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April 20, 2013

Cape Ann officers deployed to manhunt

Gloucester Police Department K-9 officer Chris Genovese and the department’s primary police dog Mako have once again been deployed on the front lines in the manhunt for the remaining Boston Marathon bomb suspect, city Police Chief Leonard Campanello said Friday.

The city’s canine unit was deployed immediately after the bombings and have been involved since Monday, Campanello said. And Gloucester’s participation in the manhunt through Watertown, Cambridge and Boston Friday was hardly Cape Ann’s only contribution to the search and investigation.

Rockport, Manchester and Essex police also have been integrated in the regional manhunt and public safety crisis, through their town’s role with the the Cape Ann Regional Response Team.

Rockport Lt. Mark Schmink and Patrolman Dan Mahoney are that department’s contribution to what Rockport Police Chief John “Tom” McCarthy said was a team of resources from the three towns, all of whom were deployed to a staging area in Boston or Watertown Friday morning.

Manchester Police Chief Glenn McKiel said his department sent a sergeant, three patrolmen and a marked SUV to the search, though he declined to name the deployed officers for safety reasons.

Essex Police Chief Peter Silva could not be reached Friday for specifics on his department’s Boston area deployment.

Gloucester’s participation has been as part of the wider regional Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council — or NEMLEC — unit.

Locally, Gloucester police were also monitoring the Railroad Avenue and West Gloucester commuter rail stations Friday, with Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority service suspended beginning early Friday morning after the wild overnight chases and firefight that left one of the two suspects dead in Watertown.

City police also carried out periodic monitoring checks on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s northeast headquarters in Blackburn Industrial Park, according to Friday police logs.

Richard Gaines can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3464, or at rgaines@gloucestertimes.com.

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