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November 20, 2009

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Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral with Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis during a taping of Sheriff Cabral’s public affairs cable program, Common Ground. The program’s broadcast area has recently been expanded to include Chelsea and Winthrop and extended to an hour–long format.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently observed a milestone in achievement with the 100th episode broadcast of it’s public affairs television show, Common Ground.

Produced by the External Affairs Division of the Sheriff’s Department, Common Ground was created as a means to promote public awareness of the programming within and operations of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department while delivering on Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral’s commitment to increase the level of transparency of the functions of the Department. The show also acts as one of the conduits through which Sheriff Cabral’s external mission to promote public safety and crime prevention is disseminated.

Initially airing in a half–hour format on June 1st, 2006, the show commenced with Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral hosting Marie St. Fleur, State Representative of the 5th Suffolk District. Since that time, the Common Ground show has also been co–hosted by the Department’s Chief of External Affairs and Communications Steve Tompkins, and guests have included some of the diverse denizens of Suffolk County, including Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis; Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Carolyn Johnson; numerous Suffolk County city and state officials from Chelsea, Winthrop and Revere as well as Boston; representatives from several of Suffolk County’s community groups, organizations and institutions; a host of Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department staff members, both custody and non–custody; and many others.

Representing the most current and significant changes to the program, Common Ground was recently expanded to an hour–long broadcast format, which allows for an even greater opportunity to keep viewers informed of some of the many issues and operations within the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and throughout the County. In an effort to reach out more fully to every resident of Suffolk County, the Department has also begun broadcasting in Winthrop and Chelsea on their respective cable stations.

According to Chelsea Community Cable Executive Director Robert D. Bradley, the pairing of Sheriff Cabral’s powerful public safety message with the Chelsea community’s committed viewership has the potential to elicit significant and positive impact.

“Chelsea Community Cable is the local Public Access Channel for residents of Chelsea,” said Bradley. “It is watched very closely by approximately seven to eight thousand subscribers. Common Ground will be extremely helpful and educational to the viewers in Chelsea, informing them about how their County Sheriff’s office operates. I am sure Common Ground will provide an outstanding service to Chelsea.”

The Common Ground show can be seen live in Boston on Comcast Cable’s Boston Neighborhood Network Channel 9 on Thursday’s from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and in repeats later that evening from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday’s from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You can now watch Common Ground on Chelsea Community Cable on Channels 3 and 16 Monday’s from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. To view the floating schedule for the show on Winthrop Cable Access Television Channel 3, visit:

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