to maintain their status.

Sheriff Evangelidis said, “There is no requirement the WCSO complete the rigorous and challenging process of maintaining National Accreditation, but it is important for our entire staff to demonstrate to the residents of Worcester County that we are committed to professionalism by adhering to the highest industry standards. It is a tribute to our hardworking staff that we excelled in our ACA re-accreditation, considered by many throughout the country as the highest standard of excellence in corrections.”

As the last requirement to complete the re-accreditation process, the Sheriff’s Department presented before the national board in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday May 30th. “ The feedback during our presentation was excellent, they were very impressed with our operating procedures especially in light of the numerous facility challenges
that are inherent in operating the oldest county correctional facility in Massachusetts,” said Superintendent David Tuttle.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office was originally accredited in 2008. After taking office in 2011, Evangelidis made successful re-accreditation a top priority. In 2008, the WCSO was given a compliance rating of 96.3% and improved to a 96.8% during the 2012 audit. The most recent 2015 ACA accreditation score of 99.3%, is the highest rating ever received by the correctional facility.

“When I took office I made a commitment to increase professionalism at the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department including adhering to the highest industry standards, successful reaccreditation is imperative to reaching our goals” said the Sheriff.

The American Correctional Association has been accrediting public safety agencies since 1978. According to the ACA, benefits of accreditation include: improved staff training, defense against lawsuits, increased safety of staff and offenders, assessment of program strengths and weaknesses, reduced insurance liability costs, and increased staff professionalism and moral.

Oct 8, 2015

Inmates Erasing Gardner Graffiti

Part of sheriff’s office program

Katie Landeck

Gardner News

GARDNER  Blasting the wall behind the Parker Street GFA Federal Credit Union with crushed walnut shells, it took the Worcester County Sheriff’s anti-graffiti team an hour to remove a graffiti tag that’s long been an eyesore.

News staff photo by Katie Landeck Deputy Sheriff Daniel Joslyn uses a machine to erase a graffiti tag behind GFA on Parker Street in Gardner on Wednesday. It took about five minutes to erase the mark, leaving behind an empty patch of wall to be painted over.

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Joslyn uses a machine to erase a graffiti tag behind GFA on Parker Street inGardner on Wednesday. It took about five minutes to erase the mark, leaving behind an empty patch of wall to be painted over.

“With resources stretched thin, people don’t have the resources to deal with graffiti,” explained Sheriff Lew Evangeli­dis. “This is a service we can provide free of charge.”

Last month, Mr. Evangelidis unveiled a new inmate work program tackling unwanted graffiti in Worcester County. Through the program, municipalities and private businesses can sign up to have a crew come out and scrub their walls clean of graffiti with a sandblaster-like unit.

“If you don’t stay on top of it, it grows like a weed,” said Mr. Evangelidis.

The unit worked in Gardner this week, cleaning up the Simplex building, the GFA parking lot, and by Tanguay Jewelers downtown.

“The mayor jumped right on this program,” said Mr. Evangelidis.

Mayor Mark Hawke has repeatedly requested the service through his Facebook page. He has also helped create new programs in the city — such as a mural partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College — to deter graffiti.

City Councillor Nathan Boudreau said he was grateful to see the anti-graffiti team in his ward.

“This is the beautification of a highly visible spot,” he said. “It’s wonderful to get a helping hand from the sheriff.”

News staff photo by Katie Landeck Deputy Sheriff Daniel Joslyn, second from right, shows Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke, far left, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and Ward 3 City Councillor Nathan Boudreau graffiti at the GFA building on Parker Street in Gardner on Wednesday.

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Joslyn, second from right, shows Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke, far left, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and Ward 3 City Councillor Nathan Boudreau graffiti at the GFAbuilding on Parker Street inGardner on Wednesday.

The machine that removes the spray paint is operated by a supervising officer, and one or two inmates help and handle the clean-up.

As a safety precaution, the inmates in the program typically do not have a history of graffiti or known affiliations with gangs, according to Mr. Evangelidis. Many gang members refuse to remove a tag out of loyalty or fear of repercussions.

On Wednesday morning, inmate Michael Thomas was helping Officer Daniel Joslyn. With two months left on his sentence, Mr. Thomas was grateful to be involved in the program.

“I worked some in my life as much as I lived on the street,” he said. “I never thought I would be doing this. … It’s good experience and I learn a lot of different jobs so I’m ready for the outside.”

The program started after Mr. Evangelidis heard concerns from many Worcester business owners, who are threatened with a fine if they don’t clean up graffiti within a week of being tagged.

“We only do it at the request of the community,” Mr. Evangelidis said.

How long it takes to remove graffiti depends on the surface, age and type of paint, according to Mr. Joslyn. The bags of crushed walnut shells cost about $50 each.

“It’s a cost we can absorb,” Mr. Evangelidis said.