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Swearing-In Empowers Officers to Assist Local Departments
LOWELL, Mass. – Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian today deputized UMass Lowell police officers in a ceremony on campus.
The swearing-in ceremony, held at UMass Lowell’s historic Allen House, is the first Koutoujian has performed for an outside agency since he was named sheriff in January by Gov. Deval Patrick.
“The foundation of public safety is communication and cooperation. I am proud of our partnership with the University of Massachusetts Lowell and together we stand with the greater Lowell community to prevent crime on campus and bolster safety on our streets,” said Koutoujian.
As sheriff’s deputies, the UMass Lowell police officers have expanded law enforcement powers that allow them to respond to emergencies off campus and provide mutual aid in Lowell and surrounding communities.
“Community policing is an important role of the UMass Lowell Police Department. With the designation as sheriff’s deputies, our police officers will be better able to serve that mission by assisting departments in Lowell and in communities across the Merrimack Valley,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan.
“In addition to working with our partners in local communities, these expanded powers will allow all of our officers to take action in any emergency situation they encounter,” said UMass Lowell Police Chief Randy Brashears.
The ceremony served to deputize some UMass Lowell officers for the first time and to renew deputy status for others. Those newly deputized by Koutoujian were Sgt. Thomas McLeod and Officers John Boles, Scott Childs, Nicholas Dokos, Casey Finn, Kyle Griffin and Fred Rheault. Those who were re-deputized included Chief Randy Brashears, Lt. Melissa Mullen, Sgt. Christopher Avey, Sgt. Kyle Delegge, Sgt. Steven Eramo, Sgt. Richard St. Onge and Officers James Colella, Michael Holder, Norberto Melendez, Walter Nadeau, Patrick O’Hara, Michael Soucy, George Theokas and Leo Tousignant.
Representatives of the Lowell Fire Department and Lowell National Historical Park rangers also participated in the ceremony.
Koutoujian, a former state legislator and Middlesex County prosecutor, has led statewide efforts on victims’ rights and suicide prevention. He has taught law and political science courses and served as a guest lecturer at several Massachusetts colleges and universities. He holds a bachelor of science in psychology from Bridgewater State College, a law degree from the New England School of Law and a master’s degree in public affairs from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
UMass Lowell, with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. The university offers its 14,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education. www.uml.edu