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Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Visit to Massachusetts

Press Release

Location: Boston, MA

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today traveled to Boston where she met with Senator Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Representatives Ed Markey, John Tierney, and Michael Capuano, Boston Mayor Tom Menino, Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and Security Andrea Cabral, Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Colonel Timothy Alben, Massachusetts Undersecretary for Public Safety and Emergency Management Kurt Schwartz, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, and other state and local officials, as well as law enforcement and first responders, to reiterate the Department's on-going support and collaboration on issues including training and preparedness, and the need for continued information sharing at all levels of government to enhance public safety.

"In the face of tragedy, the Boston community came together in a very special way, showing not just America -- but the world -- how a great city responds quickly, effectively, and comprehensively to an act of terrorism," said Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. "As always, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) remains firmly committed to working with our partners here in Boston and across the Commonwealth to further enhance emergency response capabilities."

In Boston, Secretary Napolitano delivered remarks at the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center (MIC) and DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness Anniversary, underscoring the importance of a unified and coordinated incident response built upon teamwork, and sharing of resources and expertise. The MIC is a state-of-the-art communications and information sharing facility supported by DHS grant programs that brings together partners from across the public health community to support the response to large-scale incidents.

Secretary Napolitano then toured the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) and met with federal, state and local law enforcement officials. Over the past several years, DHS has greatly enhanced and expanded its collaboration with state and local officials as well as first responders to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of disasters and other threats while supporting efforts across the homeland security enterprise to build nationwide capabilities.

Secretary Napolitano also visited the memorial for the victims of the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon in Copley Square, and met with DHS employees in the region, including employees from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration, National Protection and Programs Directorate and U.S. Coast Guard.

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