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May 23, 2006

CONTACT: Steve Tompkins
Ed Geary Jr.
(617) 961-6672


Boston – Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral is pleased to announce the debut of a new half hour weekly cable television show produced by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and coming to the Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN), Channel 9. The show is titled “Common Ground” and will start airing on June 1, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. This innovative new cable television show will continue broadcasting from this Thursday afternoon 1:30 p.m. time slot on a weekly basis with re-runs to be shown at various times throughout the week.

The first live call-in show will feature Sheriff Cabral and her guest State Representative Marie St. Fleur. This distinguished Representative covers the Fifth Suffolk District and currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the House Committee on Ways and Means at the State House. This influential committee considers all legislation affecting the finances of the Commonwealth.

“The Sheriff is looking to introduce transparencies within the Sheriff’s Department so that the public knows what we do on a daily basis,” said Steve Tompkins, Director of External Affairs and Communications.

Subsequent programs will showcase various departments that encompass the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department such as: Custody, Medical, Transportation, and Communications. The Sheriff is also looking forward to bringing in outside partners such as: the Boston Police Department, the State Police and the District Attorneys Office to come on the show as guests.

“Our goal is to reach out to not only our Boston residents, but to ALL the residents of Suffolk County,” said Ed Geary Jr., Public Affairs Officer and Co-Producer of the program. With that in mind, the Communications and External Affairs Division of the Sheriff’s Department has also created relationships with the public access programming managers for Chelsea, Winthrop and Revere cable stations as well. “This is a great way for the Sheriff to let the public see the hard work that being done inside of our facilities,” said Geary.

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