Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Tactical Response Team are headed to Boston today to provide relief for those who responded to Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Oak Bluffs Lt. Tim Williamson told the Gazette that he and other members of the tactical team were headed to Boston on Wednesday afternoon for a 12-hour shift, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.


The newly created Martha’s Vineyard Tactical Response Team was dispatched for the first time on Saturday to assist West Tisbury police with a warrant arrest of a man with a history of violent crime.

On Friday police were notified by the Barnstable superior court probation department of a probation warrant for William F. Campbell, who lives on Great Pond Road. Police said that Mr. Campbell had violated probation by not keeping his personal tracking unit on; his whereabouts were unknown.

Island police this week announced the new Martha’s Vineyard Tactical Response Team, an elite, highly trained group of officers that will assist the police departments during critical incidents such as hostage situations, searches for armed subjects and civic disorder.