On November 13, 2009, Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson met with students of the Greater New Bedford Voc-tech High School to acknowledge their involvement in community service.

Students Jonathan Alves, Brian Caton, Gregory Desrosiers, Alisha Lemieux, Sarah Lopes, Amanda Pedro, Dylan Rodrigues and teacher Kellie Martin met with the Sheriff to discuss the IRIS Program and their involvement through the Legal and Protective Services educational program at the school.

The Iris program is designed to help authorities identify children or adults if they are lost or missing by using high resolution images of the individuals eye's.

The students have worked with Deputy Linda Pacheco from the Bristol County Sheriff's Office on several occasions to assist with the scanning and data input of other children and elderly in our area.

Sheriff Hodgson took the time to discuss with each of the students their community involvement and their future plans. He congratulated the students and presented them each with a hat as a sign of recognition.

Click here for a news article regarding this meeting (NewBedford360.com)





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