More than fifty police officers from Illinois are leaving today for New Jersey. 29 state troopers and 25 more local officers from around Illinois departed Springfield this weekend after processing at the State Emergency Operations Center. They’ll be in New Jersey for a week. Lt. Col. Todd Kilby (KILL-bee) of the Illinois State Police says the Illinoisans will have the same police powers as the local forces in New Jersey. Kilby says some of the New Jersey officers need relief so they may tend to damage at their own homes. Also, more police are needed after such disasters because the communications infrastructure is compromised; it’s harder for many people to call the police.
(Posted 11-12-2012 at 6:59am, Illinois Radio Network)