BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order on Monday activating 1,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard in the event they are needed for potential large scale events following Tuesday’s election.
Baker’s office said that while similar orders have been put in place in recent months, the National Guard has not been needed.READ MORE: 'It Will Ravage Your Whole Body': Framingham Man Recovering After 8 Months In Hospital Due To COVID-19
“The goal here is to basically be supportive of local communities,” said Baker at his Monday press conference. “We’ve heard from a number of our colleagues in local government who asked us to make the guard available, if need be, later in the week.”
Massachusetts State Police will also operate with increased staffing levels “both to ensure safety on state roadways and property and to assist local police departments that request assistance in their communities.”READ MORE: Gift Of Over $20 Million For Boston's Esplanade Would Fund New Visitors Center, Outdoor Spaces
“At this time we are aware of no specific or credible threats to election sites in Massachusetts,” said Massachusetts State Police Col. Christopher Mason. “We continue to monitor all available intelligence and will maintain an enhanced operational posture for Election Day and beyond, and will be prepared to assist in any situations that arise in order to protect public safety and the rights of all our citizens.”
Executive Office of Public Safety and Security secretary Thomas Turco said there is no known Election Day threat in Massachusetts at this time.MORE NEWS: Northeast Metro Tech Football Player Injured During Game Is Recovering After Surgery, Family Says
“There is no indication of any public safety risk in Massachusetts. Just as the Administration does for all major events, we have made additional resources available should local leaders request them,” he said.