More than 50 police officers from Illinois will spend the next week in New Jersey. They will “help beef up their patrol and policing capabilities in the storm-hit areas,” says Illinois State Police Lt. Col. Todd Kilby.

Twenty-nine state troopers and 25 more local officers from around Illinois departed Springfield Saturday after processing at the state Emergency Operations Center. They’ll be in New Jersey for a week.

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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. And don’t count out the possibility of repair scams, burglaries, and looting.

The Illinois officers are participating under a mutual aid agreement.

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