Capitol Police pitch in to help in recovery

Jackie Kucinich

Several Capitol policemen have volunteered their time to assist fellow police officers in New Orleans aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina according a release from the Fraternal Order of Police.

The officers will be sent to St. Charles Parish, which will serve as a staging area for all volunteer officers. From there, they will be dispatched to surrounding areas devastated by the storm and flooding.

The Hill could not confirm how many officers will travel to New Orleans, but they will be deployed within the next few days.

“We are grateful to the Fraternal Order of Police for organizing this critical effort to help enhance security, safety and recovery of the victims of Hurricane Katrina,” Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) said Friday.

“We are proud to dispatch our Capitol Police to participate.”