Officers to Puerto Rico 2017
Six officers of the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) have volunteered and will deploy to Puerto Rico to assist with law enforcement duties in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
The officers, who are bilingual in English and Spanish, had originally planned to deploy Oct. 6, but received word from the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management (DHSEM) the day before that their deployment had been placed on hold. At the time, DHSEM stated that larger contingents of personnel were needed per agency, and that the LCPD team would be placed in the queue for possible deployment later. The LCPD was notified on Nov. 6, 2017 that the officers were approved by DHSEM for this latest deployment. They are scheduled to fly out on Nov. 10 for a 14-day deployment, arriving back into El Paso International Airport on Nov. 25.
The volunteer officers are:
- Sgt. Jaime Quezada, 21-year veteran
- Sgt. Thaddeus Allen, 9-year veteran
- Ofc. Jose Prado, 10-year veteran
- Ofc. Joshua Herrera, 9-year veteran
- Ofc. Manny Soto, 9-year veteran
- Ofc. Charli Velasco, 2.5-year veteran
“Part of the beauty of our community is that we have a large Spanish-speaking population and our police force has a large percentage of Spanish-speaking officers,” said City Manager Stuart C. Ed. “That places us in a unique position to help Puerto Rico with its request for assistance. I extend my thanks to the six volunteers and their families, Police Chief Jaime Montoya and the entire police department for their willing participation.”
"I'm very proud that our officers are willing to dedicate their time to this worthy cause and help the citizens of Puerto Rico,” said Police Chief Jaime Montoya. “This shows their commitment and human kindness not just to our community, but citizens everywhere. My thoughts, prayers and well wishes go out to the citizens of Puerto Rico and my officers as they deploy."