News Releases & Photos
New gangway for Falmouth boat launch [photos / captions]
Restoring vintage railroad cars in West Barnstable [photos / captions]
Sheriff's Office to join battle to detect small boat threat [story only]
Sheriff pioneers new drug to fight opioid addiction [external site]
Anti-B&E seminar Monday in Bourne [flyer]
Cummings joins governor, fellow sheriffs in battle vs. opioids [story with photo]
A new roof over their heads in Hyannis [photos / captions]
Brewster anti-B&E presentation set for Wednesday, 11/4 [flyer]
Inmates help "off stage" at Chatham theatre [story with photos]
Inmates help with Falmouth quahog reclamation [story with photos]
Acclaimed B&E seminar coming to Yarmouth [flyer]
Weed whacking (pulling, actually) [photos / captions]
Cabins get paint, brightens up camp [photos / captions]
Sheriff warns of telephone scam [story only]
Harbormaster's wish fulfilled [story with photos]
Deputies work with Falmouth PD to nab Florida fugitive [story only]
Sheriff employees running for good causes [photos with captions]
Erecting workout stations at Mashpee school [photos with captions]
New fingerprint equipment closing the gap on criminals [story with photo]
Sheriff Cummings named to statewide working group [story with photo]
Sheriff looking for emergency preparedness volunteers [story with photos]
Inmates tackle project at Falmouth senior center [photos / captions]
Sheriff calls for tighter immigration enforcement [press statement]
Sheriff's RX for adolescents: discipline, resiliency [story with photos]
Flyer for anti-B&E presentation July 23rd at Barnstable Senior Center
Flyer for anti-B&E presentation July 20 in Falmouth
Press Release on the indictment of Timothy Evans
Roof for Bourne VFW lodge and two out buildings [photo with caption]
Sheriff Cummings endorses Federal Immigration Enforcement Bill
16 new officers on deck at BCCF [story and photos]
Inmates charged: Drugs, assaulting correction officer [story, no photo]
Correction Academy graduation Saturday, 6/20 [story and photo]
Inmates bring new roof to Eagles lodge in Bourne [photos, captions, no story]
"Protect your home" seminar coming to Mashpee Tuesday [flyer]
Deadline for summer youth camp June 25th [story, photo]
Inmates rehab home for re-sale by town [photo and caption, no story]
Sheriff, Eastham PD, and perps bring anti-B&E tips to homeowners [flyer]
Inmates build handicapped ramp in Cotuit [photos / captions / no story]
Scouts, inmates team up to break record [story and photos]
Sheriff, Vivitrol mentioned favorably in article mid-way down [external]
Inmates paint shanties, Hyannis Harbor [photos and captions, no story]
Inmates tackle jobs at Falmouth school [photos, captions, no story]
Last call for Sheriff's Citizen Academy [story, no photo]
New recruits "reporting for duty" [photos, no captions]
Parsons need a home, too [photos and captions, no story]
Anti-burglary video to air in Falmouth, April 15th [story only]
Sheriff wants citizens to see what we do [story, no photos]
Cookies for those who serve [photo and caption, no story]
Inmates help off-load food at Bourne pantry [photos and captions, no story]
Town sailors getting upgraded digs [photos and captions, no story]
Scouts get help from Sheriff's crew [photos and captions, no story]
Snow or no, parade a "GO" [photo and caption, no story)
Welcome home to Bourne PD's McDonald [photos and caption, no story]
Sheriff profile from March issue of "Prime Time" magazine
Seeking emergency preparedness volunteers (story and photo)
RX: Relief for nervous seniors [photos and captions, no story]
Inmates clear snow from roof, books safe [photo and captions, no story]
Inmates help Cape FDs dig out hydrants [photo and caption, no story]
Sheriff urges legislators to bring trauma center to Cape
Sheriff's jobs do travel, Cape towns grateful [story with photos]
Three inmates charged: drugs and assault [story and photos]
Sheriff's 911 & Orleans Fire team-up for life-saving CPR
Big new ramp for Falmouth beachgoers [photos and captions, no story]
Sheriff lodges drug possession charges against two inmates [story and photos]
Sheriff's Office joins Toys for Tots [flyer]
Give blood Friday at correctional facility [promo story]
SRT cited for Marathon manhunt [photos with captions, no story]
Sheriff's Office SRT team cited for response to Marathon bombing
Inmates help at new center for PTSD war vets [story and photos]
Rebuilding house for Bourne church [photos and captions, no story]
DA O'Keefe to speak at anti-fraud forum [story, no photos]
County jail chosen to film model program [story, link, no photos]
Inmates join church volunteers in pumpkin patch [story with photos]
DA, Sheriff brief Cape seniors [captioned photo no story]
DA alerts Harwich seniors to con games [photos and captions, no story]
Sheriff and DA coming soon. Sign up now! [story, no photos]
Inmates re-shingling at Falmouth park [photos and captions, no story]
Sheriff looking for emergency volunteers [story, with photo]
Sheriff and friends take cold water for good cause [photos only]
DA O'Keefe to give anti-fraud presentation, Sept. 19th in Harwich
Sheriff sends juveniles in right direction [story with photo]
Sheriff gets $1.22 dispatch grant [story, no photo]
Inmates help at Canal celebration [photos and captions, no story]
White House cites BCSO's success with anti-opioid drug [with photo]
Prisoner nabbed after possibly world's shortest escape sprint
Sheriff's emergency dispatchers cited [photo and caption, no story]
Inmates assist growers in West Barnstable [photos and captions, no story]
Recruits sworn in as county correction officers [with photos]
Sheriff's correctional class to graduate Saturday, June 21st [with photo]
Sheriff's Office (Deputy Wiseman) recognized for Community Service Work by Department of Army. Photo of Captain Dunphy and Dave Neal of Sheriff's Office.
