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Middlesex sheriff joins board of national law enforcement organization

Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian. Courtesy Middlesex Sheriff’s Office
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian. Courtesy Middlesex Sheriff’s Office
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BILLERICA — Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian has joined the executive board of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration.

Koutoujian is a founding member of the organization, often abbreviated as LEL.

Established in 2015, the organization works to identify and implement solutions to reduce crime and incarceration by increasing alternatives to arrest and prosecution, especially for mental health and drug treatment, strengthening community-law enforcement ties, reforming mandatory minimums and restoring balance to criminal laws.

“At the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, we work side-by-side with community leaders and local organizations as well as our state and federal partners to enhance public safety through innovative and cutting-edge, data-driven initiatives,” Koutoujian said. “I look forward to highlighting not only the work we are doing at the MSO, but lifting up the efforts of our colleagues across the nation to enhance public safety, strengthen police-community relations and improve outcomes for justice-involved individuals and their families.”

LEL includes more than 200 current and former police chiefs, sheriffs, federal and state prosecutors, attorneys general and correctional officials from across the country.

Also joining the board are Carmen Best, a former Seattle police chief, and John Choi, attorney for Ramsey County, Minn.

“Each member brings a unique law enforcement perspective and will draw from decades of experience and leadership in their respective fields,” said LEL Executive Director Ronal Serpas. “Together, they will strengthen the board and spearhead LEL as it seeks to fulfill its mission to reduce crime and mass incarceration.”