Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence announces troopers, officers will depart for hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 02, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jeanne Lausche
Ryan Watts
(502) 564-2611 Ext. 387

Kentucky State Police, Department of Corrections, and Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement answering the call for assistance in wake of Hurricane Katrina

Frankfort, KY:  Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence announced today dozens of employees in the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet will depart for the hurricane-ravaged areas in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast.  KSP troopers, KVE officers, and DOC officers will assist in restoring order following the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. 

“This hurricane has already claimed hundreds of lives and ripped thousands of livelihoods to shreds.  Our prayers are with the victims and survivors,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence, who also serves as secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.  “I am proud that Kentucky law enforcement officers are willing to leave their families to help those in need.”

Hurricane Katrina began its sweep through the Gulf Coast region Sunday, affecting cities and communities from New Orleans to Pensacola, Florida.  The death toll from the hurricane is expected to be in the hundreds, if not thousands.

Approximately 50 KSP troopers, 10 KVE officers, and 15 DOC officers will depart for the mission as soon as possible and will remain in the region for two weeks with the option of extending or rotating the units.  Those troopers participating will be sworn in as Louisiana State Troopers.  KSP has been coordinating with the Louisiana State Police to mobilize the Kentucky units.  KSP troopers may also be assisting in Mississippi. The correctional officers will be assisting with the emergency correctional operations in Louisiana.

Furthermore, Department of Corrections Commissioner John D. Rees has requested that the 13 state prisons check warehouse inventory and donate excess items for the relief effort, as due to Hurricane Katrina there are several hundred displaced inmates from the Jefferson and Orleans parishes in Louisiana.  Multiple trucks from DOC, carrying clothing, supplies, food, and bottled water, will be sent to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections Command Center at the Elany Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, Louisiana.

 “Our law enforcement officers are the true heroes of Kentucky,” added Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “I have every confidence these brave men and women will make a significant contribution to the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims.”



NOTE TO MEDIA:  Questions regarding the specific agencies departing for the mission should be directed to those agencies’ Public Information Officers:

KSP: Captain Lisa Rudzinski (502) 695-6300

DOC:  Lisa Lamb (502) 564-4726

KVE:  Bobby Clue (502) 564-3276