ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - It looks like St. Paul police won't be headed to Puerto Rico, after all.
Ten Spanish-speaking officers from the St. Paul Police Department had volunteered to go to Puerto Rico to help in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
The officers stepped up after the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday asked for help from Spanish-speaking officers from the around the country.
But on Monday, St. Paul police announced on Twitter that the officers are no longer going, since the Puerto Rican government has now said they only need 150 officers, with their own vehicles, to help.
Just heard from gov't in Puerto Rico who now want only 150 officers w/vehicles. SPPD no longer deploying to assist with hurricane recovery.— St. Paul Police PIO (@sppdPIO) October 1, 2017
Members from the Minnesota National Guard and Air National Guard are already in Puerto Rico.