"Since being appointed in January, 2011, I have made it my goal to bring the Middlesex Sheriff's Office into a modern era of effective and efficient public safety, while saving taxpayer dollars and preventing criminals from reoffending. We have achieved those goals, but there is so much more to be done. With your help and your vote in November, we will continue this progress on a foundation of integrity, initiative and innovation."
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WATCH: Arlington Police Chief Joins Middlesex Sheriff on 'Beyond the Badge'

April 21, 2016 - Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan joined Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas to discuss criminal justice reform during Thursday's edition of Beyond The Badge.

Middlesex Jail graduates 28 inmates from educational, vocational programs

April 21, 2016 - More than two-dozen inmates currently incarcerated in the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction marked their successful completion of educational and vocational programs during a ceremony April 7.

Koutoujian, Arciero: A new tool against child predators

April 16, 2016 - New and emerging technologies have led to significant advances in how and where we are able to communicate with one another, but they have also further opened a dark corner of the electronic world.

Middlesex sheriff speaks during Retired Men's Club of Arlington meeting

March 24, 2016 - Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian was the guest speaker at the March 23 Retired Men’s Club of Arlington meeting.

Governor, Sheriff open correctional unit for veterans

March 24, 2016 - Gov. Charlie Baker joined Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian to formally open the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Housing Unit for Military Veterans — the Commonwealth’s first correctional unit specifically designed for incarcerated veterans.

New Massachusetts documentary 'Beyond the Wall' shows ex-convicts' struggles

March 19, 2016 - When you get to prison, you get a handbook on how to act in prison. When you get released, you don't get a handbook on how to live life.

Sheriff Koutoujian Serves as Co-Chair of 2016 Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign

March 6, 2016 - Campaign focuses on is focused on shifting the understanding of what it means to be a man in today’s world.

Sheriffs Support Senators' Call to Maintain Pretrial Health Care Coverage

February 10, 2016 - Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian attended an event in Washington D.C. with Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey on Tuesday.

Middlesex County sheriff wants inmates to keep Medicaid

February 9, 2016 - Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian called Tuesday for a change in federal policy to make sure people on Medicaid can keep their benefits should they be held in jail awaiting trial and, if convicted, be able to restart those benefits upon release.

Female inmates to be eligible for Middlesex sheriff's opioid recovery program

February 4, 2016 - Women leaving MCI-Framingham will soon be eligible to participate in the Middlesex County Sheriff's office's MATADOR opioid recovery program.

Regional lockup facility bill passes hurdle

February 3, 2016 - When a small police department makes an arrest, it can put a stress on manpower and financial resources. The answer to those problems, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian said, is the creation of regional lockup facilities run by the sheriff’s offices.

Billerica man sentenced for attack on correctional officers

January 23, 2016 - A Billerica man was convicted Thursday of assaulting two correctional officers last July at the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction and sentenced to more time behind bars for the attacks, authorities said.

Koutoujian Tackles Social Ills in Prisons; Sheriff Addresses Opioid Addiction Among Inmates

January 14, 2016 - Peter Koutoujian is one of the best known Armenian politicians in Massachusetts, and appears more and more as a spokesman for Armenians on a national level. He has been playing an important role in the field of law enforcement as sheriff of Middlesex County, and is often involved in policy discussions statewide. In a recent interview, Koutoujian spoke about some key aspects of his work.

Wicked Sober founder visits Middlesex Jail & House of Correction

January 14, 2016 - Wicked Sober founder Mike Duggan visited the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction on Dec. 14 as part of the new Monday Moments Speaker Series. Duggan discussed his own battle with addiction with approximately 60 inmates as part of Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian’s new speaker series.

Drug Offender License Bill Sails Through Mass. House

January 6, 2016 - After a unanimous vote in the House on Wednesday, both branches of the Legislature have approved a bill repealing a 1989 law that automatically suspended the driver’s licenses for drug offenders whose crimes had nothing to do with operating a motor vehicle.

Sheriff Koutoujian Commends President's Actions To Address Gun Violence

January 6, 2016 - "I encourage Congress to support the President’s proposal to hire an additional 200 ATF agents," said the Middlesex County Sheriff.

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Since becoming sheriff in 2011, Peter Koutoujian has made it a priority to ensure the Middlesex Sheriff's Office is providing effective resources to the community and efficient use of taxpayer dollars.

Sheriff Koutoujian increased the savings from the inmate Community Work Program by 50% over the previous year. This inmate labor program completed municipal projects across the county for free, bringning $1.5million in savings to the taxpayers.

Inmate healthcare, which makes up a large portion of the department’s budget, was dealt with head-on by Sheriff Koutoujian. He was able to save $145,000 by enrolling inmates in MassHealth and future initiatives will result in even more taxpayer savings.

Koutoujian also streamlined inmate transportation, brought greater control to the use of department resources and continues to pursue ways to do more and spend less.

Through strong partnerships with local, regional and federal law enforcement agencies, Sheriff Koutoujian has brought progressive thinking and new tools to the citizens of Middlesex County.

Upon becoming Sheriff, he assessed all law enforcement equipment, deeming the marine unit underutilized and unnecessary for use by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office. He transitioned the unit to State Surplus and ultimately to a police department on the south shore with direct marine law enforcement responsibilities that will fully realize the unit’s potential.

Information sharing with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, as well as with local police helps to identify criminals faster and with greater accuracy.

Partnerships have also resulted in drug take-back and gun take-back programs to help get harmful substances and weapons off our streets.

Sheriff Koutoujian developed a new TRIAD Program, which focuses on empowering senior citizens to recognize fraudulent behavior whether over the phone, online or in-person. TRIAD will educate, assist, support and unite senior citizens by creating councils that address the needs of specific communities.

In addition to TRIAD, Sheriff Koutoujian partnered with Lo/Jack and their SafetyNet program in order to assist families of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Participants enrolled receive a bracelet that, when activated, can be tracked in case of a missing person.

Now in its 13th year, the Middlesex Youth Public Safety Academy has become the cornerstone of the Sheriff’s youth services. Sheriff Koutoujian expanded the program’s reach, with more than 1,600 children attending the program in his first summer at the helm. Koutoujian introduced new educational components, an emphasis on bullying-prevention and a new, healthy eating initiative.

To address the needs of older youth, Sheriff Koutoujian has expanded the use of the office’s Strike Two program, which teaches high school students about smart decision-making. Inmates are brought into schools to speak with students about the mistakes that landed them behind bars and show the real life consequences of breaking the law.

The Sheriff is also continuing work on creating a teen dating violence program and increasing the involvement of families in the rehabilitation of incarcerated criminals.

A major priority of Sheriff Koutoujian is to reduce recidivism through smart and effective inmate programs, rehabilitation and education. He expanded addiction services and established a partnership with the Mass. Department of Veteran’s Services to address the special needs of inmates with military backgrounds.

Koutoujian created several new inmate educational opportunities, such as the Xerox Corrections to Career program that teaches inmates job skills in the printing industry, a “green” custodial certification program and the Venturing Out program, which teaches students the finer points of operating a small business. In combination with the growth of the Culinary Arts Program, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office offers inmates the opportunity to gain skills that will help them remain in control and out of trouble.

Koutoujian also remains committed to the needs of female prisoners and is working tirelessly to bring a female facility to Middlesex County. In his first year as Sheriff, he began the supervised release of women through the MSO electronic monitoring program.