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June, 2019
  1. 28 year old male of El Salvador @ BCCF 6/18/19 – 6/20/19: Rape, Assault To Rape
  2. 33 year old male of Russia @ BCCF 6/11/19 – 6/12/19: Warrant arrest (S.P. Yarmouth)
  3. 42 year old male of Brazil @ BCCF 6/24/19 – 6/26/19: Violation of Abuse Prevention Order(x2), Threat to Commit Crime
  4. 45 year old male of El Salvador @ BCCF 6/6/19 – 6/11/19: Motor Vehicle Homicide by Negligent Operation
  5. 21 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 6/18/19 – present: Rape of Child, Statutory, Aggravated (x2); Rape of Child (x3), Indecent A&B on Child under 14; Destruction of Property +$250, Malicious, Vandalize Property, A & B on Police Officer (x3); Sexual Conduct with Child Under 14, Pay For,  A & B,  Disorderly Conduct; Disorderly Conduct, Resist Arrest; A & B on Police Officer (x2), Vandalize Property, A&B on Ambulance Personnel; Strangulation/Suffocation, A & B (x3)
  6. 24 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 6/24/19 – present: Strangulation/Suffocation, Assault w/ Dangerous Weapon, A & B, Disorderly Conduct
  7. 41 year old male of Lebanon @ BCCF 6/6/19 – present: Larceny Over & $250, Firearm w/o FID Card, Subsq. Offense(x3), Firearm, Store Improper (x2)



May, 2019
  1. 45 year old female of Bahamas @BCCF 5/2/19 – 5/6/19: Larceny Over $250 by false pretense
  2. 58 year old male of Germany @ BCCF 5/28/19 – present: A&B on P.O. / Resist Arrest / Lewdness, Open & Gross, Subsq. Off. / Threat to Commit Crime / OP MV with License Susp., Subsq. Off. / Neg. OP of MV / Unregistered MV / Number Plate Violation To Conceal ID
  3. 40 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 5/22/19 – 5/23/19: Rape / Indecent A&B on Person Over 14 (x2)
  4. 31 year old male of Serbia @ BCCF 5/24/20 – present: Disorderly Conduct / Resist Arrest
  5. 27 year old male of Columbia @ BCCF 5/6/19 – 5/7/19: OUI Liquor
  6. 41 year old male of Germany @ BCCF 5/6/19 – present: A&B on Family/Household Member / Abuse Prev. Order, Violate / B&E for Misdemeanor / Assault with Dangerous Weapon
  7. 28 year old male of Mexico @ BCCF 5/23/19 – present: A & B
  8. 26 year old male of Dominican Republic @ BCCF 5/7/19 – 5/8/19: Abuse Prev. Order, Violate
  9. 47 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 5/17/19 – 5/20/19: Assault and Battery
  10. 34 year old male of Tanzania @ BCCF 5/20/19 – 5/21/19: Disorderly Conduct / B&E Vehicle/Boat Nighttime for Felony
  11. 56 year old female of Brazil @ BCCF 5/10/19 – present: OUI Liquor 3rd Offense / Neg. OP of MV / A&B on Family/Household Member / B&E for Misdemeanor / OP MV with License Susp. / Tresspass with non-MV- Vehicle / Alcohol in MV, Possess Open Container
  12. 38 year old male of Russia @ BCCF 5/16/91 – present: Federal Charges

May 28, 2019

Contact: Jeff Perry at 508-563-4303

Sign up for Sheriff’s Youth Academy

Two locations this year

Sheriff James Cummings has announced his popular summer youth academy schedule. In addition to the usual Barnstable location, a second location in Falmouth has been added.

“Through the Sheriff’s Youth Academy, we are providing the youth of Cape Cod with a positive atmosphere designed to promote responsibility, instill life skills, and build character” commented Sheriff James Cummings.

The Hyannis site will again be at the Barnstable County Fire and Training Academy off Mary Dunn Road. The new, second academy will convene at Falmouth High School on Gifford Road.

The 12 to 16-year-old Cape youth who sign up for Falmouth will attend every Monday and Tuesday from July 8th to July 30th. The hours will be 8:30 AM to 1 PM and students must arrive promptly and bring their lunch.

Those who opt for Hyannis will attend every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from July 10th to August 2nd from 8:30 AM to 1 PM. Arrival and lunch requirements are the same.

The mix of discipline, physical training and classroom instruction provides an opportunity for the youth who attend to enhance self-control, engage in team building exercises and increase good decision making skills.

For more information, please contact Shaun Cahill at 508-563-4356 or at

Applications are available at:

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May 6, 2019

For More Information Contact Jeff Perry

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22 Correctional Officers Graduate from Sheriff’s Academy

BOURNE – On Friday evening, twenty-two men and women joined the uniformed ranks at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office as Correctional Officers.

Sheriff James Cummings addressed the new correctional officers and approximately two-hundred people who attended the ceremony at Cape Cod Community College’s Tilden Arts Center:

 “Tonight’s graduates will join our corrections staff in operating a safe and secure correctional facility, supervising inmates on a round-the-clock basis. These individuals are sentenced to our facility by the courts of Barnstable County as punishment – not for punishment.  Today’s role of the Sheriff’s Office is more than security; we have a responsibility to rehabilitate the inmates to deter their return to jail once released.”

The 11-week academy included physical training and defensive tactics as well as hands-on problem solving and inmate contact, instruction that gives graduates a concrete start as they report for duty.  Recruits were taught how to write reports, detect suicidal behavior, supervise and interact with inmates of all types, administer first-aid/CPR.  They were also instructed in firearms training, handcuffing and other restraint techniques, ethics and professionalism, gang identification, and fire safety.

The following individuals graduated on Friday and received their silver correctional officer badge:

Christopher Barlow          Fall River

Jonathan Bennett             Harwich

Christopher Cochran        Sandwich

Byron Davis                        Mashpee

Gregory Djaoen                New Bedford

Dakota Eno-Proulx           South Dennis

Shawne Gomes                 Plymouth

Sean Lowe                         Falmouth

Natasha Lyon                    West Harwich

Jason Mahoney                 Centerville

Liam Mahoney                  Westfield

Lorrie McDaniel                Cotuit

Brendan Meehan              Somerset

Robert Ortega                   Worcester

Ryan Pina                           West Wareham

Paul Pitts                            Holbrook

Edwin Polanco                  New Bedford

Brienchard St. Fleur          West Yarmouth

Kyle Stecchi                        Mashpee

Elgin Stewart                     Hyannis

Tyler Walsh                        South Easton

Brandon Weston              West Barnstable

The class president was Corrections Officer Jason Mahoney; class vice president was Christopher Cochran; class treasurer was Lorrie McDaniel; and class secretary was Natasha Lyon.

  1. 36 year old male of Poland @ BCCF 4/16/19 thru present: Lewdness, Open & Gross; Threat To Commit Crime
  2. 59 year old male of Iran @ BCCF 4/18/19: Criminal Contempt, Failure To Pay
  3. 54 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 4/25/19 – present: Photograph Sexual or Intimate Parts of Child
  4. 43 year old male Ireland @ BCCF 4/12/19 – present: Assault On Family/Household Member
  5. 31 year old female of Cape Verde @ BCCF 4/26/19: Assault & Battery
  6. 41 year old male of Germany @ BCCF 4/22/19 – 4/26/19: A & B On Family/Household Member; Abuse Prevention Order Violation
March, 2019
  1. 37 year old male of Ecuador @BCCF 3/29/19 – present: OUI, OUI 2nd
  2. 32 year old male of Brazil @ BCCF 3/27/19: Abuse Prev. Order Viol
  3. 25 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 3/5/19 – 3/26/19: A&B Family/Household Member
  4. 59 year old female of Brazil @ BCCF 3/13/19: OUI 2nd
  5. 25 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 3/11/19 – 3/18/19: B&E Nighttime For Felony; Vandalize Property
  6. 31 year old male of Russia @ BCCF 3/7/19 – 3/15/19: A&B Police Officer, A&B to Intimidate & Disorderly Conduct
  7. 41 year old female of Brazil @ BCCF 3/29/19 – present: Abuse Prev Order, Viol; A & B; Strangulation/Suffocation
  8. 58 year old female of England @ BCCF 3/23/19: OUI 3rd
  9. 56 year old female of Brazil @ BCCF 3/25/19 – present: OUI 3rd, Neg OP of MV, OP MV w/Lic Susp; A&B on Family/Household Member, B&E for Misdemeanor, OP MV w/Lic Susp, Trespass w/ MV, Possess Open Cont of Alcohol in MV
  10. 38 year old male of Dominican Republic @ BCCF 3/27/19: B&E building Daytime for Felony; Trespass


Barnstable County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association announces Annual Meeting and 2019 Awards!

On Friday, March 29, 2019, the Barnstable County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association (BCDSA) will hold our Annual Business Meeting, Awards and Raffle Dinner at the Resort & Conference Center, 35 Scudder Avenue in Hyannis.

Sheriff James Cummings will present the following 2019 Awards at the BCDSA Dinner:

Lifetime Achievement:  Paul Covell of Dennisport has devoted himself to serving his country, state and community. In addition to a successful business career, Paul served in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves from 1955-1963. Since 1983 he has been a member and is the past Captain Commanding the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. Paul’s volunteering and community service is diverse and decades long, including being the Chairman of the Dennis Board of Health, serving on the Cape Cod Board of Realtors, Trustee of the Family Food Pantry and since 1988, serving as a Director on the Board of the Barnstable County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. In addition, Paul served on the Cape Cod Hospital Board of Trustees, was a Director of the Cape & Islands Partnership to reduce Substance Abuse, a Director of Kiwanis, Community Coordinator for the March of Dimes and a member of the Elks. When living in Scituate, Paul was twice elected to the Board of Selectmen and served ten years on the Zoning Board of Appeals. In all respects Paul Covell has lived a life of service.

Community Organization Impact:  Davenport Companies/Seaside Le Mans. Now in its 19th year, Seaside Le Mans is an annual community event, hosted and underwritten by The Davenport Companies, featuring Formula 1 race karts driven by local business sponsors with the goal of raising funds for the Cape Cod community. The 4-hour endurance race held in Mashpee Commons each September has generated $6.5 million through sponsorships and matching gifts for more than 50 non-profit organizations. The family-friendly event is free to attend with race viewing trackside or from the infield and includes music, food, kids’ activities and a volunteer bike build! The beneficiaries of the 2019 race, to be held on September 7, are: Cape Cod Healthcare, Heroes in Transition, Cape Wellness Collaborative, Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Children’s Cove. Seaside Le Mans – The Race for the Cape Cod Community is a fund of the Cape Cod Foundation.

Community Person Impact:   Bob Avila. For decades Bob Avila has been generously giving to his community and operating Captain John’s Boats in Plymouth. Bob was selected for this Award as Bob has generously been supportive of the public safety community. When Sandwich Harbormaster David Whearty passed away in 2015, Bob Avila generously donated one of his boats and was part of a small group of people to organize a benefit Canal Cruise. In 2018 when Yarmouth Police Sergeant Sean Gannon was murdered, Bob was there again generously donating the assets of his company to host another Canal Cruise fundraiser for a law enforcement family in need. Bob will avoid questions about the cost of taking a 200+ person vessel out of service and donating all the fuel, crew and so on. This is simply who Bob Avila is. In addition to organizing the large fundraiser for public safety families, Bob regularly donates 100’s of whale watch tickets to the Sandwich Police and Sheriff’s Office youth programs as well as endless local charities. Bob Avila is a generous and humble person of significant community impact.

Elected Official:  State Senator Vinny deMacedo.  Vinny deMacedo serves as the State Senator for the Plymouth and Barnstable District. He was first elected State Senator in November 2014. He previously represented the First Plymouth District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for eight terms from 1999-2015.  Senator deMacedo has a long list of awards and accomplishments, but the primary reason he is being recognized is his tireless work on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office. For fiscal and budgetary matters and criminal justice issues before the State Senate, Vinny is the first person the Sheriff calls. Always available and informed, Vinny consistently puts the best interest of his District and public safety first and foremost. Vinny embodies all the traits of being a humble and effective elected official.

