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    NYPD sends 100 Officers to help

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    Finest and 100
    buses to help out



    By ALISON GENDAR
    and ROBERT F. MOORE
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

    A convoy of 100 MTA buses and 150 city police officers will head to New Orleans this morning to help evacuate the desperate victims of Hurricane Katrina, officials said last night.
    The buses and 17 NYPD vehicles will depart on their 1,300-mile trek from Police Headquarters in lower Manhattan.

    "We are sending down a variety of personnel and equipment," said Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne. "Some of the police officers are also EMTs, so they can provide emergency medical treatment to people in need."

    The NYPD officers will be federally deputized, giving them arrest powers in New Orleans. They could be called on to help restore order.

    Police brass said the officers heading south responded to a call for volunteers put out yesterday to the roughly 36,000-member force.

    "They need some help," said a 20-year NYPD veteran who signed up for what could be a two-week detail. "We're just going down to do our thing."

    Plans call for the buses to take evacuees to Little Rock, Ark., or Dallas.

    It wasn't clear last night how the absence of 100 buses would affect city service. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials did not respond to repeated inquiries last night.

    The police contingent joins a joint FDNY-NYPD search-and-rescue team already working outside storm-battered Biloxi, Miss. That 28-member crew has four dogs trained to find survivors and remains

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