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Western Region Homeland Security Council (WRHSC)

In 2004, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) established five "homeland security planning regions" to receive funding from Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Metropolitan Area Planning Council which manages DHS grants for Homeland Security Advisory Councils set up for four of these regions: North East Homeland Security Advisory Council (NERAC); Central Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (CRHSAC); Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC); and Southeast Regional Homeland Security Advisory Council (SRAC).

Like other "Homeland Security" initiatives, under cover of "counterterrorism" and "disaster preparedness" these councils seek to further integrate local, state, and federal police forces and militarize them for the suppression of popular uprisings and for urban warfare. (See separate entry on Homeland Security) Meeting minutes of the advisory councils show consistent spending on equipment and training for "Law Enforcement Council" (LECs) in the corresponding regions. LECs are officially private professional organizations that link regional police forces to share equipment, train together in military style exercises, and form SWAT teams. LECs have attempted to use their status as private corporations to deny public records requests about their activities.

As of 2022, WRHSC leadership included the following members: Sheriff Bowler (WRHSC Chair) and Lt. Col. Thomas Grady of the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office; Chief John Dearborn of the Longmeadow Fire Department (WRHSC Vice Chair); Chief Stephen Kozloski of the Monson Police Department; Chief Michael Wynn of the Pittsfield Police Department; and Chief John Paciorek of the Deerfield Police Department.

3 School Street, Hatfield, MA (Hatfield Fire Department)

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