Effective Friday, May 17, 2002, the Army National Guard will complete the withdrawal of troops from Logan International Airport. The Guardsmen were stationed at security checkpoints where their duties included checking identification and boarding passes. They will be replaced by State Police Troopers.
"The men and women of the National Guard provided a valuable service at our nation's airports and we thank them for their service at Logan," said Massport CEO and Executive Director Craig P. Coy.
State Police are already patrolling the terminals at Logan as part of their Community Policing Program. Troopers are assigned to patrol a particular terminal and become familiar with the day-to-day operations and airline, cleaning and concession personnel. A State Police supervisor is assigned to oversee each terminal operation.
In addition, Massport and the State Police have formed an elite unit designed to proactively combat the threat of terrorism at Logan International Airport. The specially-trained unit will be responsible for conducting security sweeps, roadblocks, surveillance, counter surveillance, covert security testing, intelligence gathering and sharing and behavioral pattern recognition. The mission is to maintain a proactive presence in all sectors of the airport community and implement preemptive measures to secure the safety of the public and Logan employees. They also will act as a rapid response team to terrorist incidents or other high-risk situations. In addition, members will assist the Transportation Security Administration and law enforcement agencies with an array of duties and activities.