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KSP Sends Additional Troopers to Mississippi
State continues to receive law enforcement assistance

Date of Release: 11/27/05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 27, 2005) - Twenty-nine (29) Kentucky State Police (KSP) officers departed at approximately 8:00 a.m. (CST) on Sunday, November 27, 2005, headed to the gulf coast of Mississippi. Their mission is simple: to provide law enforcement assistance to state and local departments as they continue to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

At the request of Mississippi law enforcement, KSP agreed to send troopers to Hancock County, Mississippi, in support of the Hancock County (MS) Sheriff's Department as well as the Waveland and Bay St. Louis police departments. KSP troopers, working in 12-hour shifts, will be providing law enforcement services in support of each local department with services ranging from patrol to responding to calls for assistance.

KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller met with the troopers during an early morning briefing just prior to their departure. Commissioner Miller remarked that he was pleased so many KSP personnel have volunteered to assist. "We have had many more troopers volunteer than we are able to send," he said. "The men and women of the Kentucky State Police continue to demonstrate a high level of concern for their fellow law enforcement officers in the storm-damaged areas and are willing to help in whatever way possible. We know if a situation ever arose in Kentucky requiring outside assistance, we would receive the same support," remarked Miller.

This is the third Kentucky State Police contingency to assist in Mississippi. In the wake of the storm the department sent personnel to both Mississippi and Louisiana to provide law enforcement support as well as assistance with humanitarian efforts. To date over 130 Kentucky State Troopers have participated in the relief efforts. Many of the returning troopers have cited the experience as the highlight of their careers and although they were in the midst of destruction, they were overwhelmed by the hospitality and generosity of the very people they were assisting.

This detail is scheduled to return to Kentucky after a week's stay as a fourth contingency heads out next weekend to replace them. A fifth detail is also being planned.

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