From the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, March 29, 2017: Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian is pleased to announce an initiative aimed at engaging local residents with developmental disabilities.

The Special Citizens Academy is a free, four-week program launching April 11 at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Training Academy in Chelmsford. The program is designed for residents ages 18 and older with developmental disabilities who have an interest in public safety and learning more about the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.

“As we continue our efforts to engage more residents within Middlesex County, we see this academy as an incredible opportunity to introduce more people to who we are and what we do,” Koutoujian said.

The academy will meet once a week for two hours and include presentations on the role of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office; the office’s K9 unit; Internet safety and awareness; fire safety and first aid; and mobile operations. The program will conclude with a graduation ceremony May 2.

A limited number of spots are available for the first class and will be filled in a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure a spot in the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Special Citizens Academy, call community affairs deputy director Tino Capobianco at (978) 495-7410.