PCB Police Officers Head to South Florida

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Many areas in Florida struggle to get back on their feet after Hurricane Irma. Many law enforcement agencies have stepped up to help, including some from right here in the panhandle. 

The Panama City Beach Police Department has sent multiple officers down to South Florida over the past few days. Among those, they sent two officers to the state emergency operations center in South Florida. 

Thursday night they sent two additional officers down to the Florida Keys to help out in shelters.

Beach Police Chief Drew Whitman said South Florida police officers have been working long hours and need relief.

"Anytime another agency needs help with a natural disaster like this, I try to send people down there to help out because a lot of the officers down there have been working 36 hours straight, no breaks, they are trying to help their community, trying to take care of their families so we are fresh up here, we will go down there and give them a break so they can take care of their families and help out. We want to help the people," said Cheif Whitman. 
Cheif Whitman also said that law enforcement agencies came to help the Panhandle during Hurricane Opal in 1995, and now it's their turn to repay the favor. 

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