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Louisiana State Police find common ground on East Coast

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

TinStop, your police friendly business directory, is proud to support the men and women of New Jersey who protect us by providing a directory of "reliable services for those we rely upon™." A team of Lousiana State Police traveled to New Jersey this November to offer their assistance to the local New Jersey police force and local residents. Read below to see how a communities can come together, even under the worst conditions! 

Source: The Advertiser

Louisiana State Police troopers are accustomed to dealing with a certain type of turmoil in the days and weeks after a hurricane — the floodwaters, high humidity and temperatures that often languish in the 90s.

But these seasoned pros were in for a completely different post-storm experience earlier this month as they assisted officials and residents in New Jersey to begin the long recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

"The damage was much more severe than I anticipated," said Louisiana State Police Sgt. Wayne Richard. "These people's lives were turned upside down."

Even with the difference in climate and geography, the troopers' experiences in storm recovery were helpful to the New Jersey citizens who were not used to damage or destruction on this scale.

A total of 31 troopers, including five troopers and two supervisors from Lafayette's Troop I, spent 16 days in Ocean County, New Jersey in early and mid-November. The volunteer effort was part of an Emergency Management Assistance Contract between the states, said Troop I spokesman Stephen Hammons.

The deployed troopers had only 11 hours notice before leaving for New Jersey, giving them little time to prepare for the cold weather and snowy conditions, said Lt. Chris Owens. They were able to receive supplies from New Jersey Wal-Mart stores and other law enforcement groups as they provided logistical and emotional support.

By the time Louisiana troopers arrived the flooding had receded, so they weren't dealing with the high water typical of southern storms. Instead, Richard said there was four to five feet of sand "everywhere you went," making cleanup that much more challenging.

Conditions worsened on the troopers' second day there when a nor'easter winter storm hit, bringing about six inches of snow and creating even more road hazards.

Owens said troopers were responsible for a wide range of duties, including patrolling neighborhoods, preventing looting and thefts and handling police calls to help alleviate the strain on New Jersey officers, many of whom were dealing with storm damage and family issues of their own.

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