Thirteen Connecticut state troopers left for Puerto Rico this morning to assist in the recovery efforts after hurricane damage.
Of the 13 state troopers, 12 are fluent in Spanish. They will be patrolling and providing security and traffic assistance in conjunction with the local police in Puerto Rico.
“Connecticut is home to some of the bravest, brightest, and most selfless state troopers in the nation,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. “I’m incredibly proud of the troopers that volunteered to assist the people of Puerto Rico in their time of need, and wish them a successful tour of duty, and a safe return home. These deployments build upon Connecticut’s major hurricane recovery support efforts, including the over 70 recovery missions engaged in by our National Guard.”
Connecticut has provided additional assistance to Puerto Rico and to residents who have relocated here. More than 100 National Guardsmen have been tapped for support and have been primarily involved in communications, security forces, maintenance and aerial port operations.
More than 1,700 calls have been placed to the 211 system to connect evacuees and support or sponsors here in Connecticut with available services and donated resources.