Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence calls on law enforcement agencies across the state

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

Pence urges police, sheriffs’ departments to send officers to Louisiana

FRANKFORT, Ky.: Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence, who also serves as secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, has asked the Department of Criminal Justice Training to identify any law enforcement officers in Kentucky who may be able to assist in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 

The state of Louisiana has requested assistance from U.S. law enforcement agencies to help restore order in the wake of this catastrophe.  The request is for 3,000 police officers to serve on a volunteer basis for an unspecified amount of time.

“This mission will be one of the most important recovery efforts in our country’s history.  We are asking those police and sheriffs’ departments who are able to help to contact the Department of Criminal Justice Training,” said Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence. 

 Departments should contact Commissioner John Bizzack or Herb Bowling at DOJCT with names and numbers of officers they can provide.  The phone number is (859) 622-2217. 

The volunteer data will then be passed on to the appropriate contacts in Louisiana for implementation.  The actual work details will be coordinated through the Kentucky Department of Emergency Management and the appropriate Louisiana officials.

“Rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Katrina is a daunting task for the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.  I am proud that so many Kentuckians are reaching out to help,” added Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “I want to thank all the police officers who are willing to leave their families in Kentucky to provide service for the hundreds of thousands of people who were left with nothing in the wake of this natural disaster.”

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