The evening will begin at 5:30pm with a cocktail hour, followed by a dinner buffet with a variety of meal choices at 6:30pm. There will be a short business meeting and presentation of the Annual Awards followed by our 18th Annual “Reverse Raffle” with prizes from $100 - $5,000, plus plenty of exciting non-cash prize giveaways! All are welcome to attend.

A special thank you to our Event Sponsor - Correctional Psychiatric Services and our Event Supporters - Carl F. Riedel and Son Plumbing, Falmouth Toyota, Gosnold and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.

For ticket information, please e-mail Jeff Perry at




February, 2019
  1. 38 year old male of Ecuador @ BCCF 2/28/19 – present: OUI liquor, Neg OP MV & Lic Susp, OP MV with
  2. 48 year old male of Germany @ BCCF 2/1/19 – present: Rape of child, aggravated, five year age difference, Indecent A&B on child under 14
  3. 27 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 2/4/19 – present: Strangulation/Suffocation, A&B on Family/Household Member(x3), Threat To Commit Crime
  4. 33 year old male of Dominican Republic @ BCCF 2/4/19 – 2/11/19: Abuse Prevention Order Violation
  5. 47 year old male of Switzerland @ BCCF 2/3/19 – 2/5/19: Abuse Prevention Order Violation
  6. 45 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 2/1/19 – 3/1/19: Drug Possession Class B; Indecent A&B on Person Over 14, Strangulation/Suffocation, A&B
  7. 67 year old male of Ireland  @ BCCF 2/17/19 – 2/19/19: A&B on Family/Household Member, Abuse Prevention Order Violation
  8. 25 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 2/17/19 – 2/19/19: A&B with Dangerous Weapon
  9. 44 year old male of Brazil @ BCCF 2/21/19 – 2/28/19: Lic Susp, OP MV with, Subsq Off
  10. 37 year old male of Brazil @ BCCF 2/22/19: A&B on Family/Household Member
  11. 48 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 2/25/19 – 3/1/19: Contempt RE:civil matter out of Probate

February 19, 2019

Contact Jeff Perry at 508-563-4303 or

28 Recruits Begin Sheriff’s Correction Officer Academy

BOURNE, Massachusetts – Twenty-eight men and women began their journey into corrections this week as the newest recruit class at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility.

“Corrections is one of the toughest jobs in law enforcement,” says Sheriff James Cummings. “And it may also be the least appreciated.”

The eleven week academy will include a mix of classroom instruction, fitness training, and hands-on skills development. All recruits will learn the principles of inmate supervision and all the collateral duties, including report writing, suicidal prevention, self-defense, first aid, fire safety, gang identification and the relevant legal and professional standards.

Two thirds of the recruits reside on Cape Cape, with one to three new recruits from Bourne, Barnstable, Dennis, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Sandwich, and Yarmouth.

“Over the next eleven weeks these men and women will be pushed to the limits of their abilities to ensure they are prepared to become a sworn correctional officer.   The training is difficult – because the job is difficult.” commented Special Sheriff Jeff Perry.



February 12, 2019

Contact Jeff Perry at 508-563-4343 or

Sheriff’s Inmate Crews Provide $500K in Annual Labor

Bourne, Mass - Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings today released 2018 calendar year stats for the work performed by his Community Service Inmate Work Crews. The year-end tally was 16,120 hours of inmate work, totaling approximately $481,665 worth of donated labor for projects in all but one of the Cape’s 15 towns.

Inmates provided labor on projects across Cape Cod including sprucing up as part of the outdoor renovations at the East Falmouth Library, landscaping and fence painting at the historic Coast Guard Museum in Barnstable Village, carpentry and painting at the Drama Guild in Chatham and boardwalk repair at a Yarmouthport beach. In addition, BCSO inmates waded into town waterways to help Falmouth Marine and Environmental Services sustain and propagate the town’s quahog population and they provided off-loading services of food supplies at town pantries in Hyannis and Pocasset on several occasions throughout the calendar year.

“Big or small,” says Sheriff Cummings, “these undertakings were labor intensive and performed to the satisfaction of project recipients. In many cases here, we turned what was a ‘budget buster’ into something doable. It gives me great personal satisfaction to be able to help both taxpayers and some of the numerous non-profits that do good work in communities on the Cape.”

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January, 2019
  1. 53 year old female of Canada @ BCCF 1/31/19 – released: WMS – OUI-Drugs
  2. 25 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 1/9/19 – present: A&B Family/Household Member; OUI-Drugs and A&B Family/Household Member, Strangulation/Suffocation
  3. 25 year old male of Honduras @ BCCF 1/25/19 – present: Strangulation/Suffocation; Attempt To Commit Crime; A&B Family/Household Member; OUI-Liquor 2nd and OUI while license suspended for OUI
  4. 20 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 1/22/19 – present: Assault w/Dangerous Weapon; Larc. Under $250 (x3), B&E vehicle/boat (x2)
  5. 51 year old male of Bermuda @ BCCF 1/28/19 – 1/29/19: A&B w/Dangerous Weapon



January 30, 2019

Contact Jeff Perry at 508-563-4303 or

Progress continues with solving B&E's on Cape Cod

Bourne - The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is responsible for processing crime scenes and collecting forensic evidence for all Cape Cod law enforcement agencies requesting such assistance. A review of the 2018 BCI call volume shows 437 commercial and residential breaking and enterings (B&E). In 2017, the total number of B&E’s was 508 and in 2016 the total was 648.

Of those 437 calls for forensic assistance in 2018, 79 fingerprints were identified, providing crucial evidence which will assist local law enforcement in not only identifying and prosecuting the suspect, but potentially recovering the stolen property and obtaining restitution for the victims.

“The teamwork between the local police and the Sheriff’s BCI Unit is a reminder that when police agencies work together, public safety is improved and more crimes are solved” stated Sheriff James Cummings.

In Massachusetts, the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) contains millions of fingerprint exemplars that are electronically and quickly compared to unknown prints recovered from crime scenes. AFIS then provides a list of potential candidates that have similar fingerprint features which are then closely analyzed by the BCI Officer who ultimately makes an elimination or positive identification.

The Sheriff’s BCI Unit Supervisor, Matt Smith proudly explained that “if a print is left behind at a crime scene and the prints are in the systems, with AFIS and BCI’s officers, we’re going to identify you!”

While forced B&E’s have declined in recent years, one concerning trend in Barnstable County that is not improving is the amount of no-force breaks. Unlocked doors and open windows of residences and motor vehicles remains an attraction to criminals seeking a quick and easy theft of money or personal items. Often times, the suspect merely has to reach in to grab an item and they’re gone in an instant.

Sheriff Cummings added, “Residents should take the time to secure their personal belonging, whether it is their house or vehicle. The simple act of locking doors will encourage the potential thief to pass on a targeted house or vehicle. Don’t make it easy for them.”




For immediate release: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Contact: Special Sheriff Jeff Perry 508-563-4303 or

Attempted narcotic smuggling effort detected at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility

BOURNE – The Special Operations Unit (SOU) of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation into an attempted effort to smuggle illegal narcotics into the correctional facility by the use of inmate legal mail.

In an effort to keep illegal narcotics from entering the Correctional Facility, the Sheriff’s Office uses drug-sniffing K-9’s, visual inspection and opening of mail by trained security personnel, a body scanning device and random searches of all areas of the facility. According to state regulation, mail from an attorney to their inmate client is not able to be opened outside the presence of the inmate receiving the mail.

Information has been developed that someone attempted to conceal illegal narcotics disguised as mail from the attorney to an inmate client. The party printed an exterior envelope appearing to be from an attorney and included copies of legal materials in an effort to avoid detection from the screening process. Also included in the envelope was a melted form of an opioid based narcotic. The illegal narcotics were discovered and seized.

“The person(s) responsible for attempting to use the United States mail system to introduce illegal narcotics into our correctional facility should know that they are violating Federal and State law and that the Sheriff’s Office intends to fully prosecute anyone we can build a case against” stated Sheriff James M. Cummings.

Under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 268, Section 28, “Whoever gives or delivers to a prisoner in any correctional institution, or in any jail or house of correction, any drug…without the permission of the superintendent or keeper, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years, or in a jail or house of correction for not more than two years, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.” Federal Law also carries a penalty of up to ten years in Federal Prison.

The Sheriff’s Office SOU investigation is ongoing and the United States Postal Inspection Service has been notified. Anyone with information that may be helpful is encouraged to contact Special Sheriff Jeff Perry at the Sheriff’s Office at 508-563-4303.

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For immediate release: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Contact: Special Sheriff Jeff Perry 508-563-4303 or

Alleged killer of Yarmouth Police Sergeant Sean Gannon arraigned on new charges in slashing incident at Jail

BOURNE - Thomas Latanowich, currently facing a murder charge in last April’s shooting of Yarmouth K9 Sergeant Sean Gannon, was arraigned last week on a separate attack allegedly perpetrated while awaiting trial at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne.

Latanowich, 30, is charged with assault to maim and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He is alleged to have used an altered shaving razor to slice a two-inch cut on the face and left ear of another inmate.

The incident occurred on November 10th and reportedly began as a fist fight between the two inmates. Latanowich is seen (on Sheriff’s video system) pulling a small, straight-edged razor from his waistband and using it to slash the other inmate.

Latanowich’s arraignment was conducted using a videoconference link between the correctional facility and Falmouth District Court.

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A friendly wager between Sheriffs

Lobsters vs Steaks

January 18, 2019

It is Lobsters versus Steaks on the line as the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs square off for the AFC Championship game on Sunday.   In a gesture of goodwill and pride in the New England Patriots, Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings challenged Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forté to a friendly wager of six Cape Cod Lobsters (if the Patriots lose) and six Kansas City Steaks (if the Patriots win).

“I am looking forward to enjoying the Kansas City Steaks from Sheriff Forté.  I feel confident that our six Cape Cod lobsters are safe with Brady and Belichick seeking their sixth Super Bowl title” said Sheriff Cummings.

Both Sheriffs have enjoyed long and successful careers in law enforcement.  Sheriff James Cummings was elected as the Sheriff of Barnstable County and sworn into office in January 1999.  Sheriff Cummings began his career in Law Enforcement in 1974 when he entered the State Police Academy in Framingham. After assignments as a uniformed State Trooper out of the Framingham Barracks and Logan Airport, he was assigned to investigate organized crime in the Boston and South Shore areas. Sheriff Cummings retired as the Detective Lieutenant in charge of the State Police Detectives covering Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties in 1997 to run for office. Elected and sworn into office in 1999, then subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2010 and 2016, Sheriff Cummings oversees the multi-faceted Barnstable County Sheriff's Office which includes the operations of the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Civil Process Unit, a K9 unit, a Marine Unit and the Emergency Communications (911 Dispatch) Center.

Sheriff Darryl Forté is the first African-American Sheriff of Jackson County, MO. Prior to becoming Sheriff, he was the Police Chief of the Kansas City, MO Police Department. As a results-oriented professional with 31+ years of comprehensive experience, Sheriff Forté’s career has afforded him to serve in areas of administrative police affairs, including a proven record of leadership; suppression of crimes through community partnerships utilizing crime prevention strategies; national recognition for successful risk management initiatives; effective management of civil unrest in Kansas City, Missouri, during tumultuous times; and recognition for outstanding community engagement efforts.



Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office
announces 287(g) Steering Committee Meeting

The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), will be hosting its annual 287(g) Steering Committee meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Veterans Lobby Room at the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Center located at 239 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.

287(g) Community Meeting Feb 2019 Power Point Presentation


December, 2018
  1. 36 year old male of Phillippines @ BCCF 12/4/18 – present: Receiving Stolen Property
  2. 25 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 12/10/18 – present: OUI Drugs; Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle; A&B Family/Household Member(x2) and Strangulation/Suffocation(x2)
  3. 24 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 12/3/18 – 12/4/18: A & B Family/Household member
  4. 48 year old male of Algeria @ BCCF 12/14/18 – present: Violation of Abuse Prevention Order(x3); A & B on Police Officer (x2) and threat To Commit Crime
  5. 29 year old male of El Salvador @ BCCF 12/5/18 – present: B & E Nighttime for Felony
  6. 48 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 12/28/18: A&B Family/Household Member; Strangulation/Suffocation; A & B +60/Disabled; Witness/Juror/Police/Court Official, Intimidate and Vandalize Propert
  7. 38 year old male of Ecuador @ BCCF 12/11/18 – present: Leave Scene Personal Injury; OUI Liquor; Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle and Lic. Susp, OP MV

Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office
announces CERT Training Dates

The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) has announced dates for its next winter Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program for volunteers interested in becoming a CERT member. Classes start January 15, 2019 and run six consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm through February 19, 2019. Classes are held at the Harborview Conference Room, 3195 Main Street, Barnstable Village.   To qualify for CERT you must be at least 16 years of age and willing to attend each session.

