posted at 4:36 pm Mon Nov 5th, 2012 by (WherezIt_Staff)
The Vermont State Police (VSP) will be deploying 11 troopers to New Jersey to provide law enforcement assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The VSP convoy will leave from the Williston Barracks, November 4, 2012 at approximately 9AM for a seven day deployment.
VSP members will join with 15 troopers from the Maine State Police (MSP) to create a New England State Police law enforcement strike team to assist state and local law enforcement agencies. During the deployment, VSP members will work closely with the New Jersey State Police to provide law enforcement support and security teams in the areas of New Jersey affected by the storm. Members will be operating out of the Fort Dix area.
"We are honored to be able to support the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy," said Colonel Tom L'Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police. "As part of the greater law enforcement community, it is vital that we help one another during times of crisis."
This is the second time in VSP history that a group of uniform troopers has been deployed to another state to provide assistance. In 2005, members of the VSP led a contingent of troopers to Louisiana and Gulf Port, Mississippi as part of a joint effort to provide assistance in response to Hurricane Katrina. Vermont troopers made an emergency trip, escorting relief supplies provided by Vermonter's generosity, and giving them a unique opportunity to meet up with some of their southern counterparts.
Updates and photos from the deployment will be available on the Vermont State Police's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VermontStatePolice<http://www.facebook.com/VermontStatePolice>.
VSP will continue normal staffing at local barracks to provide law enforcement services in Vermont.
For media questions, please contact the Vermont State Police Public Information Officer, Stephanie Dasaro, at 802-279-9773
Williston, VT 05495 (Set as Local)
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)