BOSTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) personnel in Boston provided critical support as part of a federal, state and local law enforcement security effort, implemented for the “2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular,” held along the Boston Esplanade on July 3 and 4.
The Independence Day fireworks display and Boston Pops orchestra concert celebration, held annually alongside the Charles River on the Boston Esplanade in Boston, is a nationally-televised public event designated as a Level 2 event under the Department’s Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR) system which determines the risk level of public events that may be considered as potential threat targets.
HSI and ERO Boston offices performed various roles to include behavior detection, investigative support, field communication support and digital forensic support over the two day period of the popular holiday spectacular, which drew approximately 500,000 holiday concertgoers to the event this year.
Following the completion of the event, federal, state and local law enforcement partners including the U.S. Secret Service, the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), which served as lead local law enforcement agency and the Boston Police Department reported no significant security issues reported at the event. Following conclusion of the celebration, multiple media outlets reported public recognition of how safely and smoothly events occurred during the two-day schedule of events.