Each summer for the past four years, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department has assembled a new class of high school juniors and seniors from Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop to participate in the Department’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP).
At the completion of this seven-week internship, members of the Department proudly celebrate the accomplishments of the group before releasing them to enjoy the final weeks of summer and to allow them to prepare for the upcoming school year.
For the duration of the program, SEP participants worked at sites within the Suffolk County Jail, and Suffolk County House of Correction, and the Department’s Correction Officer Training Academy in Chelsea and Civil Process Division. Program participants embarked on a variety of field trips to locations that included the Office of the US Marshals; the Boston Police Department; the Dorchester Courthouse; the University of Massachusetts at Boston; the Boston Fire Department; the Massachusetts State House; Boston City Hall; Mass Housing and other sites, and they met with a who’s who of officials from state and city government, law enforcement and the judicial system.
Among the people that members of the SEP visited with, including Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and representatives of the Department, were: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker; Boston Mayor Marty Walsh; Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey; Boston Police Superintendent-In-Chief William Gross; Judges Jonathan Tynes and Serge Georges, Jr.; Mass Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Police Chief Kenneth Green; and many others.
On the final day of the program, SEP participants gathered at the Jail to reflect upon their experiences, and to receive certificates of completion and congratulations from members of the Department.
On behalf of Sheriff Tompkins and the entire Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, we offer congratulations and thanks to each of the 2017 Summer Enrichment Program interns.