Inmate to be charged with trafficking in narcotics
Youth academy coming, sign up deadline June 27th [with photo]
Graffiti scrubbed in downtown Hyannis [photos and captions, no story]
Inmates move library books in Eastham [photos and captions, no story]
Inmates help with baseball tradition [photos and captions, no story]
Special Olympics Massachusetts Announces Law Enforcement Torch Run to Benefit Cape and Islands Athletes
Inmate carpenters build Falmouth stage [photos and captions, no story]
BCCF leads the way in inmate substance abuse treatment [with photos]
Inmates paint playground [photos and captions, no story]
Next seniors' presentation: Monday, April 28th, Falmouth
Sheriff's Office OUI program, an eye-catching stat emerges [with photo]
Inmates install seats at Falmouth church [photos and captions, no story]
Sheriff Cummings recognizes job well done [with photo]
Sheriff's Citizens Academy coming in four weeks [with photo]
Barnstable County Sheriff's Office files Amicus Brief
Sandwich among largest inmate labor projects ever [photo and caption, no story]
Inmates prepare beach boardwalk in Harwich [photos and caption, no story]
Sheriff looking for emergency preparedness volunteers [with photo]
Sheriff appoints Gordon new Director of Emergency Management [with photo]
Barnstable County Correctional Facility program chosen as national model [with photos]
Sheriff's inmate work crews provide nearly $600,000 worth of labor [with photos]
In anticipation of Governor Deval Patrick's scheduled State of the State address tonight
Scam avoidance presentation Friday at Eastham Senior Center
Sheriff warns Cape residents of latest financial scam
Sheriff's new fingerprinting upgrade getting results [with photo]
For Army MPs, Sheriff's correctional facility a prelude to Guantanamo Bay [with photos]
Sheriff heads to Washington to address lawmakers on Vivitrol program
Sheriff and Homeland Security spread the word on criminal alien releases
Inmates learning key life skill: the basics of banking
That’s Cape Cod Bank’s Kathy Moorey (left) and colleague Patricia Walsh explaining financial literacy to inmates housed on the “shock and prep” unit of the Barnstable County Correctional Facility. Moorey is the bank’s financial education officer; Walsh is a vice president. Today’s lesson plan: How to budget.
Criminal Justice Academy to Begin October 21st
Avoiding computer scams, ID theft: Coming to Bourne
Detective Kevin Connolly
Cape Cod Computer Crime Unit
Criminal Justice Academy To Begin October 21st
Shaun Cahill - Academy Director
Sheriff Cummings announces signup for CERT class in Sandwich
Inmates prepare tree memorial for annual walk
A tree stands in Bourne
ALS “Cliff Walk” volunteer and organizer Lynne Florindo discusses the finer points of gardening with Barnstable County Sheriff inmates John King (left) and Josh Wordell
Wordell does some clipping. Also in photo are some of the commemorative bricks that encircle the memorial.
Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant to Expand Communications Center
Lt. James Fletcher (right) and Sgt. Ross Klun handling and dispatching calls at Sheriff Cummings’s Emergency Communications Center
Females break barrier at Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office
New TRT members muster for first day of training
New members of Sheriff’s TRT team wait to be called up for their course-completion certificate. The 17 new members include the team’s first-ever females. Two of the three are pictured here -- Miki Quinn, front row, and Samantha Stanley, back row center. The male TRT members waiting their turn include, left to right, Luke Carroll, James Caldera, Kevin Cassady, and Jason Bumpus.
Deputy Dawn Duddy, foreground with helmet in hand, the third female member.
Masonic lodge getting a facelift, community to benefit
Unidentified inmate is busy painting above the front door to the Masonic Lodge in downtown Sandwich
While underneath the scaffolding , inmate Jade Kelly-Weldon is busy at work scrapping and prepping
Inmate charged with A&B on correction officer, attempted escape
Sheriff's summer youth academy graduates
In photos taken two days before graduation, youth academy members are called upon at random to stand and recite parts of a homework assignment. Notes not allowed. Most did fine, but the slip up of one meant pushups for all.
Pushups behind them, the class heads outside for some brisk jogging. July heat and heavy boots didn’t make it any easier, nor was it supposed to.
With the run and water break behind them, classmates pair up to see how many sit-ups each can perform. Instructors not pictured here, recorded results and expected progress by academy’s end – faster running times, more pushups, more sit-up, etc.