The BCSO CERT Program is taught by emergency personnel to train residents, community organizations and workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into emergency response capability for their area so that if a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training

There is no charge to participate in the program. All participants must complete and submit a CERT application and CORI form which can be found on the Community Programs page on the BCSO website at

For questions please contact the BCSO Emergency Management Director Joe Gordon at (508) 563-4319 or

November, 2018
  1. 30 year old male of Chile @ BCCF 1/19/18 – present:  Ignition Interlock, Tamper With
  2. 56 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 11/13/18 – 11/13/18: Firearm, Carry w/o License; Firearm, Carry w/o License, Loaded & Firearm, Poss w/o FID Card
  3. 19 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 11/8/18 – 11/9/18: Rape of Child, Statutory, Aggravated (x2); Conspiracy & Accost/Annoy Another Person (x2)
  4. 33 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 11/29/18 – present: Rape of Child W/Force
  5. 36 year old male of Philippines @ BCCF 11/6/18 – present: Receiving Stolen Property


Sheriff’s Office to support Bourne Homeless for Holidays event

The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office will lend its support collecting donations for the Homeless for the Holidays drive in Bourne again this year. All new toys and non-perishable food items received by the Sheriff’s Office will be delivered to Homeless for Holiday organizers at the collection site in Buzzards Bay.

Non-perishable food items and new toys can be dropped off at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, 6000 Sheriff’s Place, Bourne between the hours of 7:30 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. until Tuesday, December 4th.  The December 4th drop-off date allows time for all collections to be distributed to homeless families in time for the holidays.

More than 70,000 pounds of food, 59,000 toys, and 24,000 food items have been collected by the Bourne Homeless for the Holidays fundraiser since the first drive was conducted 14 years ago. The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office is one of a growing list of law enforcement and public safety agencies throughout Cape Cod that have made this their holiday cause.

October, 2018
  1. 33 year old male of Tanzania @ BCCF 10/4/18- present: Disorderly Conduct, Resist Arrest
  2. 32 year old male of Brazil @ BCCF 10/17/18 – 10/24/18: Forgery of Check (x3), Larceny Over $250
  3. 42 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 10/10/18 – present: Assault To Rape, Rape, Kidnapping, B & E Nighttime For Felony
  4. 34 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 10/12/18 – 10/20/18: Larceny Over $1,200 by Single Scheme
  5. 27 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 10/17/18 – 10/27/18: Firearm, Transport into Commonwealth, Sell, Conspiracy, Firearm, Sell/Transfer Large Cap, Firearms, Trafficking In 1-2
  6. 36 year old male of Argentina @ BCCF 10/19/18 – present: Cocaine Distribution (x3), Cocaine Poss To Dist
  7. 45 year old male of Mexico @ BCCF 10/23/18 – 10/23/18: A & B Family/Household Member
  8. 45 year old male of Dominican Republic @ BCCF 10/23/18 – 10/23/18: Failure To Comply w/ Support Order
  9. 75 year old female of Canada @ BCCF 10/26/18 – present: Open & Gross , Lewdness, Disorderly Conduct, Resist Arrest and Threat To Commit Crime



Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office

Announces CERT Training Dates


The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office has announced dates for its next winter Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program for volunteers interested in becoming a CERT member. Classes start January 15, 2019 and run six consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm through February 19, 2019. Classes are held at the Harborview Conference Room, 3195 Main Street, Barnstable Village.   To qualify for CERT you must be at least 16 years of age and willing to attend each session.

The BCSO CERT Program is taught by emergency personnel to train residents, community organizations or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into emergency response capability for their area so that if a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training

There is no charge to participate in the program. All participants must complete and submit a CERT application and CORI form which can be found on the Community Programs page on the BCSO website at

For questions please contact the BCSO Emergency Management Director Joe Gordon at (508) 563-4319 or

September, 2018
  1. 40 year old female of Portugal @BCCF 9/2/18 – 9/4/18: Larc. Of MV; Shoplifting By Conc. Merch; Leaving Scene of Prop Damage; A&B w/DW; and Drug Poss Class B             
  2. 19 year old male of Jamaica @BCCF 9/22/18 – present: B&E Vehicle/Boat NTF (X5), Larc Under $1200 (x4)
  3. 35 year old male of Ecuador @BCCF 9/17/18 – 9/18/18: OUI 2nd, Neg OP MV, Lic. Susp,OP MV with, Subsq Off
  4. 36 year old male of Brazil @BCCF 9/16/18 – 9/17/18: A&B Family Household Member
  5. 35 year old male of Russia @BCCF 9/21/18: Larc Over $250 by Single Scheme; Forgery of Check and Utter False Check



September 26, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Jeff Perry, 508-563-4303

Telephone Scam using Sheriff’s Office name and telephone number

The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office has become aware that its name and telephone number are being used in an effort to fraudulently impersonate the Sheriff’s Office in an effort to scam people out of money related to a missed jury duty appearance, a warrant, money owed to the IRS or some other fictitious government fine.

In this scam, the telephone call and message appears to be from 508-563-4300 and you are asked to call back 508-562-4753.  While the 508-563-4300 is the Sheriff’s main telephone number, such calls are not actually coming from the Sheriff‘s Office.  This type of scam is known as spoofing. 

Please be advised that the Sheriff’s Office does not make calls to any person or business in an effort to collect money for warrants, jury duty, taxes or other such matters.  If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately.  If the calls continue, please report the matter to your local police department.

More information about this type of scam can be found on the Federal Communications Commission’s website:



Donut Boy visiting Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office to visit Cape Cod Law Enforcement on Wednesday
September 24, 2018

Bourne - Tyler Carach might only be ten years old, but that has not stopped him from visiting 40 states and passing out over 70,000 donuts to law enforcement officers, earning the title of “Donut Boy.” Tyler has made national news several times as he displays his appreciation to deputy sheriffs and police officers across the country.

It all started in August 2016, when Tyler was at a local store in Florida, “I saw four deputies and asked if I could use my allowance money to buy them their favorite snack...donuts!”
From that day forward, Donut Boy began his mission to deliver the sweet treats to police departments in Florida.

Since 2016, Tyler and his mother have traveled around the United States to continue to thank law enforcement officers for risking their lives each and every day. At each stop, he wears a donut-printed cape with the words “I DONUT NEED A REASON TO THANK A COP” written on it.

All Cape Cod Police Departments have been invited to welcome Tyler (and have a donut) on Wednesday at 9:00am in the lobby of the Sheriff Office in Bourne.

August, 2018
  1. 41 year old male of El Salvador @ BCCF 8/7/18 thru present: Assault To Murder, A&B W/Dangerous Weapon (x4)
  2. 40 year old male of El Salvador @ BCCF 8/7/18 thru present: Larceny Over $250 by False Pretense
  3. 37 year old male of Ecuador @BCCF 8/8/18 thru 8/24/18: A&B
  4. 37 year old male of India @ BCCF 8/12/18 thru 8/20/18: OUI 2nd, Alcohol in MV, Poss Open Cont, Lic Susp/OP MV with,-Marked Lanes Violation
  5. 31 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 8/15/18 thru 9/4/18: Armed Assault To Murder, A&B Serious Bodily Injury, A&B W/Dangerous Weapon
  6. 54 year old male of Sicily @ BCCF 8/9/18 thru 9/4/18: Fugitive From Justice On Court Warrant, RE; Lewd & Lascivious Conduct W/Child, Sexual Assault
  7. 40 year old male of Lebanon @ BCCF 4/27/18 thru present: Firearm Without FID, Larceny Over, Drug Posses To Dist Cl B
  8. 26 year old male of Morocco @ BCCF 8/17/18 thru 8/21/18: A & B Family/Household Member
  9. 32 year old male of Dominican Republic @ BCCF 8/2/18 thru present: A&B W/Dangerous Weapon, A&B on Police Officer, Resist Arrest, Heroin/Morphine/Opium Trafficking >18, <36 gr
  10. 41 year old male of Jamaica@ BCCF 8/24/18 thru present serving sentence: A&B – 6 months F&A; A&B Family/Household Member - 274 days
  11. 19 year old male of Dominican Republic @ BCCF 8/29/18 thru 8/31/18: Larc Over $1200 by Single Scheme, Credit Card Fraud Over $1200, Forgery Of Document
  12. 75 year old female of Canada @ BCCF 8/30/18: Larceny From Person, Lewdness, Open & Gross,     -Disorderly Conduct, Resist Arrest, Threat To Commit Crime
  13. 25 year old male of Dominican Republic @ BCCF 8/22/18 thru 8/22/18: A&B Family/Household Member 

Is using Suboxone in Jail a good idea?  We asked inmates recovering from addiction…you might be surprised by their responses.


There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding the introduction of Suboxone into correctional facilities as an expansion of Medication Assisted Programs Treatments. Here in the Barnstable County Correctional Facility we have been using Vivitrol for our Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Vivitrol is a non-narcotic treatment which, unlike suboxone, means it is not addictive and will not be diverted and studies have shown that Vivitrol is as good as Suboxone and Methadone in treatment. Here is what some of our inmates and a former inmate tell us about their experience with Suboxone.


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JULY, 2018

Male born in 1994 of Honduras @ BCCF 7/4/18 – present

                - OUI Liquor, 2nd

                - A&B Family/Household Member

                - Threat To Commit Crime


Male born in 1988 of Honduras @ BCCF 7/5/18 – 7/6/18 ($500 posted)

                - OUI Liquor

                - Neg. OP of MV

                - Unlicensed Operation of MV

                - Marked Lanes Viol.


Male born in 82 of Belarus @ BCCF 7/8/18 – 7/9/18

                - WMS for Vandalize Property


Male born in 1977 of Jamaica @ BCCF 7/13/18 – 7/16/18

                - Witness/Juror/Police Intimidation

                - A&B w/ Dangerous Weapon

                - Assault on Family/Household Member


Male born in 1981 of Brazil @ BCCF 7/19/18 – present without bail

                - OUI Liquor, 2nd

                - Neg. OP of MV(x2)

                - Numb Plate Viol


Male born in 1986 of Cape Verde @BCCF 7/20/18 – present held on $15,000 cash bail

                - Armed Assault To Murder

                - A&B with Dangerous Weapon, Serious Bodily Injury

                - A&B with Dangerous Weapon

                - Threat To Commit Crime


Male born in 1997 of El Salvador @ BCCF 7/30/18 – present held without bail

                - Indecent A&B on Child Under 14

                - Indecent A&B on Child Under 14

                - Indecent A&B on Child Under 14


Friday, August 3, 2018

23 graduate from the Sheriff’s Youth Academy



Twenty-three Cape Cod teens have completed this year’s July summer camp, sponsored and run by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office.


“This is a critical time,” Sheriff James Cummings told those the youth and family members at the graduation ceremony in Hyannis. “Where your life goes from here will likely have much to do with the choices you make. And remember, the person who will have the greatest effect on the rest of your life isn’t a teacher, a coach, a friend, or even a parent. It’s you!”


The 12 to 16-year old academy graduates spent four weeks learning life skills that will make them better decision-makers. The program mixes life-lesson instruction with physical fitness drills, all of it infused with a modified dose of boot-camp style discipline. Self-reliance is blended with teamwork and punctuality with pushups. The value of thinking things through as opposed to following first impulses is emphasized.


The program is managed by Sheriff’s Deputy Shaun Cahill, the Sheriff’s youth coordinator and he was assisted this year by Sheriff’s Deputies Bob Roth and Tracey LaGrassa. Sandwich and Barnstable police officers helped as well, as did two or three seasoned military veterans who once again donated a part of their summer to improve the odds for 24 Cape juveniles.


