HEAT ALERT

Excessive heat watch issued for New Jersey with sizzling temps in the 90s this week

‘We were at the ready’: 74 state troopers deployed to Washington, DC amid situation at the Capitol

State police superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan says 74 of his troopers are in Washington, D.C. helping with the situation at the Capitol, getting the call following an EMAC, Emergency Management Assistance Compact, request made once a state of emergency was declared.

News 12 Staff

Jan 7, 2021, 4:57 PM

Updated 1,258 days ago

Share:

State police superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan says 74 of his troopers are in Washington, D.C. helping with the situation at the Capitol, getting the call following an EMAC, Emergency Management Assistance Compact, request made once a state of emergency was declared. 
“By about 11 last night, we had 74 troopers on a post on the western perimeter of the Capitol building,” says Col. Callahan.
As police in the nation’s capital struggled to regain control Wednesday, a call was made for assistance to neighboring states such as Virginia, Maryland, and also New Jersey.
“I am honored that were regarded as an agency that’s ready to mobilize that quickly,” says Col. Callahan. “That EMAC is something that we are always ready to respond to, it doesn’t matter if it’s Hawaii for the volcanoes, California for wildfires. So, when the mayor put out that request through her emergency management folks, we were at the ready.”
New Jersey State Police have assisted in Baltimore, Houston and Puerto Rico -- as well as other locations. The type of mutual support goes both ways.
“If you remember after Sandy, we had employed EMAC and we had Louisiana troopers here, Missouri troopers, troopers from all over the country,” says Col. Callahan. “Yes, I want them to be safe first and foremost and for them to secure the capital to make sure that the crowd is safe. They’re going to meet back at the command post this afternoon and will know further with regards to the length of this deployment.”
Col. Callahan says the troopers are prepared to be in D.C. as long as they are needed. All troopers recently took part in Mobile Field Force Training.


More from News 12
2:25
HEAT ALERT: Scorching high temperatures remain in place across New Jersey

HEAT ALERT: Scorching high temperatures remain in place across New Jersey

2:46
‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

0:31
Dollar Tree left lead-tainted applesauce pouches on store shelves for weeks after recall, FDA says

Dollar Tree left lead-tainted applesauce pouches on store shelves for weeks after recall, FDA says

2:06
Doctors highlight the importance of using sunscreen, particularly for people of color

Doctors highlight the importance of using sunscreen, particularly for people of color

0:53
‘He’s a coward.’ Norcross calls out Platkin for filing racketeering indictment against him

‘He’s a coward.’ Norcross calls out Platkin for filing racketeering indictment against him

1:27
Jersey Shore towns open cooling centers to help residents deal with extreme heat

Jersey Shore towns open cooling centers to help residents deal with extreme heat

0:52
Jersey Proud: 4 men bike 217 miles from NY to Cape May to raise money for childhood cancer

Jersey Proud: 4 men bike 217 miles from NY to Cape May to raise money for childhood cancer

0:26
Police: Bloomfield man shot at vehicle in Montclair road rage incident

Police: Bloomfield man shot at vehicle in Montclair road rage incident

2:17
NJ Hall of Fame Entertainment & Learning Center to open this month at American Dream

NJ Hall of Fame Entertainment & Learning Center to open this month at American Dream

0:27
New Jersey AG investigates death during police encounter at Route 9 gas station in Woodbridge

New Jersey AG investigates death during police encounter at Route 9 gas station in Woodbridge

0:26
Officials: Wildfire in Berkeley Township temporarily closes portion of the Garden State Parkway

Officials: Wildfire in Berkeley Township temporarily closes portion of the Garden State Parkway

Prosecutors try to link alleged bribes of Sen. Bob Menendez to appointment of federal prosecutor

Prosecutors try to link alleged bribes of Sen. Bob Menendez to appointment of federal prosecutor

1:42
Animal experts urge pet owners to keep an eye on their animals during extreme heat

Animal experts urge pet owners to keep an eye on their animals during extreme heat

1:23
Doctors warn people with diabetes to be extra cautious during periods of extreme heat

Doctors warn people with diabetes to be extra cautious during periods of extreme heat

1:27
Police chase from Roxbury to Parsippany ends in fiery car crash; 3 burglary suspects hospitalized

Police chase from Roxbury to Parsippany ends in fiery car crash; 3 burglary suspects hospitalized

0:33
Some NJ schools announce early dismissals as state braces for heat wave

Some NJ schools announce early dismissals as state braces for heat wave

1:32
Landscaping care, tips for your lawn during extreme heat

Landscaping care, tips for your lawn during extreme heat

0:30
Newark police: Delivery driver assaulted, robbed last month; suspects sought

Newark police: Delivery driver assaulted, robbed last month; suspects sought

0:30
Morristown's Nic Fink to compete in 2024 Paris Olympics

Morristown's Nic Fink to compete in 2024 Paris Olympics

2:28
Walt Kane discusses KIYC documentary on New Jersey’s treatment of sex assault survivors

Walt Kane discusses KIYC documentary on New Jersey’s treatment of sex assault survivors