Sheriff recognizes life-savers, other top employees
Sheriff James Cummings with telecommunicator Samantha Dewitt, “Public Safety Employee of the Year”
“Employee of the Year” nominees, left to right, teacher Connie Carbone, Lt. Dave Grenier, Sgt. Kenneth Shaffer, and award winner Chip Crocker
“Correction Officer of the Year” nominees, left to right, are winner Michael Burke and runners-up Chris Card and Jeff Ciampa. All three are deputy sheriffs. Ciampa also won a lifesaver award for helping resuscitate an inmate who suffered a severe heart attack.
Telecommunicator John Ahern, newly promoted to sergeant
Ross Klun was called up twice, once for his promotion to lieutenant and again for a lifesaver award. He won that for expert delivery of emergency medical advice, delivered over the phone. It helped a woman save her husband, who was undergoing a heart attack.
Correction Officer Mark Stewart also earned a lifesaver award. His textbook response on an inmate attempting to hang himself prevented a possible suicide.
Exemplary Service Award, for taking part in house-to-house manhunt for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsanaraev. Left to right, Sheriff Cummings, K9 Deputy Pat Martin, Lt. Chip Lindberg, Deputy Michael Huse, Captain [unit commander that day] Christopher Eorekian, Criminal Investigator Jason Arthurs, Lt. James Anglin, and K9 Lt. Barney Murphy.
College-bound scholarship winners, left to right, Shannon Murphy, Abigail Higgins, Keith Gerrity, and Brittany Lawler
Two more scholarship winners, Laura Sprague (left) and Allison Comoletti (right), winner of Ken Fraser Scholarship
Inmates build deck on Falmouth waterfront, millions of shellfish to come
“Pill abuse secrets: Never too late to learn”
Sheriff’s looking for emergency prepardness volunteers
Sheriff's Youth Academy.........the pushup part
Sign up now for 2013 Sheriff’s summer youth academy
Middlesex looking to adopt Barnstable County Sheriff’s eyeglass program
PILL ABUSE SECRETS: NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN"
Thursday, July 11th 1 PM to 2 PM, Mashpee Senior Center
A concrete project – Inmates from Barnstable County Correctional Facility are at work making this section of Old Silver Beach in Falmouth accessible to handicapped residents. The ramp will include a plaque memorializing Matthew R. Gallagher, an Army sergeant and Falmouth resident killed two years ago while serving his country in Al Kut province, Iraq. Gallagher’s stepfather, James Ruggiero, who works at the correctional facility, says: “It touches me to see that from the Sheriff on down to the inmates, so many people have done so much to make this happen.” Sheriff James Cummings and his second-in-command, Special Sheriff Jeff Perry, are among the Cape’s tireless, long-time advocates for American troops at home and abroad. [Keep scrolling down]
Get the tape measure – That’s David Darakjy, one of the inmates from the prior photo, seen underneath the frame of the landing piece on top of the ramp. Darakjy and Lt. Joseph Brait, the crew supervisor, are looking at a project that will likely generate about 320 man-hours of donated labor. That’s about $8,000 that organizers don’t have, which is another way of saying the project would go by the boards without the Sheriff’s Office’s assistance.
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Hammering and sawing to follow – Darakjy remains “in the pit” while an inmate who asked to remain unidentified by name helps steady one of many planks which will be hammered into place before the ramp can be declared beach worthy. The crews are no stranger to Falmouth, nor to the other 14 Cape Cod communities. Earlier this year, the town enlisted inmate labor to get a new roof, new siding, new or refurbished trim, and light carpentry repairs to Beach Committee headquarters on Surf Drive.
Cooking up a second chance - click on link below to view this story from the Cape Cod Times
Inmates completing Culinary Arts Program
Pocasset Golf Club executive chef Paul Otto, center, finds himself the man without the hat for a change. He’s seen here explaining the finer points of chicken preparation to inmates housed at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne. These two are among those graduating May 1st from a culinary arts program which officials hope will help them find work in the food service industry.
Harwich Fire switches emergency dispatch operations to Sheriff's Office
Telecommunicators Lisa Havens, left, and Katie Miller field a call last week at Sheriff Cummings’s emergency communication center. This week, Harwich Fire Department is transferring its stand-alone center to the Sheriff’s operation seen here. Thirty nine hundred calls were handled by Harwich fire dispatch last year, so the Sheriff’s Office is now poised for the bump up in call volume. In fact, says Special Sheriff Jeffrey Perry, “we’re looking forward to it.”
Havens at another of the eight work stations available at the communications center. Her red jersey would be popular in a fire department, but that doesn’t happen to be the case here. She and her coworkers have been donning the golf-style sports wear to support American troops overseas. Call it patriotic Friday trumping casual Friday, an easy decision for the 20-year Navy veteran.
A thank-you collage and a “Save the Date” reminder – Yarmouth Police Deputy Chief Steven Xiarhos (right) stops by Sheriff’s Office in Bourne to thank Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings (second from left) for his contribution to last year’s Big Nick’s Ride for the Fallen. Also pictured are Special Sheriff Jeffrey Perry (second from right) and Yarmouth Police motorcycle Sgt. Frank Hennessey (left). Last year’s third annual motorcycle ride and this year’s upcoming fourth annual are in memory of Chief Xiarhos’s son, Nicholas G. Xiarhos, a US Marine corporal who was killed in action in Afghanistan in July of 2009 while serving with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Weapons Company.
