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May 23, 2016

Sheriff Evangelidis Swears-In New Class of Correction Officers Including Auburn’s Sullivan

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis pictured with twenty-one new correction officers including Auburn resident Officer Nicholas Sullivan
at the recent WCSO Graduation ceremony held on at Anna Maria College (Submitted photo)

Auburn Daily News – March 16, 2016

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis recently welcomed twenty-one new correction officers to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office during a graduation ceremony held on December 11th at Anna Maria College.

Officer Nicholas Sullivan of Auburn was part of the 44th Graduating class of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Basic Recruit Training Academy. The group which also included six military servicemen were the ninth class to graduate under Sheriff Evangelidis’ increased hiring standards which he introduced shortly after taking office.

Since taking office, Evangelidis has made significant changes to the hiring standards in order to professionalize the department. All correctional officer applicants must have, at minimum, an associates degree or at least two years of military service.  They must also take and pass a written exam, physical fitness test, background check and psychological screening test. Evangelidis has also implemented a policy that prohibits the acceptance of letters of recommendation from politicians while United States military applicants are given priority status in the hiring process.

“With over 6,200 inmates going through the jail doors each year, we look for the best individuals we can find to make our community a safer place and to ensure the public safety of our citizens.  Our new officers have met the highest hiring standards in corrections today and have completed the finest training academy in Massachusetts”  Evangelidis continued “Corrections is a hard job with significant challenges, our success although difficult to quantify will be measured by the crimes that are never committed in our community.” said Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis.

During the twelve week academy recruits are taught to handle the daily challenges of safely keeping the care, custody, and control of inmates incarcerated at the Worcester County Jail & House of Correction.  Classroom topics include legal issues, mental health in a correctional setting, staff/inmate interaction, security/emergency procedures, interpersonal communication skills and use of force regulations.

In addition, instructors use hands-on training to teach defensive tactics, fire safety, use of restraint, searches, driver training, weapons qualification and physical fitness is held daily. Students are also quizzed on policy weekly and recruits must maintain an academic average of at least 70 percent in order to graduate.

Also during the academy the recruits performed community service donating to Planting the Seed Foundation’s Annual Toy Drive, assisting with the Sheriff’s 10th Annual Food Drive, serving breakfast at St. John’s Food for the Poor Program in Worcester as well as running as a unit in the Veterans Memorial 5K Road Race and Walk.

“All twenty-one officers graduating here today should be very proud, as you have demonstrated hard work and dedication over the past twelve weeks in overcoming the challenges presented. I look forward to working with each and everyone of you.” said Evangelidis.

May 23, 2016

Sheriff’s K9 Unit Awarded Helping Heroes Grant For Exemplary use of Shelter Dogs in Law Enforcement

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis pictured with members of the WCSO K9 Unit including canines Maya & Jaxx along with Petco Foundation Regional Program Mananger Lee Domaszowec announced that the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office is the recipient of a $30,000 Petco Foundation Helping Heroes Grant Award for their exemplary use of Shelter Dogs in Law Enforcement.  In the background is the new construction of a 2,200 square foot recreation and exercise canine pen made possible by the Helping Heroes Grant.

West Boylston –  The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office today announced it has been awarded a $30,000 Helping Heroes Grant from the Petco Foundation. The grant is in support of the Sheriff’s Office K9 unit for their exemplary use of shelter dogs for law enforcement and narcotics detection.  Since taking office in January 2011, Sheriff Evangelidis has made it a priority to replace retiring canines within the department with shelter or surrender dogs for law enforcement and narcotics detection purposes.  

Currently, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit is comprised of four dogs. Nikkita and Jaxx, both labrador mix breeds, are single purpose narcotics detection canines donated to the Sheriff’s Office by the Sterling Animal Shelter.  While on duty with their partners, Lt. Thomas Chabot and Officer Derek Peck, Jaxx and Nikkita routinely sniff search inmate cells, incoming jail mail, visiting areas as well as inmate work crews upon their return to the correctional facility.   Along with the team’s newest member Duke, a 14 month old yellow lab and surrender from Holden, all three pooches are highly trained in detection of illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy & methamphetamines as well as prescription drugs such as oxycodone, hyrdrocodone, oxycontin and other opiate based derivatives.

In addition to narcotics detection, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit also conducts missing persons searches as well as criminal apprehensions thanks to Maya, a bloodhound that was donated to the Sheriff’s Department and routinely assists local communities in active searches with her partner Officer Peter Campo.

Serving as a role model department for other law enforcement agencies across the country by implementing the use of shelter and surrender dogs into their K9 Unit, the Petco Foundation awarded its Helping Heroes Grant to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.  

“We are honored to support the work of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.  We are impressed with their K9 team and applaud their commitment to replacing retiring dogs with shelter dogs,” said Susanne Kogut, Executive Director of the Petco Foundation.  “By saving these dogs and transforming them into successful members of their communities, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office showcases just how special animals awaiting adoption are which inspires others to choose pet adoption. We are grateful for their progressive and innovative program.”  said Kogut.

The Petco Foundation each year provides millions of dollars in grant awards to make a difference in the lives of animals.  The Foundation is funded through donations raised in Petco’s more than 1,400 stores as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions.  Created in 1999, money raised through the foundation has gone directly to help over 5 million animals to promote and nurture positive animal programs and healthier pets, including adoption, medical care, cancer research, therapy and numerous other lifesaving initiatives.

This year’s Helping Heroes Grant award in support of the heroes of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit will help provide a year’s worth of dog food, veterinary fees, supplies such as dog beds and water bowls, national bloodhound training, narcotic training aids for the detection dogs and a new 2,200 square foot climate controlled kennel and exercise pen for the department’s furriest members.  

“The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office is honored to be the recipient of the Petco Foundation’s Helping Heroes Grant for our exemplary work with shelter dogs in law enforcement.   All four of our canines came from extraordinary circumstances including homelessness and surrender to become highly trained and sophisticated single purpose detection dogs serving both our Department as well as the citizens of Worcester County.”  Evangelidis continued  “This grant will assist with their training, supplies, veterinary & food costs as well as the construction of a new 2,200 square foot recreation & exercise K9 Pen.  Our dogs work hard everyday in the line of duty, they truly are local heroes.”  said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.



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