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From YouTube: Arlington Stories |Hurricane Maria hits home for Arlington Police


Twelve Arlington County Police officers volunteered and deployed to Puerto Rico to assist with law enforcement resources in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The officers deployed in three staggered teams between November 10 – December 18, 2017, and served the Puerto Rico community for sixteen days each. The request for assistance came through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which is the national emergency management mutual aid system that facilitates state-to-state disaster assistance. Upon arrival to the island, ACPD officers were sworn into service as peace officers. Their mission was to provide traffic control at critical intersections impacted by power outages, relieving this burden from the local officers who can now focus on other law enforcement responsibilities. Each of our three teams provided traffic direction at the intersection of Route 66 and Route 3 in the town of Rio Grande. Throughout their deployment, they worked 12-hour shifts in service to the Puerto Rico community and were joined by other Virginia Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) teams from Prince William and Hampton, as well as teams from, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Florida, Houston and Montana.

“I am proud that our officers are willing to dedicate their time to provide the citizens of Puerto Rico with an added sense of security in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria,” said Police Chief M. Jay Farr. “Our officers take an oath to serve and protect and their willingness to deploy shows their commitment and dedication, not just to the Arlington County community, but to citizens everywhere.”