Massachusetts State Police

The Massachusetts State Police officially have a new leader. 

Richard McKeon was sworn in Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker as colonel and superintendent of the state police. The ceremony was at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

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The Massachusetts State Police have opened a new lab to analyze suspected criminal drug samples seized by police agencies throughout western Massachusetts.

The new drug lab with $500,000 in state-of-the-art equipment is located in Springfield. The five civilian chemists who work there will perform drug identification and certification in about 150 cases a month for police agencies in all four western Massachusetts counties, according to Col. Timothy Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.

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Officials in Massachusetts are stressing water safety with a month left in the traditional summer vacation season.

Officials with the Massachusetts State Police, state Environmental Police, Chicopee Police, and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation gathered at a boat launch on the Connecticut River Tuesday to make a public appeal to be more careful in the water.  Eighteen people have drowned in Massachusetts since June 1st. The summer is typically when swimming-related deaths spike.

Police searching apartment in Boston suburb

Apr 16, 2013
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A television station is reporting that police are searching an apartment in a Boston suburb, and authorities confirm the search is part of the investigation into the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

WBZ-TV reports that police are searching the apartment in Revere. Massachusetts State Police confirmed that a search warrant was served Monday night but provided no further details.

The FBI is leading the investigation into the explosions, which killed three people and injured more than 140 others.

The Massachusetts State Police, Tuesday, activated a new digital radio system in western Massachusetts. It promises to enhance public safety through improved communications.

State Police unveil new radio system in W. Mass.

Jan 29, 2013
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RUSSELL, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police are set to activate a new digital radio system in western Massachusetts that will enhance public safety through improved communications.

Department Superintendent Col. Timothy Alben is scheduled to unveil the system Tuesday at the State Police barracks in Russell.

The new system will improve communications between Troop B, which covers the western third of the state, adjacent Troops, as well as with statewide State Police radio channels, such as those used by tactical units.

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National statistics point to an increase in deadly violence against law enforcement officers. A 36 year veteran policeman in Springfield Massachusetts was the latest to lose his life in the line of duty when he was shot dead earlier this week while trying to resolve a domestic dispute.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.