The State Organization Index provides an alphabetical listing of government organizations, including commissions, departments, and bureaus.
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EOPSS keeps the people of Massachusetts informed about public safety issues, and provides services to protect residents from natural and man-made threats.
EOPSS is responsible for the policy development and budgetary oversight of its secretariat agencies, independent programs, and several boards which aid in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness, and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth.
The Department of Correction oversees the state prison system, managing inmates at 16 institutions across the state.
The Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) manages and administers the Commonwealth’s law enforcement information and criminal records systems, the Firearms Records Bureau (FRB), and the post-conviction victim notification program.
The Department of Fire Services provides training for firefighters, fire prevention, fire code enforcement, education to the general public, and oversees fire investigations through the Office of the State Fire Marshal. We support the fire service in the protection of life and property, promote and enhance firefighter safety, and provide fire service leadership through policy and legislation.
The Office of Grants and Research oversees the distribution and administration of grants, and conducts research, related to criminal justice, anti-drug and violence prevention education, law enforcement and traffic safety. The Office is divided into three divisions: Justice and Prevention, Highway Safety, and Research and Policy Analysis, which maintains the Massachusetts Statistical Analysis Center.
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency ensures the state is prepared to withstand, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters.
The Homeland Security Division organizes and distributes homeland security funding for Massachusetts, helping communities prepare for, and respond to, terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
The Massachusetts National Guard is an operational reserve of the United States Army and Air Force that provides ready, relevant and reliable troops and equipment to respond to natural disasters or other civil emergencies when activated by the Governor. The Guard also supports the federal military mission when activated to duty by the President of the United States.
The Massachusetts State Police is the statewide law enforcement agency for the Commonwealth, comprised of five operational divisions: Field Services, Investigative Services, Standards and Training, Homeland Security, and Administration and Finance. We staff facilities and maintain investigative, tactical and support units throughout the state.
The MPTC is responsible for the development, delivery, and enforcement of training standards of municipal, University of Massachusetts, and Environmental police officers of the Commonwealth.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner investigates the cause and manner of death for deaths that occur under violent, suspicious, or unexplained circumstances.
The Parole Board grants parole, supervises the parolee, and makes pardon and commutation recommendations to the Governor.
The Sex Offender Registry Board promotes public safety by educating and informing the public to prevent further victimization. We register and classify convicted sex offenders according to their risk of re-offense and the degree of danger they pose.
The State 911 Department oversees and maintains the statewide 9-1-1 system for emergency services.
The Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory provides forensic services for the criminal justice system. We respond to crime scenes, perform laboratory testing, and provide expert testimony.