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Pennsylvania State Police meet in York before deploying in Baltimore

Written by York Daily Record Staff | May 1, 2015 10:00 AM
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Pennsylvania State Troopers met at the York Expo Center, on Thursday, April 30. Pennsylvania is sending 300 state troopers to Baltimore to assist with restoring order in the city (Chris Dunn - Daily Record/Sunday News)

(York) -- The 300 state police troopers that are set to deploy to Baltimore Friday morning met at the York Fairgrounds Thursday evening for a pre-briefing, Lt. Col. George Bivens said.

The meeting at the fairgrounds was closed to the public, but a large amount of state police cruisers packed the parking lot as troopers met inside the Horticultural Hall.

Bivens said the troopers are fully equipped with riot gear and will remain in Baltimore through the beginning of next week. At that point, they will reassess their role with Maryland authorities.

"The role remains to be determined at this point," Bivens said.

Pennsylvania State Police began communicating with Maryland on Monday about traveling south to assist after riots broke out in Baltimore Monday night.

Riots for the most part quieted down this week, but Bivens said troopers were prepared for anything.

"There are concerns this could be a very active weekend in Baltimore," he said.

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