FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2013
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Chief Administrative Aide
Office of Mayor Kimberley L. Driscoll, City of Salem
Salem Responds to Boston Marathon Attacks
SALEM, MA –The Salem Police Department yesterday deployed Rapid Response Team officers, civilian dispatchers trained in incident management, and two K-9 units to assist Boston Police and the FBI in the response and on-going investigation around yesterday’s attacks at the Boston Marathon.
Salem Police has a strong relationship with the Boston Police Department through many years of collaborating on Salem’s Halloween festivities. Boston Police also recently assisted in selecting and fully training Salem’s new K-9 units, two of which have now been deployed to Boston.
Salem Police motorcycle units are on stand-by for today and Chief Paul Tucker is meeting with the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association to coordinate with Boston command staff for a briefing on what will be needed in the short term. Two members of the Salem Fire Department who are members of the National Guard have been activated, as well.
Locally police presence at the Salem commuter rail station will be increased. Salem is a member of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, which briefs member municipalities on existing threats in the area, and there are currently no threats. Nevertheless, Salem Police and Fire Departments remain on alert and are coordinating with the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council. Residents are advised to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or packages to the Salem Police at 978-744-1212.
“There really are no words to describe the tragic and senseless acts that took place yesterday,” said Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. “Our thoughts go out to all of the victims and their families in this time of tremendous sorrow. Salem stands ready to offer any and all assistance we can to our neighbors and friends in Boston. We are united as a Commonwealth and as a country in the face of these terrible acts. Salem is prepared to do all that we can to see that the cowards responsible for yesterday’s atrocities are brought to justice.”
Any witness who may have information concerning yesterday’s attack is asked to contact the Boston Police at 1-800-494-TIPS (8477) or the FBI Boston’s Tip Line at 1-800-225-5324, prompt (hash)3. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s hotline for the families of victims is 617-635-4500. The Red Cross is also maintaining a registry of people from the event at https://safeandwell.communityos.org.