Securing the Cities Program

The Securing the Cities Program is a grant issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office to cities, like Boston, containing large populations and substantial critical infrastructure of a national interest. The grant provides equipment, training, and planning support to develop a robust regional program aimed at the detection and interdiction of illicit radiological and nuclear material.

With the help of our federal, state, local and private partners, over two thousand law enforcement officers and first responders in the region will be trained and equipped to detect material that could be used to make a radiological dispersion device or improvised nuclear weapon. This new capability provided by detection equipment will be deployed on personnel, vehicles, aircraft and watercraft to effectively ring the region with a radiological/nuclear detection capability, effectively enhancing public safety.