St. Louis Police Send 60 Officers to Joplin

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Sixty St. Louis police officers are headed to Joplin today to assist the city following last week's devastating tornado.

The officers will stay in Joplin for at least a week -- perhaps longer. Joplin officials contacted the police department on Monday requesting aid.

The St. Louis officers will assist with various duties, including traffic control, perimeter checkpoint staffing for both traffic and security, squad patrols through the impact site, volunteer management and any other tasks the may require law enforcement assistance.

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