Sheriff’s column

for Cape Cod media

July, 2018

Abolishing ICE would turn blind eye to dangerous criminals

by Sheriff Jim Cummings

“Abolish I.C.E?”


“Colossally misguided.”


That’s my response to the most reckless idea injected into the correction and law enforcement debate in many years.  Exhibit A for me would be a 55-year-old Brazilian man currently in our custody and awaiting trial out of Barnstable Superior Court.


The charges are rape, assault and battery, and soliciting a felony.  Thanks to our recent decision to apply for and join I.C.E.’s 287(g) program, we’re now certain that this individual will not fall through the cracks.  After his state case is adjudicated, his life thereafter begins with government-supervised passage back to Brazil – having twice entered our country quite illegally.


But if we abolish I.C.E. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), 287(g) goes away with it.  At the county end, where four newly trained and certified deputies now participate, the program operates solely within the confines of our jail.  Under this enforcement model, the illegally entering aliens we deal with must first be arrested and charged with an unrelated crime by local law enforcement.  Not until he or she is brought here, to our jail in Bourne, does I.C.E. screening activity even begin.


The program goal is straightforward: Enhance public safety by identifying aliens, lodging immigration detainers, and initiating removal proceedings (with appropriate documentation) on those criminal aliens in our custody.


Some on the far left are attempting to walk back their extremist proposals.  They meant to say reform, or so they say, which has its own synonyms.  What they claim they meant to say is I.C.E. needs to be reorganized, restructured, modified.  I’m not buying it.   Meanwhile, and by all accounts, much of the left is not  backing off.  The makeshift sheets and placards continue to appear, and the word that screams is “Abolish,” leaving us to think . . . . what?


Me, I’d prefer the opportunity to reiterate what I told the press last month when we learned of this accused rapist’s two surreptitious border crossings: “This cooperative program [with I.C.E.] is officially off to a good start.  The end result will never change.  It will make our communities and our country a safer place. If that means doing it one case at a time, so be it.  This is exactly why we wanted to be involved.  So individuals like this would not be released into the community in Barnstable County.”


To quote an ancient Chinese proverb: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  We took our inaugural step last month by identifying the first of what I suspect will be others just like him.  So back he will go to Brazil (after serving the state sentence), which brings me to a final point.


It matters not our offender’s country of origin – whether it be Afghanistan, Zimbabwe or somewhere alphabetically in between.   Brazilian or British; Italian, Irish, or Icelandic; Polish, Peruvian, or Pakistani.  Armed with a map of the world and a few darts, he (or she) could be from any of the 223 countries you might hit.  Crimes matter, nationalities do not.


In the end, I trust logic will prevail.  Abolish I.C.E. and allow illegal criminal aliens to remain in this country?  Or follow the rule of law and transport them back from whence they came?  Easy choice, especially when you consider a country without borders is no country at all.


JUNE, 2018
  1. 39 year old male of El Salvador @BCFF 4/12/18 - present on 2 bail mitts:  Indecent A&B on child under 14; Rape of child with force; Assault to rape child; Indecent A&B on child under 14 aggravated  
  2. 20 year old male of Jamaica @BCFF 3/16/18 - 6/4/18 serving 1 year sentence:  Sexual intercourse; Induce chaste minor                               
  3. 28 year old male of Haiti @BCFF 6/20/18 - present serving a 3 year sentence:   Assault on family/household member;  A&B on family/household member;  Witness intimidation; Assault on family/household member; A&B with a dangerous weapon (x2); Witness intimidation
  4. 34 year old male of Jamaica @BCFF 6/18/18 – present, held without bail mitt:  A&B
  5. 41 year old male of Dominican Republic @BCFF 6/20/18 – present,  held without bail mitt:   Rape (x2)
  6. 57 year old male of Brazil @BCFF 6/25/18 – present,  held on bail mitt:   Rape; A&B; Solicit to commit felony (Common Law)
  7. 53 year old male of Scotland @BCFF 6/26/18 - present serving a 1 year and a half sentence:  Firearm store improper;  Witness intimidation
  8. 21 year old female of Brazil @BCFF 6/26/18 - 6/27/18:  Reckless endangerment of a child;  Larceny over (x2);  Operating with suspended license
  9. 20 year old male of Jamaica @BCFF 6/29/18:  Assault with dangerous weapon; A&B
  10. 30 year old male of Brazil @BCFF 6/29/18-present held on bail mitt:  Larceny over $250; Forgery of check (x2)


Cape Cod’s newly trained ICE-certified liaison deputies assist on their first 287(g) case


             Newly trained and newly participating deputy sheriffs at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office on Cape Cod last week encountered their first 287(g) offender and arrested and transported him to their county facility in Bourne. 

            Antonio Ferreira, a citizen or national of Brazil, now awaits trial on an active warrant for rape, assault and battery, and soliciting a felony – charges formally issued from Barnstable Superior Court (Docket# 0672CR02302). 

            It is not known where and when Ferreira first entered the United States, but it is known that almost 13 years ago, on August 8, 2005, he was served an Immigration Department Notice to Appear (Form I-862). Seventeen months later, in January of 2007, an immigration judge ordered him removed.  He was flown back to Brazil three months after that, a departure made from the Dallas/Fort Worth airport.

            The time and place of his second illegal re-entry are also unknown. 

            Ferreira will now be processed by Barnstable County’s new 287(g) field office and the ICE field office in Boston.  The paperwork required will include a Warrant of Arrest, an I-871 Notice of Intent, and what is called a decision to Reinstate Prior Order.  Removal from the U.S. will be as prescribed by Section 241(a)5 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act.

           Concluded James M. Cummings, the Sheriff of Barnstable County: “This cooperative program is officially off to a good start.  The end result will never change.  It will make our county and our country a safer place.  If that means doing it one case at a time, so be it.  This is exactly why we wanted to be involved in this program.  So individuals like this would not be released to the community in Barnstable County.”

           Rebecca J. Adducci, interim Field Director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in Boston, said she values cooperation from law enforcement partners like the Sheriff’s Office because “it allows for the removal of dangerous criminal illegal aliens like Ferreira.  The joint efforts “help to make communities throughout the Commonwealth safer every day,” Adducci concluded.  



MAY, 2018
  1. 22 year old male of El Salvador @ BCCF 5/4/18 – present as U.S. Marshall’s hold: Rico Conspiracy
  2. 30 year old male of El Salvador @ BCCF 5/4/18 – 6/18/18:  A&B, A&B w/DW and Violation of 209A                                      
  3. 18 year old male of Cape Verde @ BCCF 5/8/18 – present:  Armed Robbery
  4. 29 year old of Cape Verde @ BCCF 5/8/18 – present:  Armed Robbery
  5. 30 year old male of Honduras @ BCCF 5/14/18 – present:  Poss Class B Subsq Off, Intimidate Witness, A&B Family and Poss Class A Subsq Off
  6. 19 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 5/17/18 – present: Aggravated Statutory Rape Of Child  x 2 / $14,000 total cash bail

For immediate release

Monday June 4, 2018


For more contact:

Shaun Cahill / 774-392-5640


Sign up now for 2018 Sheriff’s summer youth academy


Sheriff James Cummings has set a June 25th deadline to sign up for his summer youth academy.

The program is a collaborative effort bringing together specially trained staff from correctional, educational, police and treatment organizations. Together, they provide a supportive environment for Barnstable County youth between the ages of 12 and 16, one that fosters improved social skills, increased resiliency, and most of all better decision making.

“The academy is geared to a critical age group,” notes Sheriff Cummings, “It’s centered around those core formative years when – consciously or not – individuals are spending time and engaging in behaviors that can make a huge difference down the line.”

Past instructors have been drawn from a mix of law enforcement, public safety, and military posts; these have included the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, Barnstable Police, Sandwich Police, Yarmouth Police, State Police, local firefighters, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Academy will start July 10th and run 3 days a week for 4 weeks ending on August 2nd. Sessions will begin at 8:30 AM and end at 1 PM. All applicants, parents and guardians will be invited to a family orientation meeting on Tuesday, June 26th at 6pm.

You can download an application at:

If you have questions, contact Shaun Cahill or Robert Roth. They can be reached at or 774-392-5640 and or 508-209-1217.

June 1, 2018

Deputy Dahill, Sergeant Cameron, Sergeant Fernandes and Deputy Osgood graduate from the ICE 287(g) training


For immediate release

May 29, 2018


For more contact:

Roy L. Lyons

(508) 563-4449


Sheriff Cummings receives Flag flown by Troops in Baghdad



          BOURNE, Massachusetts – Barnstable County Sheriff Jim Cummings recently received an American Flag sent by U.S. Army Major Joshua Shavers who, along with his troops, are stationed overseas as part of the Combined Joint Task Force at Operation Inherent Resolve Headquarters in Bagdad, Iraq. The flag was sent to Sheriff Cummings in appreciation for his continued support of our troops overseas. The accompanying Certificate of Authenticity reads:


“This hereby certifies that on the 15th of February, 2018, this American

Flag was flown above the Combined Joint Task Force at Operation

Inherent Resolve Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq during the fight to defeat

ISIS in Iraq and Syria.”


          Sheriff Cummings participates in the annual Cape Cod Cares for the Troop package drive which sends hundreds of packages to troops overseas during the holiday season. Each package includes a thank you letter to the troops from Sheriff Cummings. Major Shaver’s acknowledgement letter states, in part, “Dear Patriot, Thank you for your support to the Troops. It does make a difference.”


          Sheriff Cummings states “The flag and certificate sent by Major Shavers are proudly displayed at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility as a reminder to us all of the ongoing sacrifices these men and women make every day for the safety and wellbeing of our county.”


          Sheriff Cummings has also detected an interesting coincidence in the certificate: It comes from a joint task force in Iraq while Blackhawk helicopters fly routinely over Joint Base Cape Cod – but a stone’s throw where the flag is now mounted at the Sheriff’s Office.


May 25, 2018

Press Statement by Sheriff James M. Cummings on Senate Amendment which will reduce public safety:


The Senate’s vote to attempt to restrict Sheriffs from keeping dangerous criminals off our streets is disappointing and shortsighted. The goal of the 287(g) program is to enhance public safety by identifying aliens, lodging immigration detainers, and initiating removal proceedings on potentially deportable criminal aliens who have been arrested on a separate state criminal charge.  

 In December, Senator Cyr said in the Cape Cod Times that he would support the Sheriff’s Office program so long as it remained a jail program and not one that was expanded into the community.  As nothing has changed with our jail program and has kept several dangerous criminals incarcerated for charges including rape of a child, it is disappointing that Senator Cyr has changed his position on 287(g) our program without any communication from him.


For immediate release

May 21, 2018


For more contact:

Roy L. Lyons

(508) 563-4449

13 correctional officers graduate from Sheriff’s Academy


BOURNE, Massachusetts – Nine men and four women have joined the uniformed ranks at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office as part of a common yet critical mission: To protect the public from criminal offenders by operating a safe, secure and rehabilitative correctional facility with Integrity, Professionalism, Compassion and Teamwork.


The 11-week Sheriff’s Academy included physical training as well as actual problem solving and inmate contact, instruction that gives graduates a concrete start as they report for duty. Recruits learned, among other things, how to write reports, detect suicidal behavior, supervise and interact with inmates, defend themselves if need be, administer CPR, and be alert to inmate cons. They were also instructed in fire safety, gang identification, ethics, constitutional law, self-defense, handcuffing and other restraint techniques.


“For you,” the Sheriff stated, “overseeing the Cape’s most dangerous criminals together under one roof is no longer an academic exercise – it is now a daily working condition. They reside, per court order, at 6000 Sheriff’s Place (the jail’s address). And it’s your job to supervise them.”


The Sheriff acknowledged that the opioid crisis, and the upsurge in inmates who would be better served in a secure mental-health setting, have made the job of being a correctional officer even tougher in recent years.


The Recruit Class Officers are President Kyle Grady, Vice President Magdalena Kowalska, Treasurer Kevin Malone and Secretary Benjamin Goodwin.


