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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Troop I has 10 officers in Ferguson

  • Officers working five to seven day shifts.
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  • Officers from Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I have seen what it's like on the ground first hand in Ferguson—but they're not able to comment on it. 
    "I can't speak about the operational procedures in Ferguson," Troop I Public Information Officer Dan Crain said. "…We are up there like everyone else hoping to restore peace." 
    The troop, which covers Crawford, Dent, Laclede, Maries, Pulaski and Phelps, has sent a rotation of 10 officers to serve in the area since Aug. 14 when Governor Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri State Highway Patrol to take over "security responsibilities" in the city, after the situation was exacerbated by increasingly violent and destructive protests and local authorities who responded in riot gear and military accouterment. Troop I officers are serving five to seven day periods, before being rotated out. 
    Nixon order the Missouri National Guard to the area Aug. 18 to aid police forces in protecting law enforcement's "Unified Command Center" in the city. 
    According to a public statement released from the governor's office, the National Guard response was based on coordinated attacks both on civilians and law enforcement officers. 
    "…I signed an executive order directing the Missouri National Guard to help restore peace and order in Ferguson," the statement reads.
    "The Guard's immediate and limited responsibilities under the direction of Colonel Ron Replogle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, are to provide protection, and ensure the safety of our Unified Command Center, which was the target (Aug. 17) of a coordinated attack. The Guard will concentrate its resources on carrying out this limited mission," Nixon's statement reads.  
    The number of Troop I officers working Ferguson shifts could vary, Crain said, some of who work throughout the night.  
    "It all depends on need and circumstance," he said. 
    Troop I is made up of 71 uniformed state troopers. 
    It's not the first time local MSHP troops have responded to emergency situations. In 2011 local troopers responded to Joplin following the May tornado to aid in security and cleanup. Officers from Troop I have also responded to flooding across the state. 
    "The Highway Patrol basis its troop response on location," Crain said. A nearby troop makes more logistical sense for response than one from Northwest Missouri. 
    But that doesn't mean the MSHP isn't willing to travel if there is great enough need. The state law enforcement agency even sent troops to aid during the aftermath of 2005's Hurricane Katrina. 

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