New York sending security help to Virgin Islands

An aerial photograph taken by the Dutch Ministry of Defence shows the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten. Photo Date: 9/7/17
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp says the state of New York will be providing security assistance as the territory recovers from Hurricane Irma.

Mapp told reporters Tuesday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has committed to sending 100 state troopers and members of the New York National Guard. They will be flown into the Virgin Islands by FEMA.

Mapp says the New York troops and police officers will help with security on St. Thomas and St. John. They will assist Virgin Islands authorities and U.S. military troops.

He has said there have not been any major crimes since the storm or in the aftermath but they are mobilizing troops "to make sure we have the appropriate security apparatus in place."