The Tinley Park Police Department will be sending four officers to New Jersey to help with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, said Mayor Ed Zabrocki on Friday night.
The department received the request around 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, through a nationwide mutual aid program the village participates in, the mayor said. As of Friday evening, details were still being worked out, including which four officers would be sent east to help law enforcement in the Garden State, Zabrocki said. Those individuals should be chosen by Saturday, Nov. 3, after Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Neubauer determines who is available for the assignment, which will probably run for about five days, Zabrocki added.
Once the officers are selected, they will leave for New Jersey within 24 to 36 hours, Zabrocki said. The specific duties the officers will be performing once they reach the East Coast weren't known, the mayor added.
The program coordinating New Jersey's request arranges disaster aid for communities locally and nationally. Although village employees have been called on before to help with other crises across the country, this is the first time Tinley Park Police officers have been requested to help with a national catastrophe, Zabrocki said.
In 2005, employees from the village's Public Works Department were sent to New Orleans to help with the relief effort for Hurricane Katrina. And in 2001, firefighters from the Tinley Park Fire Department went to New York City after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
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