DALLAS (Sept. 9, 2013) – The superintendent in chief of the Boston police department, Daniel P. Linskey, will tell of lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombing when the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] opens their homeland security technology conference there November 12 -14.
Linskey’s talk will focus on the aftermath of the tragic events of 15 April 2013. It was the lightning response of his department in concert with diverse law enforcement agencies and rescue teams to the crippling downtown explosion, the shooting death of a police officer, a shootout and death of one suspect, that finally led to capture of the other.
There were no turf wars this time, as is often the case when several law enforcement agencies are forced to work together. “We had trained together the previous couple of years for a Mumbai type attack on the city of Boston with our regional partners,” said Linskey, and named a few as the state police commander, the governor’s homeland security team, fire, rescue, FBI and the national guard. Police commissioner Ray Kelly even sent help from New York city.
Linskey spoke by phone from police headquarters in Boston as a guest on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason. The program originates in Dallas, Texas, and can now be heard Webcast and archived for its world audience.
Linskey said identifying gaps is crucial. “There are things that went very, very well and things that went wrong,” said Linskey who stressed that they were constantly adapting, “coming up with solutions that no one had talked about or trained for. Our challenge is to share those with individuals around the country and globe.”
HST ’13 will be held at the Westin Waltham Boston Hotel in Waltham, Mass., USA, 12-14 November 2013. It will bring together global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation and showcase peer-reviewed technical papers highlighting emerging technologies in:
* Cyber Security
* Attack & Disaster Preparation, Recovery & Response
* Land & Maritime Border Security
* Biometrics & Forensics
The IEEE Homeland Security Conference is produced by IEEE with technical support from Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology, IEEE Biometrics Council, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and IEEE-USA. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon and MITRE are providing organizational support.
IEEE (www.ieee.org) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE-USA (www.ieeeusa.org) advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 206,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.