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SLPD sends 60 officers to Joplin

Maria Altman
St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis police officers load their gear into a van as they prepare to leave for Joplin.

The St. Louis Police Department is sending 60 police officers down to Joplin to help as the city recovers.

The officers leave Wednesday and will be there for a week.

They’ll be working 12-hour shifts dealing with traffic control, check points, and manning squad patrols through the impacted area.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Tim Reagan says the officers all volunteered for the work.

"Before roll call I asked them why are you doing this, and they said 'it’s the right thing to do, we should do it, I’m able to do it.' One person said 'I don’t have the financial resources to give, but I can give my time,' so they all feel a commitment to this,” Reagan said.

Reagan says the work will be hot and many of the volunteers who were providing food in the first week have left.

One hundred thirty-nine people were killed by the May 22 tornado at last count and about 8,000 structures destroyed.

Maria is the newscast, business and education editor for St. Louis Public Radio.

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