National Guard Assisting Police in Bristol Township

A curfew is in effect in the township.

Officials in Bristol Township have implemented a curfew from 8 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The curfew will affect mainly "pedestrian traffic and continue until all commercial power service has been restored, the police department posted online.

Bristol officials requested that National Guard units help local police patrol the township, Emergency Management Coordinator Kevin Dippolito told Philly.com.

The units were requested to curb possible looting that officials feared could happen, PhillyBurbs.com reported.

Police Chief James McAndrew told Philly.com that his department had responded to several burglaries and attempted burglaries. Almost all of which began just after Hurricane Sandy's effects began to deteriorate.

The storm also kept local fire and EMS crews busy overnight.

MikeM. October 31, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Funny, I don't see a large uptick in looting or burglaries on the crime mapping site. http://www.crimemapping.com/map/pa/bristoltownship So, we need Combat Troops for what exactly? Why no Civil Engineer Battalion to remove trees and assist with power? Engineer Units have equipment to perform much meeded tasks. I have the sneaking suspicion this has more to do with looking good on November 7th, than helping any of us. And just to add one point to the preceding comment, the M2 has a range of a little over 1 mile, more specifically 1500m at a point target. The M-16/M-4 is deadly at about 1/3 to 1/2 that range. So, the round can go through the looter, the house he/she is stealing from, the next door neighbors bedroom, a passing car, etc.
MelissL October 31, 2012 at 09:11 AM
And if they weren't there? I would venture to guess you would be one of the first people to complain about the lack of assistance. When you used the word "civil engineer battalion" the conversation ended because of its nonsensical nature. Do the civil engineers roll up on their unicorns? Nope, I would venture to say they are in those vehicles and just because its not pictured or in writing in this one article you should know that entire squadron or unit that was activated includes a large mix of specialties...this I know to be fact.
MikeM. October 31, 2012 at 01:39 PM
The 21 series MOS has mostly Civil Engineers. 21B and 21Z are the only Combat Engineer specialties in the series. The Army may have already merged said MOS's into The 12 series, 12B, etc. they may also have issued them Unicorns at that time. I'll check on that and get back to you.
Misranger October 31, 2012 at 04:47 PM
From what I have heard...11 officers in this township to 75,000 citizens...we could use extra help.
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