Press Release

Jul 19, 2016

Sheriff’s Inmate Work Crew Paints it Forward at Petersham Center School

Inmate Work Crews Petersham

 

Sheriff’s Inmate Work Crew Paints it Forward at Petersham Center School

Program provides over Six Million Dollars in savings for Worcester County Communities 

Petersham – Committed to making a positive difference both inside the Worcester County Jail & House of Correction and in the community, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis has been providing inmate work crews to assist budget strapped cities and towns all over Worcester County.  The Sheriff’s Inmate Community Service Program provides cost free labor to municipalities and non-profit organizations by non-violent, non-sex offender individuals who have earned a place in the program and under Sheriff Evangelidis the inmate work crews have been very hard at work.  

 

Since taking office in January of 2011, Evangelidis has more than tripled the size of the Inmate Community Service Program providing Worcester County communities with an impressive six million dollars in savings along with over 1,000 work projects completed.  Another plus from the Sheriff’s expanded program, inmates benefit as well by learning job skills and a sense of self worth and dignity that comes from a productive days work while the recipients, hundreds of local non-profit organizations and municipalities from throughout the county have had projects completed by the inmate work crews that they could not have afforded otherwise.  

Most recently, the Sheriff’s inmate work program spent the week working at the Petersham Center School painting classrooms, hallways and the gymnasium during the school’s summer break.  Under Evangelidis, the inmate work program has provided over $20,000 in savings in labor and maintenance costs for Petersham’s Center School.

“This program is a tremendous help to our school, the fresh paint in our classrooms, hallways and gymnasium looks great.” said Petersham Center School Principal Joanne Menard.  “Having the inmate labor saves us an extraordinary amount of time, manpower and money to get these projects done and we can not thank the Sheriff enough for helping us out each year.  It’s so great to see the inmates paint it forward and benefit from the program as well!”  said Menard.

“In addition to our primary responsibility of public safety, our department is also proud to serve as a resource for Worcester County cities and towns.  Through our inmate community service program, we not only save millions of dollars for our local communities but promote the idea that the inmates who work in this program, they are people trying to turn their lives around.”  Evangelidis continued   “These individuals have earned their way into this program, are giving back and the community benefits as well.   With thousands of projects already completed county-wide, this week we were happy to help out  at Petersham Center School.  It’s a true win-win program.”  said Sheriff Evangelidis.

Jul 19, 2016

Sheriff’s inmate work crews help out at Rutland’s Treasure Valley

Sheriff’s inmate work crews help out at Rutland’s Treasure Valley


Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, Friends of Treasure Valley Volunteer Wayne Mallquist of Holden & WCSO Officer Michael Mastrorio along with inmates in the Sheriff's Community Service Program assembly tents at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Rutland. The inmates recently provided labor to ready the campsites in anticipation of thousands of Boy Scouts who will be camping at the reservation during the summer months. 
Submitted photo

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, Friends of Treasure Valley Volunteer Wayne Mallquist of Holden & WCSO OfficerMichael Mastrorio along with inmates in the Sheriff’sCommunity Service Program assembly tents at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Rutland. The inmates recently provided labor to ready the campsites in anticipation of thousands of Boy Scouts who will be camping at the reservation during the summer months. Submitted photoWorcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis has been providing inmate work crews to assist budget strapped cities and towns all over Worcester County. The Sheriff ’s Inmate Community Service Program provides cost free labor to municipalities and nonprofit organizations by non-violent, non-sex offender individuals who have earned a place in the program and under Sheriff Evangelidis the inmate work crews have been very hard at work.

Since taking office in January of 2011, Evangelidis has more than tripled the size of the Inmate Community Service Program providing Worcester County communities with an impressive six million dollars in savings with over 1,000 work projects completed. Another plus from the Sheriff ’s expanded program, inmates benefit as well by learning job skills and a sense of self worth and dignity that comes from a productive day’s work while the recipients, hundreds of local non-profit organizations and municipalities from throughout the county have had projects completed by the inmate work crews that they could not have afforded otherwise.

Most recently, the Sheriff ’s inmate work program spent the week assisting Rutland’s Treasure Valley Scout Reservation installing docks, preparing campsites and setting up hundreds of tents in anticipation of the thousands of Boy Scouts and Webelos who will camp at the scout reservation during the summer months. Under Evangelidis, the inmate work program has provided $60,000 in savings in labor and maintenance costs for Treasure Valley.

“As usual they did a great job, the campsites look great,” said Friends of Treasure Valley Volunteer Wayne Mallquist of Holden. “There was a lot of work to do here in preparation of the thousands of Boy Scouts and Webelos who camp here all summer long. Having the inmate labor saves us an extraordinary amount of time, manpower and money and we can not thank the Sheriff enough for helping us out each year,” said Mallquist.

“In addition to our primary responsibility of public safety, our department is also proud to serve as a resource for Worcester County cities and towns. Through our inmate community service program, we not only save millions of dollars for our local communities but promote the idea that the inmates who work in this program, they are people trying to turn their lives around,” said the Sheriff. “These individuals have earned their way into this program, are giving back and the community benefits as well. With thousands of projects already completed county-wide, this week we were happy to help out the Boy Scouts & Rutland’s Treasure Valley. It’s a true win-win program.”

Jul 19, 2016

Worcester County Sheriff’s Police Dog to Receive Body Armor

Thursday, July 14, 2016

K9 Maya

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office announced that K9 Maya will receive body armor in the form of a bullet and stab protective vest. The vest comes as a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 

“The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office is very appreciative of the Vested Interest in K9s Organization for their generous donation of a bullet and stab protective vest for our K9 Maya. Our K9’s work very hard each day facing challenging situations and keeping us safe, it’s extremely important we do all we can to help keep them safe in the line of duty,” said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.

K9 Maya is a 2-year-old single purpose trailing bloodhound.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc is a charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement agencies.

Since their creation in 2009, they have provided more than 1,900 protective vests in 49 states  through private and corporate donations at a cost of over $1.7 million.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests are eligible to participate.

Jul 5, 2016

Sheriff announces date of Annual Senior Picnic

Sheriff announces date of Annual Senior Picnic

Submitted to The Champion

SHREWSBURY — Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis has announced the Sheriff ’s Annual Senior Picnic will be held at SAC Park in Shrewsbury on Saturday Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Admission is free for all seniors.

“As sheriff, hosting the Annual Senior Picnic is one of the great highlights of the year,” Evangelidis said. “This year’s Senior Picnic will be a wonderful fun filled day to give back to the seniors of Worcester County who have given so much to their communities over the years.”

The Sheriff ’s Annual Senior Picnic has become the biggest senior picnic event throughout the region, and is sponsored by the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff ’s Association, including donations by many local businesses. In addition to a traditional BBQ menu, the Sheriff ’s Picnic will include a fun afternoon of complimentary bingo games, raffle prizes and music entertainment.

For more information on the Sheriff ’s Senior Picnic, please contact the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff ’s Association at (508) 796-2638 or visit www.worcestercountysheriff.com.