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.
Charles Femino, Chief of Police