DEDHAM, Jan. 3, 2011 – Norfolk County Sheriff Michael G. Bellotti has been reelected as president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association and will serve in that capacity through the year 2013.

    “It’s a great privilege to be chosen by the other sheriffs to lead the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association (MSA),” Sheriff Bellotti said. “The citizens of Massachusetts expect the very best in public safety, and we are here to provide it to them.”

    Among the tasks at the top his priority list is the Sheriffs Information Management System (SIMS) project, which will put all sheriffs throughout the state on the same computer information and data sharing system.

    “The SIMS project will result in greater efficiency and cooperation when it comes to corrections administration,” Sheriff Bellotti said.

    Under his leadership, the MSA is providing more detailed and frequent reports to the legislature and executive agencies regarding fiscal, human resource and inmate overcrowding issues. Additionally, senior staff members from sheriff’s offices throughout the state recently met in Dedham for a day-long conference featuring panel discussions on best-practice policies and how best to tackle the challenges facing correctional agencies today.

    “Because virtually all of the inmates in the county correctional system ultimately return to our communities after serving their sentences, one of the biggest challenges we have is implementing inmate reentry programs that reduce recidivism,” Sheriff Bellotti said.

    “The Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association has been serving the interests of the general public since 1983. We will continue to be responsive to the citizenry’s desire for safe communities and secure administration of the county correctional system,” he added.


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