Ricketts, NSP defend work troopers did on deployment to Texas

Posted at 1:37 PM, Jul 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-22 18:14:54-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV & AP) - Gov. Pete Ricketts is holding a press conference to welcome home Nebraska State Troopers.

About two dozen troopers were recently sent to Texas to help manage the southern border.

Nebraska State Patrol officials have defended their state-funded mission to the U.S.-Mexican border in Texas, arguing that they answered a call for help from fellow law enforcement officers amid a surge in illegal border crossings.

Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Col. John Bolduc joined Ricketts to discuss what was accomplished during the deployment. Patrol officials on Thursday described the situation in Del Rio, Texas, as a humanitarian crisis and said many locals welcomed them.

The agency has come under some criticism for agreeing to not seek repayment for the services it provided to Texas at Nebraska taxpayers’ expense. The last of the 25 troopers who were deployed are expected to return Friday.

Watch their remarks below or on the 3 News Now Facebook page.

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