Cape Cod police officer to join Massachusetts response team heading to Puerto Rico

BOSTON – Governor Baker has announced that Puerto Rico accepted an offer from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to mobilize a team of 69 law enforcement officers from across Massachusetts to assist with security duties in Puerto Rico.

The group will include one police officer from Provincetown, among many other Massachusetts cities and towns.

The request for assistance from Puerto Rico came through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which is the national emergency management mutual aid system that facilitates state-to-state disaster assistance.

“We are proud that a team of law enforcement officers will deploy to Puerto Rico to help keep residents safe after the recent catastrophic hurricanes,” said Baker.

“The Commonwealth continues to offer personnel and equipment resources as needed to Puerto Rico, and is preparing to welcome disaster survivors traveling to Massachusetts.  We will keep collaborating at all levels of government to support Puerto Rico throughout this difficult time.”

While deployed in Puerto Rico, law enforcement officers are expected to assist local law enforcement with enforcing the curfew and other security measures. 

The deployment includes a total of 69 state and local police officers, divided into three separate two week rotations and also includes 13 Massachusetts State Police cruisers which will be used by officers for the duration of the deployment.

FEMA will arrange for the military to fly the cruisers to Puerto Rico, and to return them after the six week deployment.
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