The date to save for this year’s ride is Saturday, July 20th, with more details coming on www.ngxride.com. The ride raises money in the name of the Cape’s veterans killed in the global War on Terror which began September 11, 2001. Corporal Xiarhos and 13 others were on last year’s list. Last year’s ride, meanwhile, started with 800 riders and grew steadily along a 36-mile route from the jail in Bourne to the finish line in South Yarmouth. Hundreds more viewed the ride as it passed popular spectator spots along the way. The rip-roaring “step off” included a single-file of motorcycles just under a mile long. It was a sight!
Triad series begins April 2nd at Barnstable Senior Center
Detective Kevin Connolly - Cape Cod Computer Crime Unit
Sheriff’s Citizens Academy coming in April
Booking Deputy Robert Roth (far left) explains to recent Citizens’ Academy how inmate intake works. That’s a holding cell, center background.
Two of six inmates, and the legs of a third (left), are seen here on roof of building situated alongside flight line at the Massachusetts Military Reservation in Bourne, Falmouth, and Sandwich. Their implements of choice were pitchforks and shovels. That’s a sliver of a much larger and longer flight line behind the snow bank, top of photo. This and an adjacent concrete block building were re-roofed last week by the six-man crew dispatched to the site by James Cummings, the Barnstable County Sheriff. The shingles were donated by Home Depot.
Another inmate, meanwhile, is replacing worn out shingling the crew in first photo was busy tearing up. Three organizations share the two buildings: the base’s Civil Air Patrol contingent; a Military Retiree Activities Office; and the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association. Figured at $25 per hour, the week-long job gave recipients $4,500 worth of free inmate labor – and closer to $5,500 if you figure in the supervising deputy on hand to oversee both the inmates and their work product.
Sheriff looking for emergency preparedness volunteers
Sheriff’s Office techs complete emergency radio re-banding
Inmates on a cold dark roof
Four inmate roofers from the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne are busy here re-shingling at one end of Falmouth Beach Committee’s headquarter building on Surf Road. This was several days before the blizzard of 2013. Meanwhile . . .
. . . Meanwhile, two others take care of their end of the bargain on the opposite end of the roof. The building also got new siding, new or refurbished trim, and some light carpentry repairs. For a closer look at what inmates Niko Kersey (left) and Charle Murray (right) are up to, keep scrolling down.
Here are Kersey (right) and Murphy (left, orange hat) working the same section of roof. The seagull may not be impressed, but the Beach Committee surely was. It received about $21,500 worth of manpower if you factor in the cost of the deputized supervisor also on site. Falmouth’s DPW, which handles facility maintenance for all the town’s non-school buildings, paid for the construction materials and bought modest lunches each day for the inmates. “This work was badly needed,” observed Sheriff James Cummings, who oversees the inmate community service program. “With no money in its budget for this particular project, it was the only way it was going to get done.”
Sheriff’s Office in the thick of Blizzard of ’13 response
BCCF re-accredited by American Correctional Association
Seal of approval – Matthew Murphy, (center), staff counsel and assistant deputy superintendent for audit and compliance for the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, is back in town with this re-accreditation certificate in tow. It is for the county correctional facility in Bourne and was accepted last month in Houston, Texas at the American Correctional Association’s annual winter conference. Murphy is flanked by two of ACA’s commissioners who made the award in the association’s name: Commissioner Janine Miller (left) and Commissioner Bob Houston (yes, same last name as conference site).
Barnstable County Sheriff’s inmate Lorenza Balbuena appears to be watering the street, but looks can be deceiving. Instead, he’s using this hose and nozzle to blast away what is literally street graffiti on Fresh Holes Road in Hyannis. The graffiti-dissolving apparatus was employed in the same neighborhood on houses, a wooden fence, and a large portable dumpster.
Next stop for Balbuena, three other inmates, and their crew-supervising deputy: This building formerly occupied by Khouri’s Oriental Rug on West Barnstable Road. Additional inmate security at the site, located between the Hyannis rotary and Barnstable High, was provided by a patrolman with the Barnstable Street Crimes Unit. The graffiti seen here, on the backside of the now vacant building, was wiped clean before the crew wrapped up their day’s work and returned, per usual, to the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne. They erased graffiti at six sites in all this time out.
This final bit of deviant (not to mention criminal) artwork got scrubbed as well. It’s also near Khouri Rug’s back entrance. Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald and county Sheriff James Cummings are of a like mind when it comes to vigorous engagement on this front. Says the Sheriff: “The defacement of property is a serious crime and that’s how I regard it.” He even keeps track of costs so his Office can produce a bill should an offender be caught and restitution ordered.
Looking at the bigger picture, the 2012 calendar stats are in and it was another record year for the inmate work crews. They expended 23,024 man hours of labor, with a market-wage value of $575,600 (the most ever, both categories). An additional $109,000 was saved by municipal and non-profit agencies who were provided a free tent for charitable fundraising – along with inmates to erect and dismantle it. And the 105 projects tackled landed the crews in every Cape town at least once. Most received multiple visits.
Cooking up jobs at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility
Michael Otto, right, executive chef at Pocasset Golf Club by way of Johnson & Wales University, shows inmate Noah Pond a thing or two about preparing a chicken. Otto is one of two culinary arts instructors at Cape Cod Community College who have brought the course “on the road” to the county jail in Bourne.
