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Fort Worth police on way to Houston area

The Fort Worth Police Department's presence in the hurricane-damaged Houston area is about to grow.

Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman, said Fort Worth already has three officers and a supervisor in Houston providing security for city equipment on loan to the city.

He said an additional 20 officers and a sergeant are heading to Houston Thursday morning to assist the Houston Police Department.

“They will be responsible for staffing intersections, road closures and providing security for clean-up crews,” Henderson said.

He said another group of 20 officers and a sergeant will be sent Sept. 25 to relieve those officers.

Henderson said when the department asked for volunteers to send to Houston to help, the response was overwhelming.

“”We received over 80 volunteers. We had to cut them off because they continued to call. Everybody was really responsive, willing to help,” Henderson said. “We’re all about helping our neighbors.”

In Dallas, 15 officers were staging at the rear end of the Jack Evans Police Headquarters Building Thursday morning to convoy to Houston.