The Michigan State Police (MSP) is deploying 24 uniform personnel to New Jersey to provide additional law enforcement assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The MSP deployment is in response to a request from the New Jersey State Police for out-of-state support through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).
The MSP convoy will leave the MSP Jackson Post on November 4 for a seven-day deployment, with patrols taking place from November 5 to November 9. F/Lt. Mike Krumm, MSP Jackson Post commander, has been selected to lead the mobilization, which consists of three sergeants and 20 troopers from the First, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh districts.
During the deployment, MSP members will provide law enforcement support and security for teams of emergency management officials in New Jersey as they assess the extent of damage in areas most severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
"I am proud our department is able to quickly answer the call from New Jersey for additional law enforcement personnel to help protect public health and safety following Hurricane Sandy," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP and State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. "Our thoughts go out to everyone impacted by the hurricane and we stand ready to provide additional support and resources should it be needed."
This is the second time in MSP history that a group of uniform troopers has been deployed to another state to provide assistance. In 2005, members of the MSP led a contingent of officers to Louisiana as part of a joint effort with 22 Michigan law enforcement agencies to provide assistance in response to Hurricane Katrina.
Additionally, a member of the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (EMHSD) is deployed to the National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C., providing assistance with coordinating requests for resources from states impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
As of November 2, more than 1,100 individuals nationwide have been deployed through EMAC to provide assistance following Hurricane Sandy. EMAC enables a disaster-impacted state to request and receive assistance from other member states quickly and efficiently. All costs associated with deploying resources under EMAC are paid for by the requesting state. Members of EMAC include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The State of Michigan has been a member of EMAC since January 2002.
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