Otto offers similar tips to inmate Gregory Wallen, right, while inmate William Kophammer keeps busy in like manner. These knives, incidentally, are tethered securely to stainless steel tables – it being a prison kitchen after all.
It’s a big job – painting inside the administration building and dorms at Massachusetts Maritime Academy – but someone’s got to do it. Why not these three and six fellow inmates at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility? The academy and correctional center are both located in Bourne, though on opposite sides of the bridge. That’s inmate Michael McBride on ladder, inmate Niko Kersey using long-handled roller, and inmate Thomas Godbout down low with brush. Eyeballing the work in progress is Ed Gendron, the academy’s supervisor of building maintenance.
Gendron, with no painters on his in-house maintenance crew, would have had to contract the job out “or more likely put it off even though the new coat is badly needed.” By his estimate ($35 per hour), the donated inmate labor is saving MMA in the neighborhood of $20,000. “That’s pretty unbelievable,” says Gendron.
But just another day for inmate crews that typically save the Cape’s municipal and non-profit agencies between $425,000 and $525,000 annually. The final figures for calendar year 2012 are being computed now and will likely be in that range.
The job, meanwhile, was scheduled to coincide with the annual cruise of T.S. Kennedy, the academy’s training ship. Having the bulk of cadets on the high seas has reduced the normal flow of pedestrian traffic and enabled the corridor painting to proceed virtually unhindered. Nor was this late January day a bad one to be working inside; the wind-chill adjusted temperature outside had fallen below zero.
Hammering home a new roof -- Three Barnstable County Sheriff’s inmates join two not pictured here as they re-shingle one of adjacent former homes that are part of the Guyer Barn Art Gallery and Center. Located across a parking lot from the town hall and school administration buildings in downtown Hyannis, the studios are maintained by Barnstable DPW’s structure and grounds division. The town derives revenue from artists who rent space to display their work inside the studios. The South Street complex includes a small garage and barn in addition to the two houses. The donated inmate labor will wind up saving Barnstable’s municipal taxpayers more than $10,000. “It [inmate labor] is an invaluable resource,” says structure and grounds general foreman Bryan Lauzon. “Our budget is limited and in fact level-funded. But the jobs just seem to keep increasing, to the point we have to defer projects every year. So guess you could say this is the deferred list minus one.” Temperatures this early January day hovered in the low to mid 40s, bracing but not cold enough to require a shift to an indoor project elsewhere in the county.
This is one humongous shed Barnstable County Sheriff’s inmate William Prickett is working on at Meetinghouse Farm in West Barnstable. Located just off Exit 5 along Route 6, the farm’s outsized storage facility is attached to a greenhouse -- also seen here – of roughly the same length. Prickett is part of a supervised, five-inmate crew that will wind up donating about $12,000 in labor (figured at $30/hour) to totally rehab the building’s exterior. It was in an advanced state of disrepair when the job began. Work on the 30 by 65 foot structure has included clearing and demolishing debris, reinforcing interior roof trusses, laying a newly shingled exterior roof, and adding new siding and wooden shingles – the kind Prickett is holding here. [Keep scrolling down]
A wider shot of the same “super shed” shows where it’s attached to the greenhouse, the new roof and shingles, and the crew’s work van parked at the back end. Judith Desrochers, who manages the nonprofit Meetinghouse Farm conservation area with support from the town of Barnstable’s Conservation Commission, said her organization “has developed a positive connection with the Sheriff’s Office. I can’t say enough abut what they’ve done. Our fundraising efforts are limited and the inmates have even helped out there.” Desrochers was referring to a large tent used for a fundraiser held this summer. It was on loan from the Sheriff’s Office and erected and dismantled after the event by another inmate crew. [Keep scrolling down]
Measuring the job here is inmate Ryan Smith, another member of the supervised crew. Lt. Joseph Brait, on site but not in picture, has brought the workers to every Cape town at least once this year. Many municipalities and nonprofits have benefited more than that. The figures for last year: 21,200 inmate hours, more than $530,000 worth of donated labor, and 157 projects in all. Plenty of sawing and hammering, priming and painting, scrubbing and raking, erecting and dismantling. With 2012 drawing to a close, the Sheriff’s Office is anticipating another banner year. “It’s what we do, one of our calling cards,” said Sheriff James Cummings, who dispatched a crew to the farm nine years ago to replace an interior carrying beam – one still standing today.
Escape opportunity thwarted by quick acting officers
Five days worth of collected and badly needed supplies fill the inside of this tractor trailer which departed Saturday for Neptune, New Jersey – the coastal area hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. From this angle in the West Barnstable Community Building’s parking lot, the trailer looks deceptively small compared to the tractor in front. But it’s not, unless you consider an 18-wheeler small. Even better news: the trailer was fully loaded with diapers, first-aid items, cleaning supplies, blankets, Duraflame logs, and other commodities. Members of the volunteer crew [pictured, next photo] departed Saturday morning, as the sun was rising. They were back on Cape that evening – more than 17 round-trip hours later.
