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Jul 2, 2013

Sheriff replaces Reverse 911 system with smartphone alerts

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis holds a smartphone with the Ping4 App that will notify people of local safety emergencies.

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis holds a smartphone with the Ping4 App that will notify people of local safety emergencies.

By Linda Bock TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
lbock@telegram.com

WEST BOYLSTON —  Grab your smartphone, there’s a new app in town.

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis recently replaced the Reverse 911 notification system with what he said is a much speedier and more efficient public safety notification system called Ping4alerts. The mobile alert communications system was designed to instantly notify citizens about local public safety emergencies such as missing persons, severe weather, traffic situations, natural disasters and fast-moving emergencies.

“If we had a Marathon bomber in Worcester County, I’d want to be able to notify people,” Sheriff Evangelidis said, and be able to send real-time updates. He said alerts can be sent out in the same time it takes to send an email or text alert. “This really focuses on public safety.” Read more…

Jan 26, 2013

Trying to stop jail’s revolving door

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While other inmates listen, Marco Arroyo expresses his gratitude for the Hazelton Community Project relapse program during a ceremony this week at the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction in West Boylston. The inmates received certificates for completing an anger management or relapse prevention program. (T&G Staff/PAUL KAPTEYN)

W. BOYLSTON RELAPSE PREVENTION PROGRAM

By Linda Bock TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

WEST BOYLSTON — Marcos Arroyo choked up as he stood up in front of about 30 other inmates at the Worcester County Jail & House of Correction to admit he is a “chronic relapser,” and to thank his substance abuse counselor and his fellow inmates for helping him make it through the Relapse Prevention certificate program.Mr. Arroyo and 32 fellow inmates received certificates Wednesday from either the Anger Management or the Relapse Prevention classes held the past 10 weeks. A few inmates received certificates for completion of both programs. Read more…

Jan 16, 2013

Nikita’s dogged determination helps him detect drugs

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Sgt. Thomas Chabot and Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis with Nikita, the new drug-sniffing dog adopted from the Sterling Animal Shelter.

With his small size and friendly personality, Nikita hardly resembles a stereotypically menacing police dog.But both traits make him perfect for his new role: He has been specially trained to assist the Worcester County Sheriff’s office in detecting drugs.

The nine-month-old lab-terrier mix recently completed a 14-week canine training program at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office with his handler, Sgt. Thomas Chabot of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. Read more…

Jan 10, 2013

Inmate work crew pitches in at Westboro Senior Center

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis with Westborough Senior Center Custodian Jim Ballard, left, and WCSO Officer Jason Firmin.

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis with Westborough Senior Center Custodian Jim Ballard, left, and WCSO Officer Jason Firmin.

WESTBORO — Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis recently provided a work crew through the Inmate Community Service Program to the Westboro Senior Center.

Inmates painted the kitchen and food prep area and helped remove snow from entryways and walkways, saving the senior center an estimated $8,000 in labor and maintenance costs.

The WCSO Inmate Community Service Program provides free labor to municipalities and nonprofit organizations by nonviolent, non-sex offender individuals who have earned a place in the program.

“We truly appreciate Sheriff Evangelidis providing the Inmate Community Service Program to paint our kitchen at the senior center and to remove snow from our walkways. The Sheriff’s inmate work crew was very respectful and did an outstanding job, and we are very grateful for the many thousands of dollars this program has saved us in labor and maintenance costs,” said Senior Center Executive Director Alma DeManche.

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