The graduation ceremony was at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility (BCCF) on Saturday, May 18, 2018 with family, friends and Sheriff’s Office staff in attendance. The facility was built and opened in 2004 and is accredited by the American Correctional Association with a 100% audit rating.


Barnstable County Recruit Correctional Academy

Class Graduation: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bourne, Massachusetts










Taylor PAINI


East Falmouth

Kaitlyn TRAVIS








Magdalena KOWALSKA


Monument Beach





Benjamin GOODWIN



Jillian JODOIN




Christopher CHEVERIE


Inmate suicide attempt averted by swift actions of Deputy Sheriff

Media Release – May 16, 2018

BOURNE - On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8:44am at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility (BCCF), Deputy Sheriff Kevin Perry was checking on the well-being of a male inmate in G Pod. Deputy Perry witnessed that the inmate had configured a bed sheet around the top bunk frame of the cell and was attempting to hang himself.

Deputy Perry activated the BCCF emergency response alert system. Additional correctional officers, including Captain Ross, Deputy Christian and medical staff promptly arrived at the Pod at 8:46am as the inmate was removed from the bed sheet which was wrapped around his neck.

Medical Director Pam Small and Nurses Gaine and Foley assessed and treated the inmate as Bourne Fire Rescue was called to transport the inmate to Falmouth Hospital for further evaluation. Later on the May 15th, the inmate was returned to BCCF.

“This incident is an excellent example of a correctional officer following his training and being diligent with his inmate observation and checks. Because of the work of Deputy Perry and the other responding security and medical staff, this inmate was not able to complete this suicide attempt and will receive appropriate follow up mental health services” noted Sheriff Cummings.

For immediate release

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Deputy Eric Iverson presented Medal of Honor at State House awards ceremony


Barnstable County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Iverson was awarded the State’s Medal of Honor yesterday for assisting a State Trooper who was violently assaulted by a motorist who he had stopped last summer on Route 6 in Yarmouth.  It is the highest award bestowed by the Commonwealth to a Correctional Officer.


The trooper, Anthony Chatigny, was “safe because of the deputy’s action,” his supervisor wrote in a follow-up report that helped prompt yesterday’s medal.   Its recipient “demonstrates actions above and beyond the call of duty, in the face of certain and imminent danger to life and limb.” 


While off duty, Deputy Iverson came upon the scene shortly after 10pm one late August evening while en route to his mother’s house.  The struggle between Trooper Chatigny and the suspect had spilled out into the travel lane and had already included an attempt by the suspect to grab for the trooper’s hand gun, two unsuccessful “tasings”, and the suspect’s attempt to run the trooper over.


The suspect had “kicked the Trooper repeatedly in the face and shoulders” when Iverson jumped out to help.  “There is no doubt in my mind,” writes a supervising State Police lieutenant, “that not for Deputy Iverson’s selfless assistance, harm would likely have come to Trooper Chatigny or be may have been fatally wounded.” 


The suspect was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (3 counts) and assault and battery on a police officer.


Sheriff James Cummings, who submitted the award on his deputy’s behalf, echoed that sentiment.  “Deputy Iverson’s self-sacrificing reflects entirely on him.  A fellow lawman was under attack and Eric wasn’t about to just drive by.  He reminds all of us that answering the call of duty is what truly matters in this profession.”



APRIL, 2018
  1.  31 year old male of Columbia @ BCCF 3/27/18 – 4/9/18:  Fugitive From Justice On Court Warrant
  2. 30 year old male of El Salvador @ BCCF 4/12/18 – present:  Rape of Child With Force, Assault To Rape Child, Indecent A&B On Child Under 14                                               
  3. 20 year old male of El Salvador @ BCCF 4/26/18 – 4/27/18:  OUI Liquor, Negligent Operation of MV, Unlicensed OP of MV, Failure to Stop For Police, Speeding Rate of Speed Exceeding Posted  



APRIL 23, 2018



(508) 375-6121


BOURNE, Mass. – Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings today set Monday, May 14th, for opening night of his annual Citizens Academy. The BCSO Citizens Academy provides participants with an inside view of the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, the BCSO Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the BCSO Telecommunications Division, the BCSO Civil Process Division as well as the community offerings provided by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office.

The Academy will meet each Monday night for six weeks from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. until June 25th at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne, MA. There will be no class held on Memorial Day. All participants must submit a completed Citizens Academy Application and Facility Tour Release Form to the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office for acceptance into the program and agree to attend each day of the scheduled Citizens Academy.

“The biggest part of our job is running a house of correction and jail,” Sheriff Cummings pointed out. “But our mission is a lot more varied than that. This is a great opportunity for interested citizens to see exactly how we go about our business.”

For further information and to obtain a Citizens Academy Application and Facility Tour Release Form go to our website at If you have any questions, call Shaun Cahill at (508) 563-4356 or email him at .


Sheriff’s Response to 287(g) Article in Cape Codder

April 19, 2018

After being informed of an article in a mid/lower cape weekly in which I was mentioned in relation to the lack of “love” felt for me by the Lower Cape Indivisible Group because of the BCSO’s involvement with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), I feel this is a good time to remind folks of exactly what our involvement with ICE will be.

Identified as the 287g Program for Jails and Prisons, this program will train four of our BCSO Deputy Sheriffs on ICE Policy and Procedure and provide our deputies access to ICE databases. This will allow BCSO Deputies to run checks on individuals sent to the Barnstable County Correctional Facility who are charged with a crime committed in Barnstable County, after appearing before a court or Bail Commissioner and ordered held on bail or without bail. Our deputies will then verify their immigration status and, if necessary, will begin the process for removal. This is basically the same thing we do for a U. S. Citizen when they are sent to jail held on bail or without bail. We search local, state and national databases to see if the U.S. citizen is wanted in any other state and if they are, we begin the process to send them back to that state.

I have agreed to take part in the 287g Program for one reason: to keep our communities safe. I do not want to be the one who releases a criminal back into our community who is here illegally in the first place, and then commits another crime, putting the citizens of Barnstable County in danger.

The BCSO posts a list of ICE Detainees every month on the Media page of our website  See also 287(g) Program - What It Is-What It Is Not also on our Media page.


MARCH, 2018
  1.  23 year old male of Brazil @ BCCF 3/12/18 – 3/15/18:  Witness, Intimidate, Drug, Possess Class B
  2. 20 year old make of Jamaica @ BCCF  3/16/18 – present:  Sexual Intercourse - Induce Chaste Minor
  3. 42 year old male of Jamaica @ BCCF 3/19/18 – present:  A&B
  4. 23 year old male of Brazil @ BCCF 3/17/18 – 3/30/18:  Robbery, Armed
  5. 39 year old male of Brazil  @BCCF 3/24/18 – 3/26/18:  OUI Alcohol; Negligent OP MV
  6. 25 year old female of Jamaica  @ BCCF 3/26/18 – present:  Larceny Over $250 by Single Scheme, Larceny Over $250 from +60/Disabled


Sheriff’s monthly column

for Cape Cod media

April, 2018

Treatment saves life – but you have to want it!

by Sheriff James Cummings

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse over 64,000 Americans died from drug overdose deaths in 2016. The largest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl (synthetic opioid) with more than 20,000 overdose deaths in that category alone. While the 2017 national statistics are not yet finalized, there is no reason to believe that overdose deaths are declining on Cape Cod or across the country.

Practically not a day goes by that our local news outlets are not reporting a story where someone has overdosed and is either saved by a first responder using Narcan or resulting in yet another tragic death. Almost every family on Cape Cod has been impacted somehow by the opioid addiction crisis. Our statistics tell us that opioid addiction puts individuals at risk for engaging in criminal behavior often resulting in incarceration at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility. In 2016, 51% of Barnstable County Correctional Facility inmates reporting a substance abuse problem indicated opioids as their drug of choice.

In the business of law enforcement and specifically in jail management/corrections we often review statistics looking for trends and to evaluate the success of rehabilitation programs.   As a part of our review, we studied all of the deaths that occurred in Barnstable County for 2016, 2017 and the first two months of 2018. Not surprising, but still very telling, was that almost 50% of those who died from a drug overdose had served time in a correctional facility at some time in their lives.

Such data only tells part of the story. What is even more meaningful from our analysis is that only one of the fifty-seven (1.75%) previously incarcerated, but now deceased individuals sought treatment while in jail for their drug addiction. The other fifty-six men and women, while they had treatment offered to them while in jail, did not take advantage of the various programs available.

At the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in an effort to assist those suffering from all types of addictions, we offer intensive treatment programs which incorporate the evidence-based practices of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. We put emphasis on increasing motivation for sustained recovery from addiction and preparing for a stable and supportive post-release environment utilizing a holistic reentry program.

Our most intense program occurs in the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment program (RSAT). The RSAT program is a six month program separated from the general correctional population and is a quasi-military therapeutic community model incorporating discipline, respect for authority and a coordinated approach involving treatment, education and security staff.  We know that inmates who successfully complete this six month program are much less likely to commit crimes in the future and based on the review of overdose data, it is fair to say that this program greatly reduces the likelihood of dying from a drug overdose once released from custody.

In addition to RSAT, the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office has one of the largest and most successful Vivitrol programs in the country. Vivitrol (Extended-Release Naltrexone) is a non-narcotic, once-monthly, injectable medication used to treat opioid and alcohol dependence. Treatment plans always include behavioral health treatments and/or involvement in support groups in addition to medications that support recovery. Inmates report that Vivitol decreases their craving from drugs and alcoholic and helps them live a more productive and successful life after release.

In many ways addiction is an individual and unique disease often complicated by mental health issues and criminality. Our programs and data at the Sheriff’s Office clearly demonstrate that when someone is sentenced to jail or the house of correction and they are sincere about participating in a recovery program, not only are they much less likely to commit a future crime, but their commitment to recovery may just save their life!





  1. 39 year old male of China @ BCCF 2/8/18 – present:   Sexual Conduct For Fee, Conspiracy                    
  2. 37 year old male of Jamaica @BCCF 2/24/18 - 2/26/18:  Alcohol in MV, Open Container Of;      Speeding, Negligent OP of MV, OUI Liquor
  3.  43 year old male of Brazil @ BCCF 2/28/18 – 3/1/18:- Unlicensed OP of MV, Speeding, False Name, Arrestee Furnish



Sheriff’s monthly column

for Cape Cod media

March, 2018

Our data tells a story…

by Sheriff James Cummings

In law enforcement statistics don’t always tell the whole story, but they certainly can show trends and commonalities. By collecting and analyzing data at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, we are better able to direct our resources and programs to ensure we are operating an effective and efficient organization focused on public safety and inmate rehabilitation.

A look back at the data from 2017 for 400 sentenced inmates (380 who we have complete data for) paints a pretty clear picture of the major factors which lead to criminal behavior, drug addiction and other criminogenic influences which increases the likelihood of someone being incarcerated.

It will likely come as no surprise to anyone that 356 (93%) of the 380 sentenced inmates admitted an active and serious substance abuse/addiction. Looking further at the 356 sentenced inmates, 196 (55%) of them had a specific addiction to Heroin/Opioid. The Heroin/Opioid epidemic is well documented on Cape Cod. While many people who suffer from a Heroin/Opioid addiction do not commit crimes to “feed their addiction,” the evidence is compelling that drug use and addiction greatly increases criminal behavior.

To decrease future crime and assist those suffering from addictions, our treatment programs at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility (BCCF) incorporate the evidence-based practices of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to address known factors responsible for recidivism. Emphasis is placed on increasing motivation for sustained recovery from addiction and preparing for a stable and supportive post-release environment utilizing a holistic reentry program.

Our most intense program occurs in the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment program (RSAT). Commonly known as the Shock Unit, the RSAT Program is housed apart from the general correctional population and is a military-based therapeutic community incorporating discipline, respect for authority, and a coordinated approach involving treatment, education and security staff.  We know that inmates who successfully complete this six month program are much less likely to commit crimes in the future.

Most with addictions tell us they started using during their early teen years. Our 2017 statistics found that the average age of first substance use for inmates was 14.3 years. 242 of the 356 (65.7%) who report an ongoing addiction state that it began with marijuana use. The average age for the first use of alcohol was 14.1 years. Our data, as well as national figures demonstrate the direct link that adult substance abuse is statistically related to early use of alcohol and marijuana. We will leave the “gateway drug” discussion for another time and let the statistics speak for themselves.

