RICHMOND, R.I. - The Rhode Island State Police are sending members of their force to assist law enforcement agencies in New Jersey.
At 5 p.m. Saturday, 19 troopers will mount up and head to New Jersey, where they will assist New Jersey law enforcement, which has been inundated with the consequences and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
According to state police, the troopers will help with road closures, calls for routine service, curfew enforcement, and fighting crime.
The Rhode Island troopers will be sworn in by the New Jersey Attorney General, meaning they will have full arrest powers.
Police say the troopers' deployment to New Jersey is part of a wider campaign of states pulling together to assist in the recovery of areas most damaged by Hurricane Sandy.