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Sheriff’s Department Participates In Boston Holiday Tree Lighting Celebrations

December 5, 2014

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Santa Claus delivers a goody bag to one of hundreds of children who attended the City of Boston’s holiday tree lighting festivities. The bag included (among other items) Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins’ “Safety Tips For Kids” coloring book and Junior Deputy Badges.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently took part in Mayor Martin Walsh and the City of Boston’s annual holiday tree lighting celebrations.

Delivering on one of its external objectives – assisting city and countywide organizations with improving public health and safety – the Department supplied Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins’ “Safety Tips for Kids” coloring books and Junior Deputy Badges for the “goody bags” that were distributed to participating children.

The Safety Tips for Kids coloring book is a publication of the Sheriff’s Department that features a host of puzzles, games and coloring sheets created to help teach children about fire safety, avoiding contact with strangers, internet safety, the importance of wearing a seatbelt, bicycle safety, knowing their home address and telephone number and other important items.

Among the locations along the route during the first leg of the tour were: Port Norfolk at Redfield Street; Harbor Point; Meetinghouse Hill at Rev. Allen Park; Uphams Corner at the Strand Theatre; Blessed Mother Theresa Church; Savin Hill at Ryan Playground; Fields Corner at the Park St. Clock; King Street Playground at Adams St./King St.; Peabody Square at Ashmont Station; Adams Park in Roslindale Village; Egleston Square; and Cleary Square in Hyde Park.

Sheriff Tompkins spoke about the Department’s involvement in the festivities and lauded Mayor Walsh’s efforts around public safety.

“Our primary responsibility is the care, custody and rehabilitative support of inmates and detainees, but another aspect of what we do relates to public health and safety, which includes outreach to youths and seniors,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “Our ‘Safety Tips For Kids’ coloring book is part of those efforts.”

“I am always happy to be able to offer our services to Mayor Walsh,” Sheriff Tompkins continued. “He has been a great ally for the Department and he’s truly committed to working with us and other agencies around corrections and public safety.”

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department will take part in the continuation of the City’s holiday tree lighting celebrations in Dorchester’s Pope’s Hill on December 7th; East Boston on December 13th; West Roxbury on December 14th; the South End on December 16th and Bowdoin Geneva in Dorchester on December 24th.

To download the “Safety Tips For Kids” coloring book, click here.

For more information about the City of Boston’s holiday lighting schedule, visit:


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