COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP WITH MASSACHUSETTS INTERSCHOLASTIC
ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (MIAA)
TO PROMOTE SAFETY AT
HIGH SCHOOL SUPERBOWL GAMES
Commissioner of Probation
John J. O'Brien and representatives from the Massachusetts
Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), the governing
body for high school athletics in Massachusetts, entered
an historic alliance this week that will help stem violence
and target troublemakers at high school Superbowl games
throughout the state.
This new effort is called
the Probation Enhancing Athletic Climate Excellence
or PEACE Partnership Community Probation Initiative.
PEACE is the brainchild of Steve Fratalia, Director of
Resource Management at the Office of the Commissioner
of Probation and former Suffolk County and Norfolk County
Juvenile Probation Officer, and Norfolk County Chief
Probation Officer Thomas Mitchell.
Under the PEACE Partnership,
Probation Officers will maintain a presence at each
of the 25 football tournament games, which take place
November 30th to December 4th this
year at 11 stadiums throughout Massachusetts. The Probation
Officers will serve as integral members of a tournament
safety team that will include site supervisors, school
administrators, teachers, stadium security personnel
and local police. The high school Superbowl games are
the highlight of the local football season.
underscores our commitment to the community and public
safety. We are in the community day and night. The
presence of a Probation Officer at these events will
serve as a deterrent to potential violent behavior.
Probation Officers, pursuant to their statutory authority,
may issue warrants based upon probable cause that a
violation of probation has occurred. This provides
the court with an opportunity to address the probationer's
failure to follow a court order in a swift and certain
manner," said Commissioner
Richard Neal, MIAA Executive
Director, said of the partnership, "This agreement closes
the circle for us. We are committed to a healthy and
safe sporting environment. Having Probation Officers
present will discourage behavior that has led to violence
in the past."
The Massachusetts Probation
Service is a department of the Massachusetts Trial
Court. There are 12 Superior Court, 62 District Court,
eight Boston Municipal Court, and 12 Probate and Family
Court probation departments throughout the Commonwealth.
Probation's Juvenile Court System includes 11 divisions
which represent every county in the state. There are
21 Community Corrections Centers throughout the state.
Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association
is a private, non-profit association organized by its
member schools to regulate, coordinate and promote athletic
programs for high school students.