Ricketts, NSP discuss trooper deployment in Texas

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and NSP leaders held an event as Nebraska State Troopers returned home after being sent to Texas to assist border patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a press release, Gov. Ricketts described the operation as a "successful deployment," though it's been met with some criticism over cost, staffing at home, and lack of specifics regarding troopers' duties.

"I'd like to start by thanking not only our troopers who volunteered for this mission, but also the hundreds of dedicated troopers and investigators who work everyday to keep Nebraska safe," said Ricketts.

Ricketts said, "During this deployment our troopers assisted other agencies in performing more than 500 traffic stops, 25 commercial vehicle inspections, which resulted in arrests of several people for possession of narcotics in possessions of weapons."

The decision to deploy troopers came after a request for help came from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

"We had law enforcement agencies in Texas, asking for help in an emergency situation in their community, as we see with our own communities across Nebraska, when our law enforcement partners ask for help, other agencies respond," Ricketts said. "That's what our team did here. Hopefully Nebraska is never in a situation where we need to make a similar request. But, if we are, we know there will be others willing and able to step up and help."