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Nebraska State Patrol union raises concerns with troopers’ border deployment

Updated: Jun. 29, 2021 at 5:30 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - The State Troopers Association of Nebraska has expressed concern about the governor’s decision to deploy about two dozen troopers to Texas to help patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced earlier this month that he would send about 25 Nebraska State Patrol troopers to Del Rio in response to “a request for assistance from emergency management officials in the State of Texas.”

A letter sent to members of STAN on Monday makes it clear that the troopers’ union supports members of the Nebraska State Patrol who either have been or will be deployed at the border, noting some of the deployments were not voluntary.

The association president provided a list of concerns that he wants the Nebraska State Patrol Administration, Colonel John Bolduc, and NSP Legal Counsel to address, including: proper equipment and training, a period of time to get acclimated, proper counseling and peer support, proper legal representation and guidance, and proper pay.

The union is asking for the concerns to be addressed to ensure their members’ needs are met, and the letter asks for a response by the end of Wednesday.

“The State Troopers Association of Nebraska fully supports members of the Nebraska State Patrol who have and will, undertake the worthy cause of supporting our brothers and sisters in Texas and helping protect the citizens of Texas,” the letter states, noting ways for members to get help with “the emotional, psychological and financial stresses a situation such as this places upon our members and their families.”

Read the letter sent to STAN members

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