Officers from the Independence Police Department have been sent to tornado-ravaged Joplin.

Officers from the Independence Police Department have been sent to tornado-ravaged Joplin.


A spokesman confirmed Thursday that six officers and three cruisers have been sent to the city, where an F5 tornado landed on Sunday night. As many as 125 are confirmed dead, with hundreds wounded.


The officers were sent to the city at 6 p.m. Wednesday. They will be part of the roving patrol and checkpoint security.


Independence officers joined a commander and five officers from the Blue Springs Police Department, who were deployed Wednesday at about 4 p.m. That team will perform traffic and security duties in the city.


The State Emergency Management Agency requested the officers, and the Joplin Emergency Operations Center is coordinating all requests.


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