Governor Deval Patrick's Five Year Capital Investment Plan FY2013 - FY2017

Governor's Capital Investment Plan FY2013

Public Safety

The Commonwealth's capital spending supports important public safety projects and programs that ensure the safety of our citizens and communities. Public safety capital investments range from improvements to Massachusetts military facilities to addressing the equipment and facilities needs of the State Police, Chief Medical Examiner, homeland security and emergency response agencies.

The following graph reflects the Administration's estimated capital investment in public safety capital projects and programs over the next five years, as compared to fiscal years 2007 and 2012 public safety related spending.

This bar graph shows the Public Safety spending: all sources of funds for FY07 and FY12-FY17.

Policy Goals

  1. Increase homeland security capabilities and enhancing partnerships. The Patrick-Murray Administration has recognized the need to standardize the fleet on a 'next generation' twin engine helicopter. The helicopters deploy on missions that aid in municipal response to natural or industrial disasters, wildfires, search and rescue and apprehension of suspects.

  2. Maintain readiness at Military Bases. The Commonwealth supports all military installations in Massachusetts in order to both protect them and explore opportunities to bring in new missions.

  3. Improve public safety resources. The Commonwealth creates and improves resources for the use of public safety agencies in the Commonwealth.

Administration Accomplishments to Date

  • In 2012, the State Police took delivery of the second Eurocopter EC-135. This aircraft meets FAA standards for “Instrument Flight Rules”, allowing the State Police to operate during more adverse weather conditions. This improved aircraft allows the State Police to expand the number and type of missions it can undertake. The State Police is the only department with an airwing in the Commonwealth.

  • The Administration completed construction of the Methuen National Guard Readiness Center, representing a $15 million federal investment.

  • The Administration completed construction on the $43 million renovation and addition to the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow.

FY13 Highlights

  • The $15 million state and federally funded Natick National Guard Readiness Center will begin construction this fall.

  • The Patrick-Murray Administration will announce roadway and utility improvements to strengthen security for the entry way of the US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC), a recommendation from Lieutenant Governor Murray's Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force.

  • The acquisition of the Springfield Firefighting Academy facility will be finalized and design will begin for an expansion to provide a convenient training location for the Western part of the state. The $13.5 million project is expected to break ground in the fall of 2013.

  • DCAM, DCR, MassDOT and the State Police are collaborating to relocate the State Police upper basin barracks and the DCR maintenance yard functions in order to make the site along Western Ave and Soldier's Field Road available for the construction of the new Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center.

  • The Commonwealth will begin siting and design of a new Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner facility that will consolidate two leases and provide the department with a modern Western Massachusetts lab.

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