Somerville Police Lieutenant Timothy Mitsakis Awarded

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Lieutenant Timothy Mitsakis received an award today from the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) for his tireless efforts in the planning, support and implementation of a

regional investigative exercise last March. The exercise dubbed RAPID – which stands for Regional Agency Practical Intelligence Drill – included law enforcement agencies from Boston and several surrounding communities including Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Quincy, Somerville, Winthrop and Revere. The goal or primary objective of the two day training was to better prepare the region’s first responders in the event of a terrorist attack. The two-day training was funded by the Urban Area Security Initiative grant and was recognized as highly successful by evaluators.

The RAPID exercise included the discovery of explosives in several communities and how investigators worked together following leads and evidence to locate and stop the terrorist plot. These simulated scenarios and exercises help to prepare first responders and investigators to respond to a terrorist attack and 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.

The award was presented at the ASIS annual Law Enforcement Appreciation luncheon by Boston Chapter Chairperson, Ashley Ditta. Deputy Chief Michael Cabral was on hand for the presentation.

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