If this picture seems dark, it is. Dawn has yet to crack but as noted the trailer is loaded and set to go. The portion of this group actually making the trip to New Jersey includes West Barnstable firefighter Chris Greim [left]; Nick DeCosta, one of the truck drivers [3rd from left]; Chrystal LaPine, operation supervisor [4th from left], husband John LaPine [next to Chrystal], and second truck driver Chris Fawkes [far right]. Not pictured but part of the travelling crew were New Jersey native Ken Shaffer, a sergeant on the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office and West Barnstable firefighter Paul Holt. [Keep scrolling down]
Remember the trailer that was chock full a mere half hour before this photo was taken? No longer. Driver DeCosta, incidentally, donated both the tractor [SNS Transport in Sandwich] and his driving skills for the humanitarian run. Cape Cod Express provided the trailer. Supplies off-loaded, in addition to those already mentioned, included flashlights and batteries, non-perishable snack and food items, children’s games, school supplies, clothing, and non-prescription medications. Sgt. Shaffer likened the warehouse volunteers, in an affectionate sense, to agile and methodical “worker ants. That’s how smoothly the off-loading proceeded.” [Keep scrolling down]
The truck has made the trip down and driver-owner DeCosta has backed all 48 feet into a bay at the Neptune warehouse [left side of photo]. It took dozens of on-site volunteers, only some of them pictured here, about a half hour to off-load and stack everything into predetermined areas inside the sprawling distribution center. Volunteers ranged widely in age, gender, and in almost every other way, according to Sgt. Shaffer, who had volunteered to drive the truck’s cruiser escort. “We all appreciated what we returned to,” writes Shaffer, “knowing it could have been us had the wind blown in a different direction just 12 days earlier.”
Now stacked by category and function, the items are available for residents either capable of getting to the site on their own or waiting for them at smaller distribution centers in the greater Neptune area. “What stands out most for me is the sheer resiliency of these Jersey shore residents,” writes Shaffer. “The truck’s arrival was greeted by a group of volunteers with that look of determination in their eyes – and thankfulness in their hearts. There was no self pity. Not a complaint was heard during the off-loading. Not from a single soul.”
Shortly before the truck’s arrival in Neptune, operational supervisor LaPine was able to stretch her legs and prepare for off-loading. LaPine is director of public safety training for the Sheriff’s Office and heads up its CERT [Community Emergency Responder Team] program. That’s husband John [right] and firefighter Paul Holt alongside. The trio are standing in front of the cruiser escort that was used to accompany the tractor trailer.
CERT teams to gather up essentials for those coping with
fury of Sandy, truckers have already stepped forward
Barnstable Fire Department’s new chief, Francis Pulsifer, details events leading to this commendation he presented last week to Barnstable County Sheriff’s telecommunicator Micaela Pope. Peter Thomas, right, Pope’s boss and the Sheriff’s chief deputy for emergency communications, listens attentively. The Onset resident’s expert medical instructions enabled bystanders at the other end of the phone to keep a heart attack victim alive while paramedics were rushing to the scene. That action included maintaining the patient’s airway. “Without these aggressive emergency dispatch instructions to provide bystander CPR,” Chief Pulsifer’s citation reads, “and the pre-hospital treatment that was administered to this patient, the outcome would have been gravely different.”
Telecommunicator Pope and Chief Pulsifer are joined at the podium by the newest member of Pope’s family, 15-month-old Owen. When Owen is old enough to read, his mom will be able to share this from the citation’s final paragraph: “Barnstable’s Fire Department is very fortunate to have such skilled and dedicated emergency dispatchers working for this District. Congratulations [to Micaela] and keep up the great work!” Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings had a similar take on events, pointing out the dichotomy inherent in emergency dispatch. “It can be very stressful,” Cummings acknowledged, “but on those occasions when you help save someone’s life, very gratifying as well.”
Owen seems to be calling for a point of order, but in fact he’s reacting to mom being called to the head of the class. That’s his grandparents and Micaela’s parents – Edward and Wendy McCormack of Lakeville – enjoying both the ceremony and their toddler grandson’s antics. The heart attack victim, incidentally, is an Upper Cape Regional Tech teacher who was in class this day and unable to attend the ceremony. He had some mild bouts with short-term memory loss, according to Chief Pulsifer, but even those have subsided.
FEMA announces preparedness awards.... Barnstable County Sheriff's Office among them
Criminal Justice Academy to begin November 5th
Sheriff announces signup and schedule for 2012 CERT classes
“Up on the roof . . .” Barnstable County Sheriff’s inmates aren’t raising this one, but they are re-surfacing it. That’s crew chief Lt. Joe Brait, standing behind the broom man and overseeing two more inmate roofers. The new shingles sit atop what used to be an indoor riding arena in Mashpee, part of a complex of buildings owned and under the jurisdiction of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
The one-time equestrian venue is now used for storage of construction supplies and equipment, other heavy vehicles, and the like. It measures out at 60 X 140 feet, so with roof overhang the actual job will surpass 8,500 square feet of shingling. Donated inmate labor will continue in phase two, with the new building getting siding and a paint job. This initial re-roofing phase will save the Wampanoag Tribe about $20,000 in labor costs (estimated conservatively at $25 per hour).
