Local investigators learn ways to prevent terror attacks

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP)– Fighting terror attacks is happening at the global, national, and regional level.

Now, the fight was made local by both the Northwestern District Attorney’s office and No Fire organizations, a juvenile fire intervention safety program. The two sponsored a conference in Holyoke Tuesday which focused on the latest tactics investigators are using to prevent and track terror threats in our region.

“Everyday we get these explosive calls and sometimes they are real and sometimes they are not but building that capacity in Massachusetts for really top notch investigators and prosecutors in important for us and for the whole community,” David Sullivan, the Northwestern District Attorney, told 22News.

While at the conference local first responders heard from investigators of major terror threats and attacks including those who worked on the Boston Marathon Bombing case.

Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad Sergeant William Qualls speaking at today’s conference stressed to 22News the importance of education to keep local investigators up to date on these kinds of threats that continue to evolve.

“Massachusetts has been a very active state when it comes to explosive incidents and matters, in the Western part of the state we have had some major cases out here,” Sgt. Qualls said.

Police and fire investigators from dozens of communities attended the two-day conference including those from West Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee, as well as departments from eastern parts of the state and some from southern Connecticut.

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