A growing concern for correctional facilities across the country is the number of inmates who are suffering from serious mental illnesses. In 2017, 223 (58%) of the 380 sentenced inmates admitted having a mental health issue during their lives. In Barnstable and most other places, facilities are spending more and more of their budget to identify and treat those suffering from mental illnesses. To assist our efforts, we have contracted with Correctional Psychiatric Services to provide additional mental health and medical services. We are also in our second year with a grant partnership with Cape Cod Healthcare to deliver increased services to inmates suffering from a serious mental illness.

We also know that a person’s education level is related to the likelihood of being involved with crime. Data shows in 2017, only 51% of our inmates had a high school diploma equivalency. To reduce this risk factor, every sentenced inmate who did not finish high school (or GED) is offered classes and testing at the Sheriff’s House of Correction. Pre-trial inmates who have been in custody for 30 days or more are offered on-site educational services. These services include functional literacy classes, high interest classes, HiSET (also known as GED) preparation, and individual study opportunities.

The collecting of data and subsequent tracking of crime and risk factors is critical to the creation and development of sound criminal justice programs and to ensure the wise expenditure of taxpayer dollars. For 2018 and beyond the issues of drug addiction and mental illness remain the largest challenges to operating a safe, secure and rehabilitative correctional facility.




FEBRUARY 23­­­, 2018



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Inmates respond to Academy’s NEEDs


Inmates from the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Community Service Program help with much needed building repairs at the National Environmental Education Development (NEED) Academy in Truro.   The academy, located on the National Seashore, provides hands-on education about the Cape Cod coastline to area 5th grade students. 


“If they (the inmate crew) didn’t do this, we’d have to do it ourselves,” says Ellie Moody, the academy’s director, “and for that, there’s no money, no manpower, no time.  It also enables us to preserve a part of the National Seashore experience and that belongs to all of us.” 



Inmate Steven Pierce preps a new ceiling inside NEED Academy



Academy Director Ellie Moody shows inmate Michael Burrell what’s next, replacing a ramp railing that’s been weather beaten by high wind, driving rain, and salt air



FEBRUARY 5­­­, 2018



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Sheriff’s Community Service Program provides

more than $570,000 worth of labor


Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings today released the 2017 calendar year statistics for his Community Service Inmate Work Crews and the news is sure to be well received by the dozens of Cape Cod municipal and non-profit entities that were project recipients.

The Sheriff’s four-to-six man work crews provided approximately $571,305* worth of donated inmate labor in 14 out of 15 of the Cape’s towns in 2017. Many non-profit organizations, government agencies and municipalities were able to take advantage of the Sheriff’s Community Service Program on more than one occasion to complete projects and much needed work that may have otherwise been too costly. The savings provided by the BCSO’s Community Service Work Program for the last three years totals $1.86 million (or an annual average of $618,785).

Sheriff Cummings noted, “Almost all are projects are those that may not have been done otherwise due to financial restraints. Big or small, the undertakings were labor intensive and our inmate work crews provided a quality product at a great savings. Many job recipients were otherwise staring at ‘budget busters.”

Some of the inmate work crew jobs were recurring such as off-loading for food pantries in Hyannis and Pocasset, but most were larger and more complicated undertakings. For example, in Barnstable four separate projects highlighted that town’s list of projects completed with the help of our inmate work crews including, landscaping and fence repairs at the Hyannis Library, carpentry and painting at Sturgis Charter School, a re-roofing job for Barnstable’s DPW and painting inside of the West Barnstable Library.

The Town of Bourne benefited from this program by utilizing inmate work crews to remodel the inside the Sagamore Beach fire station, build a new interior wall and make masonry repairs at police headquarters, power-wash and install a new garage door at Buzzard Bay’s Water District and install one shed and reconstruct another for the Bourne Library.

The BCSO Community Service Program also provided event tents for non-profit organizations, government entities and municipalities.   This service saved non-profit and government agencies an additional $125,000 in 2017, money that enabled recipients to convert fundraising overhead into bottom line proceeds. “More money for the cause,” notes the Sheriff

*Note on calculation: Dollar amounts above are derived by multiplying inmate man-hours (19,120) by $29.88, which is considered the Massachusetts volunteer hourly labor value.


  1. 28 year old male of El Salvador @BCCF 1/10/18-present:  B&E Building Nighttime for Felony, Larceny Of Firearm 4 counts, Larceny over  $250                                                                             
  2. 20 year old male of El Salvador @BCCF 1/16/18–1/29/18 (bailed @ court): Rape of Child, 3 counts                                                                             
  3. 18 year old male of Jamaica @BCCF 1/5/18-1/8/18 (bailed @ BCCF):  Domestic Abuse Prevention Order Violation                                                                    
  4. 32 year old male of Russia @BCCF 1/21/18 - 1/22/18 (bailed @ BCCF):  Assault & Battery on Police Officer, OUI, Neg. Operation of MV                                                                                  
  5. 35 year old male of Poland @ BCCF 1/31/18- present:  Assault & Battery with Dangerous Weapon, 2 counts



Sheriff’s monthly column

for Cape Cod media

February, 2018

On Leading and Following

by Sheriff James Cummings

In one sense, our Sheriff’s Office is no different than any organization. A few have to lead and the rest have to follow; however, that is far from the end of the story. As we approach Superbowl Sunday, I am reminded of New England Patriots Head Coach Belichick’s quote on Teamwork, “It is not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they function together.”

The same is true managing the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office. We are at our strongest and most effective when we are working toward common goals. I would like you to hear from the men and women it is my privilege to lead daily and how their diverse roles have some very common themes:

Correction Officer Thomas Kennedy, whose daily post is normally one of the 12 pods that comprise our inmate housing units: “It begins with following the rules and the chain of command. Best way to keep out of trouble. It also helps an officer if he has confidence in himself and better yet if inmates can sense that. Situational awareness is a plus, because you need to be able to feel the unit’s mood, especially if it’s changed for some reason. And being a mini-leader helps, because inmates need to know that within the confines of that particular space one person’s in charge.”

Lieutenant Patti Sprague, currently overseeing approximately 140 inmates housed in the four-unit cluster set aside for sentenced offenders: “My job is to make sure the officers on these pods work as a team, so communication is important. And equally so is dealing respectfully with the individuals I come in contact with – officers and inmates alike. A small dose of interpersonal skills can go a long way.”

Brian Skinner, identification officer in our Bureau of Criminal Investigation: “Step one is how you gather evidence. You need to be thinking expansively – thinking outside the box – when you collect it. Is there a potential clue in something that might otherwise seem innocuous?

“Then you need to be precise and exact in how you take and read measurements. Finally, you need the training and the experience to tell the difference between what might be useful and what’s not worth pursuing. Easier to talk about than to do.”

Greg Carbone, who teaches high school equivalency courses and other basic adult education: “You have to try and form a bond with these individuals because they obviously aren’t traditional students. Many have been out of school for a long time and a lot never finished. So they often start with a basic distrust of the whole teacher-pupil connection because their memories of them aren’t good. It’s small steps at first, getting them to feel better about themselves, and from there developing a sense of trust.”

Records Deputy Dave Dahill, whose domain is a mountain of inmate paperwork carefully arranged into what are called six-part folders: “It starts and ends with attention to detail. This isn’t a job for big-picture strategizing. You also need to make accurate computations when called for, maybe an inmate’s release date being the best example of that. You have to dot every “i” and cross every “t” as you take the paper trail from start to finish.”

Telecommunicator Sergeant James Thomas, who works at our emergency dispatch center: “For us, I’d say being a good listener is important. I’ll give you an example. Couple of nights ago I was on the line with a caller from Dennis. He was frantic, almost out of his mind. They had a baby who was in a very bad way, but I also thought I heard him say ‘van’ a couple of times. I questioned him about that, and turns out the infant wasn’t even at the house where the call originated. His mother-in-law was taking the baby to the hospital. So I alerted Dennis Police, an ambulance caught up to the van, and they took it from there. Not sure someone listening less intently would have caught this.”

As you can see from this sample, we have quite a strong and dedicated team at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office who I am very proud to lead.

Until next time . . .GO PATRIOTS!


Sheriff’s monthly column

for Cape Cod media

December, 2017


Problem-solving: A look back at a busy year

by Sheriff James Cummings

As 2017 goes into the books, a look back seems in order. As always, much has happened both inside the jail and out.

The year started with a bang, made possible by scores of loyal supporters and tens of thousands of voters who brought me to a January inauguration -- and my fourth term as your Sheriff bring many new (and some old) challenges.

One is the opiate crisis and the affect it has had on the inmates arriving here. More and more are in need of mental health and addiction services. As a percentage of the whole, it seems, fewer are willing to make the best of what is for them an unwanted situation.

In this regard, 2017 ended as it began, searching for ways to create beds for mental health inmates in an appropriate setting, not inside a county facility ill-suited for that population. In the meantime, shorter term, training specific to this issue was given to staff near year’s end.   The officer corps itself was also bolstered when 30 new correction cadets completed an early spring academy and reported for duty.

Meanwhile, as they were graduating, seven BSCO interns from Cape Cod Community College were just beginning an inaugural 22-credit program that will enhance their standing as future officer candidates. Some of the interns, in fact, were later offered slots in another new Sheriff’s academy, this one beginning in March.

I talked in my January inaugural speech about needing to expand inmate educational offerings, and we’ve made progress on that front. It began the prior year when we started giving pre-trial offenders the same opportunity sentenced inmates have to earn a high school equivalency diploma.

This past August, we did the same thing with our RSAT (Residential Substance Abuse Treatment) unit. Once chosen, our inaugural candidate, awaiting trial for third offense OUI, minced no words: “I’ve learned more in one week in RSAT,” said the 36-year-old Harwich man, “than I did in my first two months in a pre-trial unit.”

In October, with an assist from Gosnold treatment center, we were able to offer a trauma-sensitive yoga program to our women’s population and kicked off a second new program for female inmates as well. This one provides pass-along instruction to help their children avoid a drug-abusing life style.

For the fourth or fifth consecutive year, I again spread the good news about our success with the opiate-blocker drug Vivitrol. The biggest stage this year was in nearby Boston, where the National Governor’s Association sponsored a conference with the accurate if lengthy title: “A Learning Lab on Expanding Access to Opioid Disorder Treatment for Justice-involved Populations.” I joined fellow Sheriff Peter Koutoujian of Middlesex County on the dais and used the occasion to extol the virtues of Vivitrol to judicial, corrections, and public safety decision-makers from nine states. That was in June and later the same month Governor Charlie Baker weighed in where it matters most, awarding us a $179,000 grant to help in the opioid fight.

2017 was year of great individual achievements. In May, thirteen deputies won a prestigious State House Department of Correction award for helping disarm and end a dangerous, 7½-hour stand-off in Mashpee, where a dangerously-armed suspect had used his perch in an electronics store to announce he’d “kill the first cop who tries to enter.” (Cited were staffers Robert AHONEN, Jim ANGLIN, Peter BENSON, Jason BUMPUS, Chris CARD, Jeff CIAMPA, Chris EORDEKIAN, Kevin FERNANDES, Lou LANGTON, Pat MARTIN, Barney MURPHY, Paul RODERICK, and Ralph SWENSON.)

Next up was Deputy Eric Iverson. He was en route to check on his mother during a power outage on a late August night when he came across two men grappling in the travel lane of Route 6 (eastbound) in Yarmouth. He jumped in to help one, a State Police trooper, try to get control of the other, an OUI suspect. Reinforcements soon arrived and the marathon fight ended with the suspect secured and Iverson and the trooper “gasping for air.” But were it not for Iverson’s “selfless assistance,” writes the incident’s supervising lieutenant in an after-action report, “harm would have likely come to the trooper.”

The following month, two Sheriff’s maritime deputies aboard our patrol boat thrust the throttle to full-speed-ahead to reach a pair of distressed swimmers in a mere two minutes. And good thing skipper John Doherty and crewman Peter Benson did. The swimmers had been caught in a rip tide at Old Silver Beach in Falmouth and were barely clinging to the side of a small private boat that had also responded. The deputies tossed each water-logged swimmer a life ring and pulled them aboard.

