Nov 4, 2012 4:39 PM by katc
As the northeast continues to struggle with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Louisiana State Police has deployed more than two dozen uniformed Troopers to assist law enforcement in New Jersey with recovery efforts.
Twenty-five Troopers from throughout the state are now on their way to New Jersey. The convoy left from Troop F in Monroe at 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Many of the Troopers have personal experience in working in such recovery environments and understand the importance and challenges of augmenting local public safety efforts.
The deployment is in response to a request from the New Jersey State Police via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) for out-of-state law enforcement support. Troopers will provide additional law enforcement support and security for teams of emergency management officials in New Jersey as local officials assess the extent of damage in the most severely impacted areas.
"The State of Louisiana certainly understands the importance of emergency support during a time of crisis. The New Jersey State Police was one of the first state police agencies which readily responded when the citizens of Louisiana needed assistance following the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent and General Chair of the I.A.C.P. Division of State and Provincial Police. "When New Jersey's Colonel Fuentes called me asking for help, it was the quickest and easiest decision I've made in this position. Partnerships have been a pillar of our success in Louisiana and the value of those partnerships doesn't stop at the state border."