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Brian Allen, Reporter

Nevada Law Officers Help Keep Peace in Mississippi

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Police officers from Nevada are now in charge of keeping the peace in the hurricane-damaged city of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Our local officers started their new duties early Saturday morning.

Eyewitness News reporter Brian Allen and photojournalist Mark Mutchler bring you the story live from Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Pascagoula is just west of Biloxi on the Gulf Coast. The area has sustained serious damage. In some cases, homes are gone wiped completely off their foundations and are likely now sitting at the bottom of the Mississippi Sound.

Late last week, Pascagoula city leaders requested emergency help in patrolling the city, as nearly all of the officers in the Pascagoula Police Department have yet to inspect their own hurricane damage.

Officers with Metro and the Nevada Highway Patrol were dispatched by FEMA officials to assist Pascagoula in keeping the city as safe as possible. Sergeant Ronnie Castille with the Pascagoula Police Department was instrumental in making the request that brought the Nevada officers there.

He said, "The magnitude of this one was pretty overwhelming knowing that -- god knows we'd have to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to do what we needed to do to protect people's property. Basically all their property is out in the streets and everywhere else. It was really good to see these agencies responding to us like this. If it had not been for them there would have been some long hours and tough times for us."

The Nevada officers in Pascagoula are working 12 hours shifts at least. Some concede they're working longer than that because there is so much to do and they want to help as many people as they can.

It is not uncommon in Pascagoula to see a Metro Police squad car driving down the street and hearing residents yell, "thank you" and "God bless you."

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