In October, our special operations office provided critical information that helped secure the arrest of a dangerous felon on the State Police’s “Most Wanted” list. Thomas Vargus was arrested in Marcus Hook, a tiny hamlet in Pennsylvania, for attacking a dog and the woman walking it – wielding a machete in both cases. Good detective work in the line of duty.

The year saw another pile of “Inmate at Work” jobs tackled and completed. The numbers will be computed shortly after year’s end but this much I can tell you: Municipal and non-profit agencies on Cape Cod once again got plenty of donated inmate labor to help them paint and hammer, mow and rake, harvest and saw, erect and scrub their way through dozens of projects.

The final three months of the season brought out the best in our workforce. The same men and women who take public service seriously at the workplace pitched in to donate to Hurricane Irma victims in Florida. With help from Cape Cod police chiefs – who established drop-offs at their headquarters – we joined Sheriff Offices in Plymouth and Norfolk counties to collect 60 pallets of dry goods, non-perishable food, children’s clothing and household cleaning supplies. Teamsters from Local 25 donated the trucks and driving hours, and our brother and sister sheriff employees in Monroe County, Florida handled distribution at that end. It was a collaborative effort sorely needed by scores of grateful hurricane victims. It seemed those 18-wheelers had barely rumbled off when our employees were at it again for the Christmas season, donating toys and cash for this years chosen cause – Homeless for the Holidays. Charitably inclined constituents also dropped off toys and checks here at the jail, the latter totaling more than $1,000.

Saving the best for last, news arrived in late December that the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, had approved our application to join its 287(g) program. That means four of our deputies will learn how to identify, process, and when appropriate continue to detain those immigration offenders in our custody who have committed or are charged with serious crimes. The goal is straightforward: To enhance public safety by identifying aliens, lodging appropriate immigration detainers, and commencing removal proceedings on potentially deportable criminal aliens already booked into our facility.

And 2017 is now in the past. On to a new year, new challenges and the one constant that has marked my tenure here: A staff that’s taken to heart the advice of New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, they “do their job” and they do it very well.

For the BCSO's 287(g) Agreement

click the following link:

News Release                                                           December 20, 2017

BCSO's 287(g) Partnership with ICE Approved

BOURNE – Today, Sheriff’s James M. Cummings received a letter from Corey A. Price, Assistant Director of Enforcement of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), that the Sheriff’s application for participation in Section 287(g) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act is approved. 

This approval authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deputize selected state and local law enforcement officers to enforce selected federal immigration law.  ICE will provide the officers with training and authorization to identify, process, and when appropriate to further detain immigration offenders already in their custody. 

The goal of this program is to enhance public safety by identifying aliens, lodging immigration detainers, and initiating removal proceedings by issuing charging documents on potentially deportable criminal aliens booked into the jail facility.

Sheriff Cummings stated, “The 287(g) program is all about identifying criminality, not nationality.  The 287(g) agreement we requested to be a part of operates under a jail enforcement model, which functions solely within the confines of our jail in Bourne.  Under this model an alien must first be arrested by local law enforcement on other criminal charges and brought to the facility before any 287(g) screening activity takes place.  We look forward to working closely with our ICE partners to improve the public safety of Cape Cod.”

A review of the cases referred to ICE since January 1, 2016 are noted below (due to CORI laws, the names have not been provided):

►Of Brazil @ BCCF/Dukes 12/8/15 thru 5/27/16 serving 1 year sentence:  Photograph Sexual or Intimate Parts of Child / Child Pornography Possess  

►Of Brazil @ BCCF 4/6/16 thru 12/28/16 serving sentence of 9 months:  B&E Vehicle Nighttime For Felony / Abuse Prev. Order, Violation / Dangerous Weapon, Carry

►Of Ecuador @BCCF 9/5/15 thru 1/4/16 as jailer:  Rape OF Child With Force

Of British Virgin Islands @BCCF 7/22/16 thru 11/28/16 as jailer:  A & B DW x3 / A & B / Assault To Maim

►Of Brazil @ BCCF 11/2/16 thru 12/20/16 as jailer:  OUI Liquor / Negligent OP of MV

►Of Cape Verde @ BCCF  12/28/16 thru 7/3/17 serving  1 year sentence:  Identity Fraud / Credit Card, Improper Use of Over $250 x2 / Credit Card, Improper Use Of Under $250 x4

►Of Brazil @BCCF 3/20/17 thru 5/23/17 as jailer: Witness Intimidation / Threat To Commit Crime / A & B / Vandalize Property

►Of El Salvador @BCCF 3/6/17 thru 5/3/17 serving 60 day sentence:  Threat To Commit Crime

►Of Jamaica @BCCF 8/6/15 thru 4/5/17 serving 2 Year 6 month sentence:  Indecent A & B on Person 14 Or Over / B & E Building Nighttime For Felony

►Of Romania @BCCF 9/3/15 thru 9/12/17 serving sentences:  A &B DW / Leave Scene Of Personal Injury = 1 Year and Reckless OP MV / Kidnapping = 2 Years

Of Brazil @BCCF 9/1/17 thru 10/24/17 as jailer:  Rape OF Child, Statutory / Liquor To Person Under 21, Sell/Deliver

►Of Portugal @BCCF 7/6/16 thru 10/26/17 serving 2 Year 6 month sentence:  Larceny Over $250 / Dest of Prop Over $250, Malicious / Attempt To Commit Crime / Abuse Prev Order, Violation / Rec Stolen Prop Over $250

►Of Jamaica @BCCF 6/22/17 thru 12/1/17 serving 6 month sentence:  Resist Arrest / Rec Stolen Prop

►Of Brazil @BCCF 8/21/17 thru 12/5/17 serving 6 month sentence:  Drug, Possess Class B / Drug, Possess Class E / Drug, Possess Class C / Drug, Possess Class B

►Of Bulgaria @BCCF/Dukes 7/7/15 thru 7/24/17 serving sentences:  Negligent OP MV / Assault With Dangerous Weapon / Harassment Order, 2 Years and Photograph Unsuspecting Nude Person = 2 Years 6 Months

News Release

December 18, 2017

Another Country Heard From

For the past 11 years, Sheriff Jim Cummings has thrown his support behind Cape Cod Cares for the Troops (CCC4T) and its immense task of sending holiday comfort packages to our fighting men and women.

CCC4T, for its part, has given the Sheriff the privilege of including a thank-you letter inside each parcel, and this year brought a new wrinkle when another country was heard from, literally: Denmark.

“On behalf of the Danes,” writes an Army lieutenant colonel whose first name is Lars, “I want to thank you for your outstanding support. This is deeply appreciated and really comforts us.   It is very touching when people you have never seen are actually thinking of your wellbeing.”

Lt. Colonel Lars, who in his letter to the Sheriff describes himself as just another soldier “somewhere in the Middle East,” gets right to the point in explaining the common mission: “We are here to fight the beast of extremism alongside our American allies and friends.”

In his sign-off, below his name and rank, there is not the alphabet soup one is used to from an American soldier – where designations like brigade, regiment, and company (preceded by numbers) can be commonplace. Just one word: Denmark.

The tiny Scandinavian country and the rest of Europe, except neutral Switzerland, have joined the U.S. in the current military initiative against ISIS (Operation Inherent Resolve), according to the Defense Department.   That would be 74 countries in all. The Danish lieutenant colonel is assigned to an American unit.

Approximately 1,400 packages were delivered this year by CCC4T and about 28,000 have been since the first payload was sent overseas in 2004. This year’s batch was prepared and airmailed late last month.

Christmas Trees,
Wrapped and Ready

They come bearing Christmas trees – Members of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office join officials at the Quashnet School in Mashpee as they prepare to deliver trees, live and wrapped, to several families who surely appreciated the gesture. The two from the Office of Sheriff Jim Cummings are John Gillen (far left) and Shaun Cahill (second from right). School principal MaryKate O’Brien is on the right and assistant principal Suzanne Avtges is in the middle.

Cahill and Avtges got the trees from Brian Morrison, a Barnstable police officer, who in turn got them from local business owner E.J. Jaxtimer. Morrison gave most of the trees to families in Barnstable, but because the police officer works closely with Cahill and Gillen he put some aside for Mashpee as well.

Sheriff Cummings's monthly column
For Cape Cod's Weeklies
December, 2017

What it is – What it is not

by Sheriff James Cummings

The national and local debate about immigration policy is often emotional (on both sides) and occasionally ripe with “fake news.”

Recently my office filed an application with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to participate in their “Jail Model” program.  There seems to be some confusion about what 287(g) is and what it is not.  Section 287(g) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deputize selected state and local law enforcement officers to enforce selected federal immigration law.

Specifically Section 287(g) allows the DHS and law enforcement agencies to make agreements, which require the state and local officers to receive training and work under the supervision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  ICE provides the officers with authorization to identify, process, and when appropriate to further detain immigration offenders already in their custody.  For the Sheriff’s Office, this means those who have already been arrested, arraigned and placed in our custody by a state judge on a separate and unique local criminal offense.

The 287(g) program is all about identifying criminality, not nationality.  The 287(g) agreement we requested to be a part of operates under a jail enforcement model, which functions solely within the confines of our jail in Bourne.   Under this model an alien must first be arrested by local law enforcement on other criminal charges and brought to the facility before any 287(g) screening activity takes place.

The goal of this program is to enhance public safety by identifying aliens, lodging immigration detainers, and initiating removal proceedings by issuing charging documents on potentially deportable criminal aliens booked into the jail facility.

The Sheriff’s Office is not authorized or interested in patrolling our communities and detaining those individuals who are simply here illegally.  Such investigations and detentions are exclusively the responsibility of ICE.  The Sheriff’s Office role with illegal immigrants occurs solely within the inside of the correctional facility, thus there should be no impact to the reporting of crime in our community by someone who is here illegally.

Any immigrant in the Country illegally and who commits a crime here in Barnstable County and is held on bail or without bail for that crime would be held at our correctional facility until their local charges are resolved, and then they would be turned over to ICE for disposition of any immigration related  charges.  Should an ICE detainee be held at the correctional facility for any time related to their ICE issues, the federal government would reimburse the Commonwealth $93 per day, thus there is no extra cost to the taxpayers.  We also have the capacity (we have over 200 available beds) within our existing facility and the staff to participate in the 287(g) program.

In Barnstable County, I put the public safety first and foremost.  Following the law and working together with our law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal level to remove violent and dangerous criminals from the streets and neighborhoods of Cape Cod will be enhanced by the 287(g) program.   If you don’t like the law as it is, you should call your elected members of Congress.  In the meantime, I and all of my deputies are sworn to uphold and enforce it.

News Release
November 7, 2017

Inmates help parishioners' pocketbooks

Scraper inmate Jason Gulley, bottom man, joins top-man and fellow painter at work on garage next to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Pocasset. The church uses the 1½-story, two-car structure as sort of a grand storage shed, one badly in need of repair. Chosen colors: white and battleship gray.

This close-up better demonstrates the structure's shabby exterior being tended to by the five-man inmate crew. The three- to four-day job will wind up saving parishioners about $4,000, based on the value of volunteer labor as computed by a US Labor department formula ($29/hour).

Another top man/bottom man configuration, only this time it's two different inmates. Just to the right of the garage, as viewed here from backside, are 14 more or less full-size crucifixes. While the ritual (Stations of the Cross) is universal within church liturgy, having the crosses outside as well as inside is much less commonplace – especially in New England and other colder climes.

Volunteer parishioners Jim Gonet (left) and Joe Prioli make a mental note of something that will need removing from beneath the roof overhang – a hornet's nest! Prioli, incidentally, often sees inmate crews at another assignment in Bourne, restocking shelves at its food pantry on MacArthur Boulevard. "If these guys [inmates] aren't there when the truck comes," says Prioli, "it doesn't get unloaded." Food pantry volunteers help, of course, but Prioli's point was the critical mass brought by inmates.

News Release
November 7, 2017

New and Innovative Programs
at Barnstable County Correctional Facility for Female Inmates

Bourne – In an effort to provide innovative and effective treatment programs to reduce inmate recidivism, Sheriff James M. Cummings has added two additional rehabilitative programs for the female inmates at the correctional facility in Bourne.  Both programs are available to pre-trial and sentenced female inmates.

