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In full transparency, the following is a press release from the Middlesex Sheriff’s office.


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BILLERICA – Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian has announced that registration is now open for the 45th Basic Training Academy (BTA).  

Those interested in registering for the correction officer entrance exam may do so by 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at

The exam for the 45th Academy is being offered on a rolling basis with candidates able to select from a pre-determined list of dates running from Tuesday, October 19, 2021 through Saturday, November 6, 2021. 

All applicants must be 21 years of age at the date of the examination and be legally eligible to work in the United States in compliance with federal law.  

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Candidates must also have a high school degree or equivalent and possess a valid motor vehicle license.  A bachelor’s degree and/or prior law enforcement or security experience is preferred.

“Integrity and innovation are at the core of the critical work our officers do on a daily basis to keep our communities safe and help improve the lives of those sent to us by the courts,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “We are looking for candidates who share a commitment to this mission and want to make a difference.” 

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The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has been recognized by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and a host of organizations for its innovative, cutting-edge programs that offer unique career opportunities for employees including the Medication Assisted Treatment And Directed Opioid Recovery (MATADOR) Program, the Housing Unit for Military Veterans (HUMV) and the Commonwealth’s first specialized unit for young adult offenders.  

Earlier this year, the Sheriff’s office also opened a new pre-release center designed to help prepare incarcerated women for re-entry.  This program focuses on treatment, family engagement and reunification.

To learn more about the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, find a full list of qualifications or register for this academy’s exam, please visit

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