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Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conservation police officers from central, northern and eastern Virginia deployed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sunday morning. They will meet up with CPOs from the western part of the Commonwealth. A total of 30 officers trailoring 27 boats and two wildlife workers carrying fuel and generators will make up the full convoy.
A conservation police officer inspects his equipment, including his night vision goggles, in preparation for the search and rescue operation for Hurricane Gustav.
VDGIF law enforcement vehicles trailoring boats lined up to leave for Louisiana.
Game and Inland Fisheries officers load supplies for their deployment to Louisiana. The team will take provisions to be totally self-sufficient for the first four days after Hurricane Gustav hits. It is anticipated that the all-volunteer group will be deployed for at least a week.
Colonel Dabney Watts (left) reviews logistics with Sgt. Marshall Cosby, Sgt. Randy Hickman and Major Steve Pike as the group prepares to deploy.