“While we usually only have a few dozen female inmates at any given time, it is critical to their recovery to search out and provide programs with proven results.   By adding a weekly trauma-sensitive yoga session and partnering with treatment staff from Gosnold, I believe we will provide additional resources to aid our female inmates to be more aware of the reasons they find themselves incarcerated and take positive steps to not repeat it.” said Sheriff Cummings.

Below is a summary of the two new programs approved by Sheriff Cummings:

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Women

The objective of trauma-sensitive therapy is not to access emotions or dredge up trauma memories, but rather to help participants heighten their body awareness—to notice what is happening inside their bodies—and thereby learn to release tension, reduce and control fear and arousal, and tolerate sensation. The practice is based on the growing understanding that trauma takes a heavy toll on the body and the brain. When the body absorbs and anticipates trauma, individuals are likely to experience hyperarousal, hypervigilance, and an inability to calm themselves. Trauma-sensitive yoga helps them learn to calm their minds and regulate their physical responses and, thus, their emotions. They're able to learn to recognize and tolerate physical sensations and thereby regain a feeling of safety inside their bodies.

Guiding Good Choices

Guiding Good Choices is based on the social development model and its primary objectives are to enhance protective parent-child interactions and to reduce child risk for early substance use initiation. GGC consists of a three-session, multimedia drug resistance and education program for parents of adolescents. The parents receive three sessions of instruction including material on the (a) identification of risk factors for adolescent substance abuse and a strategy to enhance protective family processes; (b) development of effective parenting practices, particularly regarding substance use issues; (c) family conflict management; and (d) use of family meetings as a vehicle for improving family management and positive child involvement. Each session runs approximately one hour in length.


Sheriff Cummings's monthly column
For Cape Cod's Weeklies
November, 2017

Recent crime reform proposal could do more harm than good

by Sheriff James M. Cummings

From my career as a Detective Lieutenant with the State Police of more than 20 years and serving as Cape Cod’s Sheriff for the last 18, I have seen the pendulum of being tough and soft on crime swing both ways.

Now, in response to the continued opioid drug epidemic and related rise in criminal activity, a number of proposals are being considered on Beacon Hill.   While this problem is certainly not new to Massachusetts, there now seems to be a rush to “get something done.”  While well-intended, I believe several of the recent proposals under consideration could do more harm than good.

One proposal that seems to be getting some traction is the elimination of “mandatory minimum sentences” for drug trafficking.  Despite what some advocates might have you believe, mandatory minimum sentences are not being handed out for non-violent drug users.  In fact, largely because of Governor Baker’s Landmark Opioid legislation there has never been more of a focus on drug treatment and jail diversion for those suffering from an addiction.

According to the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, a comprehensive review of their records show that prosecutors exercise their discretion with good judgment so that incarceration is reserved for only the most violent and repeat offenders.  Reducing prison sentences for drug dealers and traffickers will result in more crime, not less.

In the middle of this epidemic it is indeed prudent to be compassionate to those addicted, but also tough on the dealers and traffickers who are poisoning and killing our children.  For example, the current proposal at the State House calls for eliminating the lowest weights for cocaine from 18 to 100 grams. There is no credible argument that 18 grams of cocaine is intended for someone’s personal use.  With additional evidence of distribution, 18 grams of cocaine should be adequate proof that the defendant is a drug dealer and not just someone struggling with substance abuse.  To require the defendant to be in possession of 100 grams of cocaine to prove distribution has no basis in law or common sense.

Let’s remember that being sentenced to a House of Correction can have a positive impact.  At the Barnstable County Correctional Facility we run the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program.  This program is a military-based therapeutic community incorporating discipline, respect for authority and a coordinated approach involving treatment, education and security staff.  The treatment component integrates cognitive behavioral therapy, life skills training and substance abuse treatment. Using a structured curriculum proven by research we address relapse prevention for addiction and other anti-social behaviors.  For those who complete the RSAT program, less than 1 in 5 returns to the criminal justice system. This program works and should be a model how to address the problem.

Also being debated at the State House is the subject of retroactively eliminating mandatory minimum sentences.  This proposal would permit the release of hundreds of already convicted drug traffickers.   To believe that releasing previously convicted drug dealers and traffickers back into our neighborhood is going to reduce crime and help in the drug epidemic is illogical.

From my perspective, there is a clear difference from someone who develops an addiction and commits a non-violent crime versus someone who purposely distributes narcotics on our streets.  Yes, we should provide treatment in our community and correctional facilities for those who wish to recover from an addiction; however, compassionate treatment for a drug user should not translate into releasing dangerous dealers and traffickers from prison.  To keep serious offenders out of jail and reduce prison sentences for drug dealers and traffickers will result in more crime -  not less and will do nothing to aid in the recovery of those suffering from addiction.

News Release
Monday, October 24th 2017

Sheriff's vessel tussles with Canadian Navy (only a drill!)

BUZZARDS BAY – Lawmen playing the role of international pirates attempted to board a Canadian warship this weekend near waters off the Cleveland Ledge Lighthouse, but no one was hurt or injured because it was only a drill.  But that’s not to say plenty of sweat wasn’t expended on both decks.

The two vessels were underway at the time.

The role-playing “pirates” were actually assigned to the marine assault unit of the Upper Cape Cod Regional Special Response Team.

That left the sailors aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Moncton “frankly impressed by our ability to board and do it so quickly,” noted assault team officer-in- charge Christopher Eordekian, a captain with the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office.  His smaller “pirate” boat, meanwhile, the 31-foot sheriff’s patrol vessel, made for a realistic fit in its role of hostile boarders.

The Moncton, by contrast, is a 181-foot corvette, six-time as long as the Sheriff’s vessel but a step down from destroyers and frigates.  Its primary mission is coastal defense.  The ship was commissioned in 1998, coincidentally the same year the Barnstable County’s Sheriff was elected; it is the second Moncton to carry that name and is homeported in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia; namesake Moncton is one of the few other big cities in that providence.

Many of the 37 Canadian sailors took up battle stations at strategic firing points aboard the vessel as the “pirate ship” approached and boarding ensued.

Moncton steamed about 400 miles southwest to reach Buzzards Bay and its voyage is far from over.  Its annual sea training cruise in the Atlantic will take the crew much further south – to Tampa, Florida and the Caribbean, among other places.

US Coast guardsmen aboard its 45-foot shark boat out of nearby Woods Hole were briefed on the exercise and served in the safety vessel function.

"Hostiles alongside – Note shadows Sheriff's boat is casting on Moncton. Front shadow is the SRT officer holding pole used to affix ladder hooks to side of vessel being boarded. Shadow behind him is rifle-toting SRT member. Shadow behind that is the small foredeck of the boarding craft itself.

Ladder up – Which has the "hostiles" scrambling up the Canadian warship's side.

Coast Guardsmen from the shark boat working aboard the drill's safety vessel. "They did a great job," says Eordekian.

News Release
Monday, October 23rd 2017

Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office helps nab one of state’s “Most Wanted”

The Special Operations unit of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office provided information that helped lead to the weekend arrest of Thomas Vargus in the small hamlet of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania.

Vargus, 45, has been on Massachusetts State Police’s “Most Wanted” list since he randomly stabbed a dog in Taunton on September 18th and proceeded to assault the woman who was walking it.

He was arrested without incident after leaving a Marcus Hook diner with a convicted felon from the Pagan Outlaws motorcycle gang, a man who had shot and partially blinded a New Jersey state trooper. The man was sentenced to a federal prison on that charge and Vargus at the time was behind the same bars for federal narcotics crimes.

In last month’s Taunton incident, witnesses say Vargus used a machete in his attack on both the dog and the woman. Both survived and Vargus now faces charges for the vicious twin assaults.

Besides the Sheriff’s Office and Taunton and Marcus Hook Police, State Police in Massachusetts listed the US Marshals Office, Brockton and North Attleboro Police, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons as assisting agencies.


Sheriff Cummings's monthly column
For Cape Cod's Weeklies
October, 2017

Knowledge, interpretation, follow-through: The keys to inmate classification

by Michael Shea

“Knowledge is power” is a phrase generally attributed to Sir Francis Bacon and from where I sit my reaction is a hearty, “Amen.”

It aptly describes the “secret” to running this or any other inmate classification system inside a jail or prison. In this case, the more specific our knowledge of each inmate, the better. It enables us to take the critical next step, which is doing our best to house inmates in the right cell and on the right unit. Placement is everything.

Our correctional facility has 12 housing units, 300 “living” cells, and would bulge to 588 inmates at full capacity. Most cells are double-bunked but some are singles. Our current population hovers around 335, and as you might guess the higher the count goes the harder it is to successfully navigate what we call “enemy issues.” (They boil down to “a fight waiting to happen” and in those cases the odds are reduced when potential adversaries don’t share a cell. If they are housed in different units, the chance of a clash is virtually eliminated. Even better.)

Just as important is keeping a possible predator away from a weakling inmate. Again, it is the information gathered and correctly interpreted by my classification officers that is the first line of defense here. I phrase it that way because all officers who work inside the jail, and all civilian staff for that matter, are encouraged to pass useful intelligence our way. “If you see something, say something.” Works here, too.

We can never have too much information. Just not enough. The data we gather is wide-ranging: profile questions, family and background, medical and mental health issues, education, job skills, substance abuse history, and more. All go into the hopper.

There seems to be a curious carrot and stick approach to making effective inmate housing assignments. The stick was just mentioned – attempting to keep structural barriers between potentially combative inmates. The carrot is getting inmates into units where we have useful tools for life after jail (and they are of a mind to utilize them). Occupations of greater nuance would call it matching clients to resources.

This last is trickier said than done and is a relatively new challenge shouldered by our topnotch crew of classifying officers. That’s because Sheriff Jim Cummings, correctly in my view, is bringing the best of our treatment programs to pre-trial inmates.

Until recently, many were available only to our sentenced population. Now, pre-trialers can get their high school equivalency diploma, take part in our opiate-blocker Vivitrol initiative, and even be housed in the most therapeutic quarters we have, our Residential Substance Abuse Treatment unit. It’s a model being replicated nationally.

We also have treatment specialists and in-house teachers making the rounds in House 1, the section of the jail where we house those awaiting trial. While all “good stuff,” as the saying goes, the upshot for classification is even more occasions where things could break bad if we introduced the wrong inmate into an ever-changing mix.

You might think inmate classification is easier to do at these lower-level, county facilities. But you’d be wrong. At medium and maximum security prisons, you deal only with serious felons doing long stretches. While that doesn’t make them easy places to work, for sure, officers are at least dealing with a population that’s far less diverse. Here, on the other hand, while some serve sentences for drunk driving and the like, others await trial for murder, rape, or menacing weapons and drug offenses.

The job has also become more challenging because an increasing percentage of inmates are drug or alcohol-addled. More and more are mentally ill. Then there’s the explosion of opioids like heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil. We do our best to find them the right cell assignments, but some inmates don’t really belong here in the first place -- especially that mentally ill segment. I know the Sheriff is actively seeking ways to remedy this as well.

So there it is. Thoroughness, vigilance, and never letting your guard down. That’s inmate classification in a nutshell. About the same qualities first-rate line officers exhibit daily, in a place where an exacting eye for detail is like manna from heaven.

I wouldn’t say classifying inmates is easy, but it never hurts to make it look so. As a veteran of the trenches once told me back in the old jail: “Never let ‘em see you sweat.” Good advice.


[Michael Shea is a lieutenant who began his career with the Sheriff’s Office 19 years ago. In addition to overseeing classification, he’s manned almost every security post in the both the existing Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne and its predecessor jail in Barnstable Village.]


Cape Cod Times
By: Madeline List
September 26, 2017

Donations will help Florida residents affected by hurricane.

BOURNE — The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office has organized a drive to collect supplies for Florida residents affected by Hurricane Irma, Sheriff James Cummings said.

Sheriff’s departments across Massachusetts are partnering with the Florida Sheriffs Association to collect and distribute items to those struggling to rebuild after the hurricane, he said.


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