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Metro Boston Homeland Security Region (MBHSR) Jurisdictional Points of Contact Committee (JPOC)

In 2004, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) established five "homeland security planning regions" to receive funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI).

The Metro Boston Homeland Security Region (MBHSR) is one of these five homeland security planning regions. MBHSR consists of nine cities in the Massachusetts urban core: Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in Boston convenes meetings of a body called the Jurisdictional Points of Contact Committee (JPOC), which consists officers from each jurisdiction. JPOC make plans and allocate money for the MBHSR.

Like other "Homeland Security" initiatives, under cover of "counterterrorism" UASI grants fund projects to further integrate local, state, and federal police forces, along with other agencies such as fire departments and emergency services, and to militarize these forces for the suppression of popular uprisings and for urban warfare. (See separate entry on Department of Homeland Security.)

The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), which manages Boston's racist "gang database," is one of the central projects of the MBHSR. (See separate entry on BRIC) Other MBHSR projects include the large-scale urban warfare trainings known as "Urban Shield." MBHSR also serves as a conduit for Department of Homeland Security grants to police departments for militarized SWAT teams and for surveillance and communications technology. For example, the JPOC's "FY20 JPOC Final Allocations" included the following: Boston SWAT, $225,000; Brookline SWAT, $50,000; Cambridge SWAT, $50,000; NorthMetro SWAT, $100,000; Somerville SWAT, $50,000; Quincy SWAT, $50,000.

The Office of Emergency Management posts public meeting announcements for the JPOC, but doesn't publish any records of JPOC meeting minutes or other planning activities, and there is no public site listing its membership. Meeting minutes from 2020 obtained by the ACLU through public records requests show the following officers designated as members of the JPOC: Lt. Robert Gillan, Quincy PD; David Carabin, BRIC; Chief Andrew Lipson, Brookline PD; Chief/Ret. Gerald Reardon, Cambridge; Chief Brian Kyes, Chelsea PD; Chief Tony Carli, Everett FD; Chief James Guido, Revere PD; Sgt. Michael Kiely, Somerville PD; and Chief Paul Flanagan, Winthrop FD. Other participants in the meeting include representatives of the OEM, Boston EMS, Boston Fire Department, and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

1 City Hall Square Room 204, Boston, MA 02201 (OEM)

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