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August 21, 2009

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Sheriff Cabral at the Franklin Park Zoo NNO with (L to R) Oneja Davis, 3, Intechquaity Robinson, 7, and Khamani Lewis, 5, all from Dorchester.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently joined with members of the Boston, Chelsea, and Revere law enforcement community for the annual National Night Out (NNO) celebration.

In total, members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department custody and non-custody staff took part in NNO events held at the Lila Frederick School and Area C-11 in Dorchester, Roxbury’s Mission Park, the Fenway’s Peterborough Street Crime Watch Group, Jamaica Plain’s Area E-13, East Boston, the North End, Chelsea, and Revere where they administered the Ident-A-Youth fingerprinting program, distributed Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral’s “Safety Tips For Kids” coloring books and crayons, Junior Deputy badges, and youth t-shirts to the throngs of children attending the celebrations.

Beginning the night at the NNO’s main event at Franklin Park Zoo in Dorchester, Sheriff Cabral offered greetings to the thousands of participants on hand before taking the stage from an introduction by Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis.

“Sheriff Andrea Cabral is a partner day-in and day-out with the Boston Police Department,” said Commissioner Davis. “We spent a good part of today together talking about violence in the Cape Verdean community and she has shown great leadership in that area. We are very lucky to have her here as the Sheriff of Suffolk County.”

Standing before the gathering, Sheriff Cabral spoke about some of the efforts that she has undertaken as the Sheriff of Suffolk County, as well as some of the difficult issues facing people locally and nationally, that she has worked to improve.

“I hope that you are pleased and satisfied with the changes that have occurred at both the Suffolk County House of Correction and the Jail,” said Sheriff Cabral. “We’ve worked very, very hard to turn those places around and we’ve also worked very hard on our inmate programs trying to get people involved and to take advantage of the services and opportunities being offered.”

“One of the things that have been made very apparent to me as the Sheriff of Suffolk County is the issue around what people do when they get out of jail - what opportunities are available to them,” Sheriff Cabral continued. “I think that possibly for the first time, we have a very good chance at passing some meaningful CORI reform laws. This is the first year that everyone has gotten together on this issue.”

Before leaving the stage, Sheriff Cabral commended the supporters of NNO and recognized some of the key players in the annual event, saying, “I appreciate you all for being here and I want to congratulate all of the community folks who were honored by National Night Out for their good work.”

Attending the NNO celebrations in Revere and Chelsea following her visit to Franklin Park, Sheriff Cabral, too, was recognized for the work that she and the Department do in and around Suffolk County.

“This is always a great event and we truly appreciate the Sheriff for stopping by and for the partnership that we have with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department behind the leadership of Sheriff Andrea Cabral,” said Chelsea Chief of Police Brian Kyes. “It’s been a great relationship and we’ll do anything we can to help the Sheriff’s Department because they’ve always been there for us.”

For Matti Spencer of the Fenway area’s Peterborough Crime Watch Group, the participation of the Sheriff’s Department in local NNO events each year is a hit along several fronts.

“Our main focus is on crime and promoting how we as neighbors can relate to each other better and talk about crime in the neighborhood,” said Spencer. “We like to have the Sheriff’s Department here because it allows for the opportunity to have people interact with the community and talk about what their agency does. And, the kids love the badges and enjoy running around all night playing ‘sheriff.’”

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