Team of Maine troopers, sheriff’s deputies head to NJ to help in wake of hurricane

Posted Nov. 04, 2012, at 1:37 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A team of Maine State Police troopers and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department deputies left for New Jersey on Sunday morning to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc on the region when it made landfall a week ago.

The 11 troopers and four deputies are expected to arrive in New Jersey on Sunday evening, where they will stay at Fort Dix Army base before assisting local officers by patrolling the area Monday, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

They will be sworn in as New Jersey law enforcement officers.

Two of the Maine troopers previously lived in New Jersey and two of the deputies served in Louisiana seven years ago after Hurricane Katrina struck, McCausland said.

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“We are proud to have you represent Maine on the streets of New Jersey and to assist the residents of that state in their recovery from this hurricane,” Col. Robert Williams, chief of the Maine State Police told the team before it left from South Portland on Sunday morning.

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