NYC Police Officers Did Many Non-Law Enforcement Jobs In Sandy’s Aftermath


The severity of Hurricane Sandy in New York City last week forced the police department to repurpose tens of thousands of its officers, providing the basic infrastructural glue to hold the city together, even as things were no better at home for many officers than for those they were protecting, says the New York Times. “A lot of people lost everything,” said Roy Richter, the president of the Captains Endowment Association, which represents captains, inspectors, deputy chiefs and police surgeons. “The difference is, the police have to go to work.”

Police cadets waved flashlights at darkened intersections. Officers were called to control unruly, mile-long lines at the few gas stations that were open. Others were sent to the hardest-hit areas of the city, delivering much-needed supplies to those in need of power, heat, and nonperishable food. At the same time, there were more than 2,900 rescues by police officers during and after the storm. Looters were arrested; the number of burglaries rose last week. “We had sufficient notice that this storm was going to be a big one,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. “So we sort of shut down or put to the side some normal operations and put our officers on extended tours and were able to respond very quickly. We pride ourselves on that; we know we have to be flexible.”

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