Twenty-five Massachusetts State Police troopers today departed for New Jersey, where they will spend a weeklong deployment assisting police there with enforcement duties in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The Massachusetts troopers are assigned to the department’s Division of Field Services; many belong to the division’s Tactical Operations Section, including members of the Special Emergency Response Team and the K-9 Section. They will be under the command of a captain assigned to Tactical Operations. They were at the Sturbridge Barracks this morning, and drove to New Jersey. They will report tonight to Fort Dix, N.J., where they will be based in military barracks during their deployment.
Massachusetts State Police Colonel Timothy P. Alben responded to a request from New Jersey emergency management authorities, sent two days ago, for law enforcement assistance.
The troopers will assist New Jersey officers who are patrolling areas that suffered devastation in the Oct. 29 hurricane.
The Massachusetts troopers are bringing their cruisers and gear on the deployment. K-9 troopers are not bringing their dogs.