SOMERVILLE POLICE BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD

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SOMERVILLE POLICE BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD
is presented for outstanding dedication and effort for the month of March 2014 to

Lt. Timothy Mitsakis

On March 8 and 9 of 2014, Lieutenant Mitsakis supervised the participants of an Urban A…reas Security Initiative (UASI) program called Rapid 2014. This program is considered the first regional investigative full-scale exercise where a terrorist group would leave backpacks filled with explosives in Boston and then travel to nearby towns. The purpose of this exercise was to provide a learning environment for dozens of detectives in the Greater Boston area to work together and to test the response of law enforcement and other public safety personnel in a major emergency.

Lieutenant Mitsakis’s initial commitment to this exercise began in the fall of 2012 with anticipated exercise date of June 2013. The initial plan came to a screeching halt and was postponed when what was considered “the real thing” happened with the Boston Marathon tragedy.

During the next ten months Lieutenant Mitsakis continued his efforts and worked with the other nine Urban Shield communities. His work included attending weekly meetings, writing and revising the scripts for the scenario itself, gathering the required materials, assisting with the videotaping of each location in Somerville, preparing a budget for reimbursement, and finally supervising the events on the day of the actual exercise. Lieutenant Mitsakis spent countless hours during his off time corresponding with other state and local officials. Lieutenant Mitsakis’ dedication to the department in making the RAPID 2014 exercise a success went well beyond the call of duty.
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Charles Femino, Chief of Police

2 thoughts on “SOMERVILLE POLICE BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD”

  1. Lieutenant Mitsakis is one of the most dedicated and professional members of the SPD. The Urban Shield exercise was only one small part of his many duties as Sergeant assigned to Homeland Security. Before his promotion and reassignment, Tim was an active member of several regional Homeland Security committees and worked diligently to obtain grant funding for Somerville projects. He had gained the respect and support of all of our regional partners. He is an outstanding selection for this recognition.
    Paul Upton
    (Deputy Chief – Retired)

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