The State Troopers PBA is proud that our members have been called upon to help the Louisiana State Police in hurricane-ravaged areas. On Wednesday, 100 New York State Troopers will be deployed to Louisiana. PBA President Daniel M. De Federicis was interviewed by Capital News 9, a cable news channel based in Albany, about the special assignment. Below is the report from the news station’s web site, as well as a link to the web site.
State troopers headed to Louisiana
Updated: 9/26/2005 8:30:13 PM
By: Capital News 9 web staff
For the first time in history, New York State troopers will be sent out of state to help with a natural disaster.
One hundred state troopers will leave Wednesday for Louisiana to help out in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Governor Pataki said it’s payback for all of the officials in Louisiana who came to New York in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
The president of the New York State PBA, Daniel DeFedericis, said the training the officers have will make it easy for them to help out down south.
"Governor Pataki has made it clear that his mission has been that we are the best trained police agency in the world, the best equipped police agency in the world, and that is absolutely going to help the residents of Louisiana," he said.
The officers will have the same authority as Louisiana State Police during their 90-day stay.