SHERIFF TOMPKINS, DEPARTMENT SET TO KICK OFF THIRD YEAR OF SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR TEENS

PHOTOCAPTION: Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins with members of the 2015 Summer Enrichment Program.

Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department are now recruiting area students to participate in the Department’s Third Annual Summer Enrichment Program.

 Launched in the summer of 2014, the Summer Enrichment Program was created by Sheriff Tompkins to provide summer employment for Suffolk County teens who are interested in pursuing a future career in law enforcement. Offering paid internships for 20 high school juniors and seniors who have an expressed interest in learning about law enforcement and the court system, the program was also envisioned as an opportunity to bring together uniformed officers and young people from around Suffolk County for the purpose of fostering positive relationships between them.

 “We are very excited to be entering our third year with the Summer Enrichment Program,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “When we first introduced this program, we wanted to provide Suffolk County teens with the opportunity for employment, but equally as important, we also wanted to build and reinforce relationships between members of law enforcement, the court system and our young people. Often, the first interaction between many of our children and people in uniform is when something has gone wrong, and we wanted to change that dynamic for the positive.”      

 As part of the program, participants learn about the inner-workings of law enforcement through job shadowing, weekly presentations by members of law enforcement, roundtable discussions, law enforcement-related field trips, and educational tours. Along with Sheriff Tompkins and members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, past presenters have included representatives from the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations), U.S. Marshals, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police Department, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Norfolk Superior Court, the Boston Fire Department – and others – that have provided Summer Enrichment Program participants with the opportunity to learn about multiple organizations and network with people from their particular field of interest.

 To participate in this seven-week program, which will begin on July 11th and end the week of August 22nd, applicants take part in a competitive interview process, and only mature and professional candidates with a genuine interest in law enforcement are considered for employment.

 Though the days of employment are part-time – students report for work Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. – participants of the program gain a wealth of exposure to law enforcement professionals and organizations and learn transferable job skills that can help them in their future career endeavors.

 “With this program, participants get to experience what it means to work as a team within the law enforcement community,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “Members of our Summer Enrichment Program wear uniforms for the duration of the program, which helps to underscore the concept of ‘team’ and professionalism.”

 “Our intentions are to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders in law enforcement and the legal professions by providing an educational and rewarding experience for participants,” continued Sheriff Tompkins. “I am thrilled to be kicking off our third year of the program, and I look forward to working with this year’s class.”

 For more information about the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Summer Enrichment Program, contact Nadia Lovinsky at: (617) 704-6656 or email her at: nlovinsky@scsdma.org. To learn more about the program and apply, visit: www.scsdma.org. The deadline for application is May 20, 2016.