Thursday April 18, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield Police Department is sending officers to Boston today for assistance in the wake of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Police Chief Michael J. Wynn said four officers and one K-9 unit will be sent to the state capital. The first team was scheduled to arrive at 6 a.m. A relief team will arrive in Boston at noon.

Pittsfield Police received its first official request for assistance on Wednesday from the Massachusetts Major Cities Chiefs Association, Wynn said.

On Tuesday, Wynn said that the Police Department would be able to mobilize resources to send to Boston within "a couple of hours" if they were requested.