Gov. Baker Calls Up National Guard Ahead Of Election
Governor Charlie Baker on Monday, ahead of Election Day in a bitterly contested Presidential campaign, activated up to 1,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard as one step in preparations to ensure Massachusetts “is positioned to maintain public safety following Tuesday’s election,” his administration said.
According to a news report from WHDH/News 7 Boston, Tom Turco, Secretary of Public Safety, said there was no indication of a public safety risk, but that the administration is making sure resources are available in case municipal officials request state assistance.
In recent months, the National Guard has been activated a few times, without being pressed into duty.
Col. Christopher Mason of the Massachusetts State Police said his agency will increase its staffing levels for Tuesday and the days following the election.
The State Police Watch Center and Division of Homeland Security and Preparedness will monitor developing incidents and intelligence, the Baker administration said.
For more information, check out the story on WHDH's website here.