These officers are the first of 70 that will be deployed to the island over the next six weeks.
Officer Izzy Marrero answered the call for volunteers without hesitation. "We will not forget Puerto Rico", says the Volunteer Ministers International Coordinator.
"Many of these officers have family, friends and loved ones on the island, making this mission not only an important professional response, but a deeply personal one as they bring their skills, empathy and compassion to those still left suffering in the wake of a devastating hurricane season", the Boston Police Department said. "My grandma's house is gone", said Marrero. "If we can help, we're going to help them", added Lt.
Gottlieb said the power disruptions could cause new medicine shortages and exacerbate shortages that existed before Hurricane Maria, and Irma before that, slammed the island.
The medical products industry, which set up a large base in Puerto Rico decades ago to take advantage of since-expired tax advantages, is key to the financial health of the debt-laden territory. "I don't know what the traffic conditions are, I don't know about the building conditions. but They're all there to lend a hand", he said.
Over the last two weeks, the group has collected donations from across the state.
"We are using federal grants for the deployment so that there is no impact to Jersey City tax payers, but at the same, time we can continue to be supportive", Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said. The officers will assist local police by helping to enforce a curfew and perform other security measures.