Last year inmate labor saved Cape municipalities – along with innumerable non-profits – an estimated $530,000. Crews were in Mashpee on 11 different projects, including tent donation and erection for charitable events. They were in all 15 Cape towns at least once, most more often than that. The program is on pace for another banner year. As one of the inmates pictured here said, when asked to sign a privacy waiver: “Sure I’ll sign. It shows me doing something good for the community.
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When this picture was taken, the Barnstable County Sheriff’s inmate seen here was painting inside the Eldridge senior housing facility near downtown Hyannis. More inmates like him will be collecting a paycheck after their release as reentry efforts at the Sheriff’s Office kick in.
Inmates at Bourne Fire Department
Fixing up the firehouse – Three Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office inmates spruce up the façade at Fire Station 4 in the Pocasset section of Bourne. The ongoing, week-long repair job includes scraping and repainting exterior trim, replacing worn out shingles, and even some electrical work. (One inmate is a licensed electrician and that certification remains valid during his incarceration.) The 1930s vintage building will remain on line for the foreseeable future, says town Fire Chief Martin Green, “and this kind of assistance is helpful until that day comes. Money for these kind of capital improvements is especially tight in municipal budgets and Bourne is no exception.”
Figured conservatively at $25 per hour, the donated labor will save the town approximately $7,000.
While Sheriff Jim Cummings normally dispatches crews into each Cape Cod community at least once annually, he made a special commitment to Bourne when it agreed eight years ago to host the Barnstable County Correctional Facility – located near the National Cemetery and the Massachusetts Military Reservation. For that reason, the town is always at or near the top when it comes to projects tackled and dollars saved. Inmates completed 24 jobs in Bourne in calendar year 2011, and 2012 looks like another banner year.
Marching in – The 20 graduates of this year’s Barnstable County Sheriff’s summer youth camp file in and take seats at last night’s closing ceremony. That’s John Gillen, one of two of Sheriff Jim Cummings’s supervising deputies, at left. Another deputy and three police officers – two from Yarmouth and one from Barnstable – rounded out the camp staff. In his remarks, Sheriff Cummings thanked Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson and Barnstable Chief Paul MacDonald for contributing the temporarily assigned manpower. Fifty to sixty family members and friends were also on hand last night.
One falls out – And the other youth camp grads remain in rank as the ceremony gets under way. The 12- to 16-year-olders got a liberal mix of march and drill, physical fitness training, classroom discourse, and discussions that stress emotional, ethical, and intellectual development. At its core? Making and sticking to sound decisions, often in the face of peer group pressure that’s heading in the opposite direction. Said graduate Abbie Hapenny, 16, of Buzzards Bay: “I learned a lot about discipline. And I got in shape, too. Now I need to carry this forward
Determined squad leaders – That would be, left to right, David Weeks, Eben Dixon, and Kevin Korzeniecky. Not in photo but part of the graduating class was Ryan McElligatt, 12, whose father Kevin was among the family members in attendance last night. The senior McElligatt, a former Long Island firefighter and 9/11 first responder, says son Ryan has shown an early interest in public safety as a possible vocation. As for how the younger McElligatt found the classes, “he was definitely a bit intimidated at first. But that’s only natural. He made the appropriate adjustments and by the end Ryan was really liking it.”
Some final words – Sheriff Jim Cummings thanks the students for staying with the program and the parents for juggling schedules and keeping their children focused and on the mark. The sessions were held at the Barnstable fire academy on four consecutive Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday increments – all in July. “The age range is carefully calibrated,” said the Sheriff, referring to the 12- to 16-year criterion. “You’re at a crossroads. You can make the right decisions and get onto a path that will lead to success, a life that you can enjoy and that will make your family proud. Or you can see me again in a few years [at the jail in Bourne]. You don’t want that and neither do I.”
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That’s “Correction Officer of the Year” Peter Benson, second from right. Also pictured, left to right, are other candidates for the award -- Deputy Chip Costa and Lt. Barney Murphy. Sheriff Jim Cummings stands at right.
Marylou duMont, a nurse and “Employee of the Year” recipient, is second from right here. Pictured alongside, left to right, are fellow candidates for the award Jeanne Huseby, a teacher, and Josh Straughn, an IT supervisor. All three winners – Benson, duMont, and Schmeer – were nominated and voted in by coworkers.
Distinguished Service Award winner Roger Allen, who took over education and human services for the Sheriff’s Office during fiscal year, has done a superb with it.
“Public Safety Officer of the Year” Steve Schmeer stands in the middle while at left is Jim Verrochi, the other candidate for this award. As often happens, it came down to a crime solver (Schmeer) and an emergency dispatch telecommunicator (Verrochi).
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Recruits march to center stage, in this case outside the main lobby at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne
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Sandwich Police Officer and former Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Perkins (right) pins badge on friend and now fellow law enforcement brother Jason Bernardo of Buzzards Bay. Bernardo was one of 16 officers to be pinned individually by a friend or family member.
The academy’s officers, left to right: VP Bradley Montgomery of Swansea, Secretary Tracey LaGrassa of East Falmouth, President Tim Connolly of Falmouth, and Treasurer Christine Harrington of Sandwich.
