Barnstable County Sheriff Condemns Former Deputy Post-Arraignment

FALMOUTH – Barnstable County’s sheriff is taking a strong stance, decrying the alleged actions of a correctional officer facing assault charges and witness intimidation related to an inmate.

Deputy Gregory Djzoen was arraigned at Falmouth District Court and was arrested after a referral from the sheriff’s office.

In a statement, Sheriff Donna Buckley said that she strongly condemns his actions, and that the office is dedicated to corrections, rehabilitation and treatment, as well as the safety of those in its custody.

“I am here today to be accountable, to be transparent, and to clearly and definitively state that violence and intimidation have no place in the Barnstable County Correctional Facility,” she said in the statement.  

The sheriff’s office has launched an internal investigation alongside the one being conducted by state police.

The following is the full release from the office:

Barnstable County Sheriff Donna D. Buckley attended the June 10 arraignment of Deputy Gregory Djaoen at Falmouth District Court, to stand against the alleged actions and show support for the rest of the staff at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office.

“I condemn in the strongest language possible the acts of violence and intimidation that are alleged here today,” said Sheriff Buckley. “While the mission of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office is corrections, rehabilitation and treatment, the foundation of that mission is keeping those in our custody – and our brave and dedicated staff – safe. That is our most solemn responsibility.”

On June 7, following a referral from the Sheriff’s Office, the state police assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office arrested Djaoen on two charges of Assault and Battery, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Intimidation of a Witness. The alleged victim of those charges was an individual entrusted to the care and custody of the Barnstable County Correctional Facility.

“When one of our own violates our obligation, it endangers everyone connected with the organization,” Buckley said. “Those in our custody deserve a safe and supportive facility, and our employees deserve to come to work without fear that one of their own is putting their career and their safety in jeopardy.

“I am here today to be accountable, to be transparent, and to clearly and definitively state that violence and intimidation have no place in the Barnstable County Correctional Facility,” she continued.

“I understand and honor that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. However, as an employer, we also have an administrative process and system that operates alongside the justice system. In that capacity, I saw enough to immediately remove Deputy Djaoen from the facility and to initiate a thorough and comprehensive investigation of the allegations. I pledge to share the results of our investigation with the public.

“I am committed to the highest standard of safety, accountability, and honor at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office,” Buckley concluded.

Judge Lisa F. Edmonds has continued Djaoen’s criminal case until August 6.

About Grady Culhane

Grady Culhane is a Cape Cod native from Eastham. He studied media communications at Cape Cod Community College and joined the CapeCod.com News Center in 2019.



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