The Massachusetts State Police have named their Homeland Security Operations Center in honor of retired Lieutenant Colonel Dermot Quinn, who was the driving force behind the expansion of the Department’s criminal intelligence and anti-terrorism capabilities for many years. Lieutenant Colonel Quinn’s last assignment was as commander of the MSP’s Division of Homeland Security and Preparedness. His tenure in that role was highlighted by the expansion of the Department’s Commonwealth Fusion Center and the construction of a 24/7 Watch Center, as well as the Homeland Security Operations Center that now bears his name, at MSP General Headquarters in Framingham. At an event unveiling the Center’s new name, Lieutenant Colonel Quinn was honored by Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy, Undersecretary Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe, and Colonel John Mawn. Other dignitaries in attendance for the ceremony were former MSP Colonels Christopher Mason and Mark Delaney, former Deputy Superintendent Steve Matthews, and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. Lieutenant Colonel Quinn and his family posed for a photo next to the sign outside the Center, which serves as a command and control room for combined law enforcement operations during critical incidents.
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