State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa this morning swore in more than 250 trooper from various U.S. states to help keep the peace and protect property during the recovery and relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy.
They include more than 100 from Pennsylvania and more than two dozen each from Florida, Louisiana and Maryland.
Their assignments will include security at checkpoints and patrols in Monmouth County from the Bayshore area to Brielle Borough, and in Ocean County on the barrier islands from Point Pleasant Beach to Long Beach Island.
“When hurricanes Katrina and Andrew struck, many New Jersey officers selflessly helped with the rescue and recovery efforts in Louisiana, Florida and the other hard-hit Gulf states,” Gov. Christie said. “Now we have come full circle.
“This is a proud moment for law enforcement, and another example of how people from across the country are seeing the devastation wrought by the storm, coming together, and helping our state and region pull together through this period of recovery.”
“There is a brotherhood in law enforcement and a spirit of service, both of which are exemplified by these officers from eight state police agencies, who are standing shoulder to shoulder with New Jersey officers to protect our residents,” said Chiesa, who was presiding at the morning event at the Joint Base at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
The deployments are made under the provisions of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) mutual aid agreement between the states.
Pennsylvania State Police – 105
Mississippi Highway Patrol – 50
Maryland State Police – 25
Florida Highway Patrol – 25
Louisiana State Police – 25
Michigan State Police – 24
Maine State Police – 15
Vermont State Police – 11
They join thousands of law enforcement personnel in New Jersey, which include federal officers from the Department of Homeland Security, state personnel from the Department of Corrections and Division of Criminal Justice, and officers from many county and local departments.
PHOTO ABOVE COURTESY: Gov. Christie’s Office (Tim Larsen)
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