New Officer Theodor Bowen of South Yarmouth shares a laugh with Sheriff James Cummings during Bowen’s pinning moment. The new officer won the Daniel M. Kelley award, given in memory of a former officer who drown several years ago while fishing on a Wareham pond. The award is “best all around” recognition for an officer who is especially helpful to class mates during the 10-week academy.
Former Marine gunnery Sgt. James O’Connell is pinned by his invited guest. O’Connell, 44, was the academy’s second oldest graduate and one of eight military veterans – or half the class. And to say he was busy serving his country would be an understatement. The Marine explosives expert was posted to five separate countries during his career, three of them very dangerous ones – Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia. Semper Fi.
Sheriff announces 2012's CERT graduates
This year’s Community Emergency Response Team members gather for a graduation photo during last week’s final session. The twenty-six graduates include 17 from Mass Maritime Academy, eight of whom are pictured here. That’s Special Sheriff Jeff Perry (front row, fifth from right) and next to him course instructor and supervisor Chrystal LaPine (white slacks).
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Kitchen Aid Fundraiser (photos only)
Put that in your pipe – That’s Matt Murphy (center), the Sheriff’s legal counsel performing here with the Brian Bora Pipe Band of Falmouth. Murphy and fellow pipe and drummers opened and closed the Kitchen Aid Fundraiser held earlier this month at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis.
Sponsored by Cape Cod Cares for the Troops and hosted by Sheriff Cummings and Special Sheriff Perry, the event raised more than $35,000 for the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Besides playing, Murphy did a terrific job explaining the history of each tune. Behind him is an enlarged black-and-white photo of two Afghanistan kids sitting on the hood of an armored vehicle. Note the open turret, manned by an American soldier, just above them.
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Patriotism in “D” minor – That’s former Massachusetts State Police Trooper Dan Clark who followed the pipe band’s lead with some stirring songs of his own (“Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Good Bless America,” “America the Beautiful,” among others). Clark’s other performances, meanwhile, have included National Anthem honors at Fenway Park, World Series no less, and those who’ve seen him in both venues quickly drew the same conclusion. He hasn’t lost a note. (Keep scrolling down)
Drum roll please – Special Sheriff Perry (left) and Sheriff Cummings share the first number to roll in, showing the fundraising target will be met. Cape Cod Cares for the Troops had hoped to raise about $22,000, enough to equip each GI-occupied transition unit with the utensils and kitchen wares required to make them functional. There are 280 units at the facility in Fort Belvoir and each one is occupied. The final fundraising total shortly jumped to more than $35,000, which presented event organizers with a very satisfying upgrade: coffee pots and toasters were added to each units’ standard issue! Enhancing the overall effort was the Sheriff’s announced decision to forego his own annual fundraiser -- and instead asking supporters for help on this one.
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(Following three photos accompany news release headlined above.)
Sheriff and Lt. Governor next to mobile truck
The Sheriff, Special Sheriff Perry, and Lt. Governor (left to right) stride from the emergency communications center to the mobile communications truck
Ralph Swenson, the Sheriff’s radio tech supervisor, holds door to mobile truck for Lt. Governor, Sheriff Cummings (behind him) and Special Sheriff Perry
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Joining three Sheriff’s Office lieutenants (Christopher Eordekian, Thomas Lawler, and Charles “Chip” Lindberg) were two officers from nearby Wareham Police (Daniel Henderson and John Gerard) and one from Mashpee (Karl DeLorme). Most of the remaining participants were off-Cape municipal police but a handful were Army and Coast Guard weapons experts – some from as far away as California. Syracuse, New York, was also represented. The firing range used was next door at Camp Edwards, also located in Bourne.
Removing the stand, meanwhile, was a preliminary step in a project that is much larger, much more meaningful – and sure to be an enormous benefit to future generations of Sandwich student athletes (soccer, football, field hockey, lacrosse, and track and field participants most especially). Before too long, in this area next to the high school, will stand the “Capt. Gerald F. ‘Jerry’ DeConto Veterans Memorial Stadium.”
It will be named after Navy Capt. DeConto, who was killed in the terrorist attack on September 11th when the third plane slammed into the Pentagon. He was helping plan the response to the New York attacks just as the Pentagon was hit. DeConto’s family has donated $¼ million toward the project, of special meaning because the Naval Academy graduate played soccer for Sandwich High (Class of 1975, including a Cape and Islands championship season for the Blue Knights). Memorial bricks, meanwhile, are part of fundraising efforts kicked off this spring to supplement the family’s generous donation. Cape residents who would like to contribute and be so recognized can buy a brick for $100 or $150. Details at www.sandwichsportscomplex.org.
The two-story wooden structure was also a USO center for 1950s service men and women. Inmate crews, meanwhile, are no strangers to Falmouth, or to the rest of the Cape for that matter. They were in the county’s second largest town on 15 projects last year alone. Cape-wide in 2010 the work crews donated $415,000 worth of labor (figured at $25/hour). Sheriff James Cummings says it’s his way of “turning those who’ve mostly taken from society into a productive resource.”
The trick, the Sheriff points out, is coming up with inmates who can make the cut and advance into the jail’s lowest level of security -- the relatively few who are allowed off-site as part on the supervised crews. Right now they number 29 from a jail population of 434, or just 7% of the total. “We err on the side of security,” concludes the Sheriff.