Homeland Security Training Enables the Region’s First Responders to Better Respond & Coordinate Resources in the event of a Terrorist Attack

Commissioner William Evans and Mayor Martin Walsh

Today, Saturday, March 8, 2014, Mayor Marty Walsh stopped by Boston Police Headquarters to view and voice his support to the BPD and all of the surrounding agencies participating in today’s Homeland Security training exercise. The exercise dubbed RAPID - which stands for Regional Agency Practical Intelligence Drill - includes law enforcement agencies from several surrounding towns including Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Quincy, Somerville, Winthrop and Revere. The goal or primary objective of the two day training is to better prepare the region’s first responders in the event of a terrorist attack.

Said Mayor Walsh, “I just wanted all of our first responders to hear from me that we can’t thank them enough for what they do and we certainly appreciate all the sacrifices they make on behalf of our city and its citizens.”

Said Commissioner William Evans, “There’s no question that training exercises like today make our department stronger and region safer.  Thanks to today’s simulated scenarios and exercises, our department is more prepared to respond to a terrorist attack. In addition to being more prepared, the inclusion of surrounding towns also allows us to strengthen the relationships with the very same law enforcement partners that we’re going to work with and call on in the event of a large scale incident. I’d like to thank all of our law enforcement partners for their dedication and participation.”