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April 24, 2009

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Sheriff’s Department officers with first justice of the court Kathleen E. Coffey and Assistant Chief Probation Officer Mary Tracey-Walsh.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently helped to support the 11th annual Law Day held at the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court. Officers met with students from five local schools that visited the West Roxbury courthouse to celebrate the importance of the American legal system and the rule of law.

“Law Day is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate our rights and freedoms under the constitution of the United States,” said first justice of the court Kathleen E. Coffey. “It is also an opportunity for us to thank our employees, the police, and members of the Sheriff’s Department for the superior work they do everyday.”

At the event, the Sheriff’s Department joined forces with the District Attorney’s Office, the Boston Police K–9 Unit, the Massachusetts State Police, the Boston Park Rangers, Boston EMS, and the Boston Fire Department to participate in Law Day.

Representing the Department was Sergeant Abiezer Ayuso, Corporal Keith Chan, Deputies Justin Plaza & Robert Tempesta, and Officers Deyanira Feliz & Maribel Morales. They presented the Department Ident–a–Youth program, handed out safety tips activity books with Junior Deputy badges and talked with the students. The Sheriff ’s Department also brought a transportation van, a cruiser, and a motorcycle which all proved to be a big hit with the youngsters.

“I’m glad that the Sheriff’s Department was once again able to take part in the West Roxbury Law Day celebration,” said Deputy Plaza. “The Department is committed to reaching out to the youngsters of Suffolk County with our youth based programs. The students attending the event seemed to be excited about receiving our safety tips booklets and checking out our Department’s vehicles and equipment.”

Over 100 sixth–grade students attended the event from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School in Jamaica Plain, the Charles Sumner School and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart School in Roslindale, the Henry L. Higginson School in Roxbury, and the Richard J. Murphy School in Dorchester.

Assistant Chief Probation Officer Mary Tracey–Walsh said, “It is wonderful to partner with other agencies such as the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department Ident–a–Youth program and the resources they bring to Law Day help to make it such an incredible learning opportunity for all the students.”

Law Day brings to completion this year’s “Straight Ahead Program,” a values–based program that focuses on the importance of making good choices, bullying, peer pressure and gang involvement in the local schools. For the second year in a row, the special guest speaker was Red Sox relief pitcher and Boston native, Manny Delcarmen. The theme for this year was “Celebrating Our Freedom; Liberty and Justice for All,” and awards were given to students who submitted winning essays and posters.

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