ARLINGTON, VA. – Twelve Arlington County Police officers have volunteered and will deploy to Puerto Rico to assist with law enforcement resources in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The officers will deploy in three staggered teams between November 10 – December 18, 2017 and serve the Puerto Rico community for sixteen days each. The request for assistance came through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which is the national emergency management mutual aid system that facilitates state-to-state disaster assistance.
“I am proud that our officers are willing to dedicate their time to provide the citizens of Puerto Rico with an added sense of security in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria,” said Police Chief M. Jay Farr. “Our officers take an oath to serve and protect and their willingness to deploy shows their commitment and dedication, not just to the Arlington County community, but to citizens everywhere.”