HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- Local law enforcement returned home to Hampton Roads after aiding first responders in hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
Hampton Police, alongside the Prince William County Police Department and the Arlington County Police Department, flew to Puerto Rico to help with relief after Hurricane Maria left the territory devastated.
Five Hampton officers took off two weeks ago and returned to Norfolk safe and sound on Tuesday evening.
According to VDEM, the officers flew to the island on Nov. 12 and returned on Nov. 28. 13News Now caught up with the officers and their families at Norfolk International Airport when the group returned.
“Through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, and working with Virginia’s localities, the Commonwealth, and the department continue to evaluate and respond to opportunities to assist Puerto Rico and states impacted by the historic 2017 hurricane season,” said VDEM State Coordinator, Jeff Stern. “I want to thank the three localities, police departments, and law enforcement officials that have responded to the call to assist Puerto Rico for their dedication, assistance, and service.”