, Salem, MA

April 17, 2013

Local police help out in Boston


---- — Boston police have reached out to North Shore departments to help with crowd control and provide other assistance in the wake of Monday’s tragic bomb blasts at the finish of the Boston Marathon.

“My understanding is it’s mostly sealing off the crime scene, which is like 12 blocks, and crowd control,” said Salem police Chief Paul Tucker, speaking on behalf of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council.

NEMLEC is composed of 53 police and sheriff’s departments in Essex and Middlesex counties. The regional law enforcement group has provided Boston with rapid response and swat teams.

Among other duties, the NEMLEC officers have been asked to help protect the crime scene while the FBI’s evidence response team completes its work, Tucker said.

Peabody police Chief Robert Champagne and Tucker went into Boston yesterday for a briefing by Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. Both are on the executive board of Massachusetts Major City Chiefs, which represents the largest cities in the state.

The MBTA Transit Police also briefed the chiefs and requested a heightened police presence at commuter rail stations and T stops.

Several local departments have sent officers to Boston.

“Boston reached out and asked for as much help as they could get,” Peabody police Lt. William Cook said.

The response Monday included four Peabody officers, two of whom remained in Boston yesterday. They were expected to relieve Boston officers assigned to security details, including guarding the hospitals where many of the wounded were taken, according to Cook.

In addition to rapid response officers, Salem sent in K-9 officers and dispatchers.

Three people were killed and more than 140 injured in the two blasts Monday in Boston’s Copley Square.

Staff writer Alan Burke contributed to this report.