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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 22, 2011

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
(617) 704-6682


SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR COMMON GROUND CABLE SHOW

Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Director of External Affairs and Communications Ed Geary, Jr. with Boston Neighborhood Network General Manager, Curtis Henderson.


The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department was recently the recipient of one of five Boston Neighborhood Network “BNN Honors.”

Chosen for recognition by the Boston cable network, the Common Ground program is one of the Department’s many community outreach and information initiatives.

Introduced by Sheriff Cabral in June of 2006, the Common Ground program delivers the Department’s message of public safety and crime prevention, and keeps viewers abreast of activities occurring in the Department and within the communities of Suffolk County. Each week Department managers, members of social and civic organizations and employees from city, state, and federal agencies are interviewed for the show. Now expanded to a full hour, the show can be seen in not only Boston, but also in Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere.

The program, co–hosted by Sheriff Cabral and the Department’s Chief of External Affairs and Communications, Steve Tompkins, has aired more than 150 episodes featuring a variety of community organizations and representatives, elected officials and Department employees while covering a multitude of interesting and informative topics designed to provide viewers with useable resources and show taxpayers greater operational transparency.

The awards were presented by veteran journalist and reporter Sara–Ann Shaw during the network’s annual meeting, which took place at BNN’s Charles J. Beard II Media Center in Egleston Square.

Receiving the award on behalf of the Department as the producer of the Common Ground program, Deputy Director of Communications and External Affairs Ed Geary, Jr. expressed his appreciation to the assembly.

“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen as a recipient for a BNN Producer Spotlight Award,” said Geary, Jr. “By producing this show, the Sheriff’s Department builds connections and partnerships with many community groups that make the neighborhoods within Suffolk County a stronger and better place to live. With continued support from the Sheriff’s Department, I look forward to producing even more exciting shows and bringing on even more lively guests for years to come.”

Viewers can watch the Common Ground program in Boston on Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) channel #9 and RCN channel #15 on Mondays from 2:00–3:00 p.m., Thursdays from 1:30–2:30 p.m., Fridays from 8:00–9:00 p.m., and Sundays from 6:30–7:30 p.m.

To watch in Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop, watch Chelsea Cable channels #3 & #16 on Mondays 3–4 p.m.; Revere Cable channel #8 on Fridays 7:30–8:30 p.m. & Sundays 8–9 a.m.; and Winthrop Cable channel #3 on Mondays 8–9 p.m. & Wednesdays 1–2 p.m.


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