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Baker Launches Security Task Force Focused On Sports Arenas And Other Large Venues

Gov. Charlie Baker signs an executive order Thursday at Gillette Stadium, creating the Massachusetts Large Venue Security Task Force. He was flanked by Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett, Undersecretary of Homeland Security Patrick McMurray, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, TD Garden President Amy Latimer and several members of the task force. (Courtesy of Eric Adler/New England Patriots)
Gov. Charlie Baker signs an executive order Thursday at Gillette Stadium, creating the Massachusetts Large Venue Security Task Force. He was flanked by Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett, Undersecretary of Homeland Security Patrick McMurray, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, TD Garden President Amy Latimer and several members of the task force. (Courtesy of Eric Adler/New England Patriots)

Gov. Charlie Baker was on the Gillette Stadium field hours before the Patriots were set to play the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday. He wasn't there to chat up Tom Brady but rather to sign an executive order aimed at improving security for the 68,000 fans who pack Gillette to watch Brady and the Patriots play.

The governor's order created the Massachusetts Large Venue Security Task Force, comprising law enforcement officials and managers of sports arenas and other big facilities. Baker said the group will meet at least four times per year to share information and best practices.

"Our view was by creating a task force — a central opportunity for people to gather on a quarterly or a monthly basis — that just seems like a way to turbocharge the activity here and give people across the venue spectrum a lot more opportunity to engage with one another around what people are doing that seems to be working to keep people safe," Baker said.

TD Garden President Amy Latimer said she already talks about security with her counterparts at Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium.

"But I don’t know that we sit in a room and strategize," she said. "We have one-off conversations: ‘Oh, have you guys looked at this technology? Oh, have you thought about this?’ We’re going to take it up to a higher level, be strategic with everybody. That doesn’t happen as often as it should, and I think this, now, will be the vehicle."

The task force held its first meeting right after the governor swore in members on the Patriots’ home field.

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